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Whois…

WHOIS Search provides domain name registration information

Or basically you can search to find out who owns a domain name. Just click on the link below and enter in the domain name you are interested in (without the www. part) click the button and the details will be displayed.
Click here for Whois link
When purchasing a domain name you have the ability to hide details in a WHOIS search – therefore if you cannot see anything other than the registrant (name or company name) – then they have hidden the details and that is all you can see.

Why is this useful?

If you want to purchase a domain name that is already being used, this will tell you who to contact to purchase it from – or even when the domain expires so that you can pick it up when it comes back into the mass market.

What images can I use on my website?

A picture tells a 1000 words!

Your website should have lots of images and pictures, BUT you cannot use images “found” on the Internet – that’s stealing. Most images online and on other websites are covered by copyright.

So what options are available to you?

You either hire a photographer (like Rachel Mullins Photography) to take your own pictures, or you can use stock photography (like iStockPhoto), just search and buy the ones that you like.

Can I take my own images?

Yes you can – however good imagery will enhance your website – bad imagery could do you a lot of damage.

Not sure then contact me and I can help you pick the option that is best for your own website and budget!

Do I own my domain name?

Its a popular misconception that once you “buy” a domain name you own it – in fact you only ever rent your domain name(s).

Most .co.uk domain names are purchased in two year intervals and .com’s in one year. You can however purchase your domain name for more years than that if you would like.

But don’t worry while you continue to pay for your domain name no one else can use it – unless – you stop paying for it!

Some web companies purchase the domain names on behalf of their clients – this is often standard practice, however you must ensure that they buy the domain name IN YOUR NAME. Not in their own – as the registered name of the domain is who actually owns it.

You are can also buy the domain name yourself – there is 100’s of companies that allow you too purchase domain names – LCN (low cost names) I have found to be very good and also a good price too.

Just don’t forget to keep the access details of where you bought that domain name – as I spend most days hunting down domains and getting access for clients.

I will explain more in my next post about why you need access for your domains.

Thanks
Sarah

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