What is a domain name?
By definition, a domain name is simply a human readable form of an IP address. In function it is the destination that you type into a web browser in order to visit a website, such a www.google.com. Metaphorically, it is very similar to how you would scroll to a contact in your cell phone rather than manually dialing the person by entering their full phone number; the phone number would be an IP address and the saved contact would be a domain name. Always buy a domain with a reputable domain registrar.
How do I search for a domain name?
Simply enter the web address you want to register into the search box. If the name you entered has already been registered, we'll list any available alternatives. If the domain is available, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the registration process.
I have a domain name at a different company. Can I transfer my domain to Upflare.com?
Yes. You can transfer either the domain registration or simply update the DNS at your current registrar to point to your UPFLARE ONLINE hosting account, or both. We would recommend both hosting and maintaining the domain registration with us in order to ensure the optimum support experience.
What is WHOIS Domain Privacy?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the organization that governs the rules and regulations for domain name registrations. ICANN requires, for various reasons including to determine ownership of a domain should a dispute transpire, that a publicly accessible database be maintained that contains the contact information of all domain registrants. In layman's terms this means your domain name will be searchable by anyone and those search results will include your full name, physical address and other contact information. In order to protect your privacy in this regard, UPFLARE ONLINE offers WHOIS Domain Privacy which then masks your information using our own and implements a procedure for you to control who is able to then gain access to your contact information via a WHOIS search. Whenever you buy a domain name, no matter what domain name registration service you use, you are subject to the same ICANN rules, for this reason it is important to use a reputable service who cares about your privacy.
Can I use my custom domain name for my email?
Yes. In order to convey an air of professionalism with your online business, or even just make a good first impression, it is important to use an email address that matches your domain name. UPFLARE ONLINE makes this very easy to set up once you complete your domain name registration.
Can I purchase any domain extension?
A handful of domains will have restrictions on them, which means you can only purchase them if you meet or exceed certain criteria or have authorization (some examples are .gov, .edu and .mil). But most extensions are available to everyone. In fact, most country code Top Level Domains ccTLDs are available for anyone to purchase, even if you don't reside in the country code in question.