- Domain Names - General Info
- Transferring a Domain Name
- Updating Your Domain's Nameservers
- Obtaining a Transfer Authorization Code
- Changing your Domain's Nameserver
A domain name is your "address" on the internet that signifies your location on the world wide web. You need to register a domain name through any company (registrar) that is approved by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to do so. Registration of a domain name gives you exclusive rights to use a domain name on the web, for email addresses, etc. The cost of the registration varies between companies, and is renewable on an 1-year, 2-year, 5-year, or 10-year basis. Buffalo Web Services offers domain registrations for $20 per year (or less if you decide to register for a term longer than 1 year). Once your domain name has been registered, we assign your domain name to a numeric IP address (eg, 126.96.36.1990) which is the "behind-the-scenes" actual address of your domain name. It will then take 24-48 hours for this domain information and IP number assignment to be "propagated" across the internet. Propagation is the process whereby every ISP (Internet Service Provider, eg, AOL, Earthlink, etc) updates their databases with the information we send to ICANN, so that their customers will be directed to the correct location when they type in your domain name.
Transferring a Domain Name
You can also transfer your domain registration from one registrar to another, as long as it has been registered for at least 60 days, and it's current registration is not due for at least 45 days. To transfer a domain name away from your current registrar, you will need to obtain a "Transfer Authorization Code" (aka, EPP Code) from them before you can begin the transfer. (A listing of the most popular domain registrars, and instructions on how to obtain an authorization code from them can be found here).
You will also need to make sure that your domain name is in "unlocked" status, and that the email address which is listed for the domain's Admin "WhoIs" Contact is an email address that you will be able to receive confirmation emails at. Please be aware that the only address which these emails can legally be sent to is the "Administrative Contact" listed by your current registrar. If you are unsure of what email address that is, or if you no longer have access to that email address, you will need to contact your current registrar and have them update the email address for your "Administrative Contact".
Once you have placed your domain transfer order to move your domain name to our registration service, you will receive an automated email from us (at the Admin email mentioned above) within 24 hours, which will ask you to confirm your intention to name us as your new registrar. Once you have confirmed your intention by following the instructions in that email, your old registrar may also send you a separate email asking you to confirm your intention to transfer your registration service away from them (to us). Once you have successfully responded to these two emails, it typically takes a day or two for the domain name to be transferred to us.
Updating Your Domain's Nameservers
A "nameserver" is the address of the web server that hosts your domain name's web space. It essentially tells the world "when you are looking for my website, you will find it on this server". The specific nameserver you will need to use will be sent to you in our "Welcome Letter" which you will receive when you sign up with us. If you have a domain name that is registered with a registrar other than us, you will need to update the nameserver entry for your domain name with your current registrar. (A listing of the most popular domain registrars, and instructions on how to obtain an authorization code from them can be found here). Keep in mind that if you ever need to change your nameservers, it will take 12-48 hours for the change to become fully active (aka "propagate").