Getting a Website Started--
Connecting Everything Together
If you have already registered your domain with us at WebNameSource, skip section A and start at Section B.
Section A: Transferring management of your domain name to WebNameSource (very strongly recommended).
NOTE 1: Wherever the management tools for your domain are centred, you still own it, NOT the registrar.
NOTE 2: You cannot transfer a domain to a new registrar in the first month or so after you register or renew it or after the registration has expired. And, since transfers can take time, you should not try it in the last month before it is due to be renewed.
NOTE 3: If you skip this step, you are taking complete responsibility for the DNS management of your domain, including maintaining a valid eMail address and the nameservers. If you do not understand what this means, transfer technical control (not ownership) of the domain to WebNameSource and we will manage it for you as needed.
- Go to WebNameSource.com (if you have lots of domains, use nameman.net) and select the appropriate transfer option. Follow the instructions. Note the password that you attach to the domain during this process. You will have to pay to extend your domain name by one year from its current expiry date, but our sister company's prices are among the lowest in the industry, especially considering the services you get in return.
- You will receive instructions on what to do next via an email message sent to the address from which you originally registered the domain which will direct you to a common transfer site, where you need to confirm the transfer.
- If all goes well, in a few days you will receive another email message advising you that the transfer is complete. Warning: some registrars drag their feet on these and this can take some time. Sometimes you have to sign on to your domain at the original registrar and "unlock" it before transferring. Sometimes you may have to ask them to do this for you.
- Once the domain is recorded by WebNameSource, you can go back there and select the management option to allow you manage the domain as in Method I above, OR, we can manage it for you if you want.
- If at a later time you want to transfer the domain elsewhere, you are completely free to do so. The settings for nameservers should transfer with it.
- If you find these instructions too complex and wish us to do the transfer for you, just email us the domain password at your registrars using the contact form on this site and pay the registration/transfer charge for this service at our payment centre (it is a little higher than the do it yourself charge.)
Section B: Ensuring your domain name points to your new website.
- Go to the web site of your registrar, the place where you bought and registered your domain name. If it is with us, go to WebNameSource or to nameman.net as the case may be.
- Click on the item Manage Domains (or the equivalent).
- In the dialog box you get, enter the domain name and/or your account name/number and your password. (These are the ones your registrar gave you, or you set up when you registered the domain, not the ones in your welcome message from WebNameHost.)
- After you have signed on, select the item "edit nameservers", or "change DNS" or the equivalent. You may have to first change the DNS from the registrar's to "custom" or "user".
- In the boxes that follow, enter the names of our two nameservers
first name: ns3.webnamehost.net (number: 126.96.36.199)
second name: ns4.webnamehost.net (number: 188.8.131.52)
which were also provided in your welcome message from us when your hosting account was established. You may or may not also have to enter the IP numbers of our nameservers.
- Check what you have typed to ensure there are no errors before clicking the accept or save changes (or the equivalent) button.
- Some registrars may send you an eMail message asking that you confirm the changes. Follow their instructions, but check the material in the message once again before agreeing.
- Some registrars update the central registry once every twelve hours, others (including our sister companies WebNameSource) do it in real time. However, because most Internet routing software caches (stores locally) DNS names and addresses for a day or more, it may take 24-72 hours before the changes propagate throughout the network and your site goes live (becomes accessible by its name alone, i.e., "resolves".)
- When you are all finished, you should be able to type your domain name in a browser and have the index page come up. WebNameHost supplies a "default" or "placeholder" index page that you can replace later with your own materials. Our page should be removed when you are ready.
From Arjay Web Services division of Arjay Enterprises and affiliate of Arjay Books