Transfer a Domain Name

There are a lot of companies that really take advantage of people and charge an arm and a leg for a domain name.  If your paying more than 15$ a year to maintain your domain name your being taken advantage of.  Netfirms and Godaddy as well as a slue of other companies charge about 10$ a year for .com’s .ca’s etc.  I have seen some companies charge well over $100 a year to renew or purchase a domain.  It can really pay off to shop around.

Now if you happened to sign up to one of these companies that overcharge you can simply transfer your domain.  Again, I would recommend someone like Netfirms or Godaddy for domain as they are two of the biggest companies.  Here are the steps you need to take to transfer a domain name.

  1. Visit one of the sites I mentioned and set up an account
  2. Check your administrative contact on your domain to make sure you can receive email at the specified account (http://www.internic.net)
  3. Log into your new account and select ‘transfer domain’ add you domain name and continue.
  4. An email will be sent to the administrative contact on record for your domain with an authorization code.
  5. Log back into your new account enter the authentication code and select transfer
  6. Your domain will be transferred within 24 hours.

One little side note, I don’t recommend hosting from the above recommended companies.  Small hosting companies offer much better support for issues you have or may have in the future.  In addition a small company really works to keep your business and will sometimes feature your site on theirs creating good back links.  I guarantee you don’t get that kind of service from the big kahunas.

As always message us if you have any question on transferring a domain name.

What Should You Be Paying For Small Business Hosting

Small Business Hosting Costs

A small business I would be referring to would have roughly 1-10 employees.  Every company needs a web presence but how much would you spend to achieve this? I have come across several example of business owners paying way more than they should be, one business had been charged $175 for a one year domain renewal….Outrageous

  • Domain name – $13-$15 a year
  • Hosting – $10-$20 a year max (this presumes your business doesn’t drive more than 25,000 unique visitors a month and is strictly hosting, no value added services)
  • Web Site – Depending on operational requirements I would say a basic site development would cost between $500 and $2000
  • Maintenance – Completely dependent on site owner
  • SEO work – This is a tricky one but it would highly depend on how the web site is set up

Most small businesses don’t see a lot of traffic to their site and some hosting companies prey on people that think they do or will.  I have seen hosting fees in the range of a few hundred dollars a month when the company only received a few hundred visitors a month.  Assuming that because you are a business you need to pay for top if the line hosting is a common trap, I would highly suggest that you start off basic and move up as you see traffic and bandwidth increase.

If you have any questions or issues drop me a line and I would be more than happy to help.