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Domain Name Questions Answered

When you sign up for virtual hosting at Global Millennia Marketing we will provide the necessary forms to either register your domain name or transfer it from your current provider. (You have the option of using a sub domain such as yourname.Globalmillenniamarketing.com) The forms will be created with the information you provide on our signup form. This form will be emailed to you so that you can forward it to InterNIC. This is to ensure that your email address is the address on record at InterNIC. It is a simple process, the form is already filled out, you just need to forward it to their address (which is on the email we send you).

What is an IP address?
Every computer on the Internet has a numeric address called IP-Address that is used to identify the location of the computer. An example of an IP address is 128.44.1.42. This addressing system is cumbersome and difficult to remember for humans. Having a domain name will eliminate the need to remember an IP address.

We can register a new domain name for .com, .net or. Org and others. We can host non-U.S. domains, but you will need to register your domain with the appropriate foreign domain name authority yourself after signing up with Global Millennia Marketing.

In either case, you will own the domain name. You are free to transfer the domain name to a new provider, sell it, or modify any of the information on your registration anytime you wish directly with InterNIC.


What is the procedure for registering a new domain name?
When an account is activated with a new domain name, we will automatically create the registration template and send it to you via email with instructions for you to forward it to InterNIC. The information sent on the template is pulled directly from the order form. InterNIC typically completes the registration within 1-2 days, and propagation typically takes about 72 hours. Non-InterNIC. Domain names must be registered by the end-user prior to signing up with Global Millennia Marketing.

Let us know if you do not receive notification that a domain name has been either registered or transferred within two weeks. In the meantime, refer all concerns to InterNIC Registration Services. Check the InterNIC web site at www.networksolutions.com for contact information. Be sure to reference your NIC ticket number when contacting either Global Millennia Marketing or the InterNIC.


How can I transfer an existing domain name?
When you place an order, be sure to specify that you are requesting a transfer and NOT a new domain. We will send a modification template to InterNIC. You should keep the service at the present site while waiting for InterNIC to complete the transfer. We will provide you with a temporary URL so you can mirror (copy) the site on our server. All email and web pages will still be accessed from the current site. When InterNIC receives the template, they will generate an acknowledgment request (Ack/Nak) and send it to the current administrative contact of the domain. Once the administrative contact (you, the domain name owner) acknowledges the transfer, InterNIC will update their records.

All Internet providers must update their records (DNS tables) to reflect new site locations. This is called propagation. Propagation is usually completed in about 72 hours, during which time visitors could get transferred to either site. At the end of the 72 hours you should contact the previous host to have them delete the old domain from their records and update their DNS record. If you use this same provider for your Internet access you will not be able to access your domain site at Global Millennia Marketing until they update their DNS.

It is very important that you use the same company name and address on the template as that which is on file at InterNIC. If the company name differs from that which is on file, InterNIC will treat the transfer as a delete/new (see below), and will not allow the transfer to be completed.  If the contact information for the domain is no longer current, you will need to prepare a fax on company letterhead, as follows:

  • Include company name, address and phone number in the header
  • Reference the domain name and NIC tracking number
  • Request the domain name modification in accordance with the NIC number to the new Name Servers
  • Have the President or Vice-President of your company sign the request
  • Print the name and title below signature
  • Fax this letter to 561-989-8784, ATTN: DOMREG department with the subject of "Internic"

In order to transfer a domain name from one organization to another, InterNIC requires that the original owner file a delete/new template. This template consists of 2 domain registration templates, combined into a single e-mail. The first template deletes the registration of the original domain name, and the second re-registers the domain name using the new ownerís information. The original owner must initiate this request, as they have the authority to make such a modification.


Whom shall I contact regarding InterNIC billing?
Questions regarding InterNIC Invoicing and Payment Procedures should be referred to Registration Services. Check their web site at www.networksolutions.com for current contact information.


What is a NIC handle?
Every entity registered with InterNIC has a NIC handle. You can use the same NIC handle as contacts for several domains. This way, if you make a change to the NIC handle (i.e., the e-mail address), all domains using that NIC handle will be updated as well.


What are some common InterNIC problems Iím likely to encounter?
The most common problems experienced with InterNIC stem from outdated or invalid contact information. Itís important to keep the information for the contacts, especially the e-mail address, up-to-date. If a modification to the domain is needed and the e-mail address for the administrative contact is no longer valid, they will not receive the acknowledgement request, and the modification will take considerably longer.

The other common problem is using a different organization name on the template than that which is currently on file. InterNIC will not allow a transfer to be completed if the organization name and address information does not match. For best results, copy the information directly from the WHOIS and paste it into the order form.


Can I register a non-Canadian or US domain name?
Global Millennia Marketing can serve domain names other than .com, .net, or .org, but the end user will be responsible for registering their domain name with the proper local authority within your country. When signing up for your account, Global Millennia Marketing will provide you with an IP address that should be used on your domain application form.


Currently hosting your domain elsewhere? Looking for a painless transition to a new web hosting provider?
Global Millennia Marketingís easy transfer program facilitates moving your domain to our servers.  If your web site is currently active on another server, uptime during the transfer period is of utmost importance to your business. Our set-up program will ensure that your business has no downtime during the period when you move your web site to our servers.

  • Global Millennia Marketing will set-up your account in about 10 minutes and provide you with connection information.

  • If you request a transfer when you open your account, Global Millennia Marketing will contact InterNIC immediately to transfer your domain.

  • Upload your existing web site your new Global Millennia Marketing account.

  • Our Email forwarding system will ensure that you do not miss any messages during the transfer period.

  • InterNIC will then contact you via email for your approval. Do not approve the transfer until you are satisfied your web site is working on your new site.

  • Reply to InterNIC and authorize the transfer of your domain name. The propagation of your new IP address on our servers will take up to 5 days, after which you may close your former web hosting account!

Global Millennia Marketing can host any international domain name (i.e. - .ca, .es, .us, uk, .au, de, .fr, .jp, .br, .mx, .sg, etc.) on our network! Please note that all international domains are responsible for transferring their domains to our network. Please contact your local domain registrar.

To have Global Millennia Marketing host your international domain name simply select "Alternate Domain" when prompted for a domain type in our sign up form. The signup program will give you any the connection information you may need to give your local domain registrar (see above).


Here are the steps for activating a non-Canadian or US domain:

  • Check with the agency in your country that manages domain names (local domain registrar) to obtain their registration procedures. You also need to get the proper form or template that is required for the registration.
  • Signup for a Global Millennia Marketing account and use your domain name (ie. your_name.de or your_name.es ). Select "Alternate Domain" for domain type.
  • Global Millennia Marketing will create your account and e-mail you an activation notice that will include any connection information you may need to provide to your local domain registrar.
  • Complete the necessary information on your domain form or template for your local domain registrar and be sure to include the connection information that was provided by Global Millennia Marketing.
  • Begin uploading your pages to your new site. Your site is already set up, and will be accessible by your new international domain name as soon as your local registrar finishes their end.
     

How long can a domain name be and what are the restrictions?
A domain can have a maximum of 26 characters including the extensions (.com, .net, etc). A domain name can contain numbers, letters or a dash. A domain can not start or end with a dash.


What is a DNS?
DNS stands for "Domain Name Server". It translates domain names into IP addresses that computers understand. For example, if someone wants to access Global Millennia Marketing's web site (www.Globalmillenniamarketing.com), the DNS will translate the domain into the IP address, which will allow the computer to locate Global Millennia Marketing's web server.


What is a registry?
Organizations similar to InterNIC are called Registries. They register domain names into central computers which are accessed by individual DNS servers. InterNIC is responsible for the domains .com, .net, .org, .edu and .gov. Other common registries include Nominet for .uk, and CaNet for .ca. Some registries like InterNIC charge an annual fee. InterNIC currently charges $70 for 2 years.


What is a URL?
It stands for Universal Resource Locator. Some people refer to it as a web address (although URL is not limited to the web). An example of a URL is http://www.Globalmillenniamarketing. Please note that a URL is a unique identifier. No two web sites can have the same URL. This is the reason why you should register your domain name before someone else does.
 

What if the name I want to use is already taken?
You can choose an alternative domain name, or if you feel that you have rights to that domain name you should read InterNIC's domain dispute policy and try to regain your domain name.


How long does it take to register a domain name?
If the information provided is correct, it should take less than 24 hrs. Please check the "whois" to see whether your domain name is registered or not.


Once a domain is registered, who "owns" the domain name?
The domain name is owned by the organization that is on the whois database. Globalmillenniamarketing registers domain names in such a way to make it easy for customers to move domain names to a different web hosting or ISP Company in the future (although that rarely happens).  Please contact us if you need more information. Our support staff will do their best to answer your questions.

Many international NICs require that the account be open on our servers before they will allow the name to be registered. In those cases, you should allow 24 hours after your account is opened before attempting to register the domain name, as our nameservers will not require an authoritative response.

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