If you are going to have a website then there is a great chance that you will soon want to be registering a domain name for this site. Anyone can do this with or without, expert help, programs, or applications. However, it can seem like a bit of a daunting process when you are registering a domain name for the very first time. In order to help clarify the process for you, here e are a few things that you should look out for when registering a domain name.

The number one thing that you need to watch out for when you are registering a domain name is hidden fees and charges. This means that you need to read the fine print that details everything about the agreement you are about to sign.

Many of the registrars have a transfer out fee buried in their fine print detailing the terms of service. These fees will be applied should you switch your service to another registrar, or should you simply want to cancel the service. The agreement will be that you are going to allow the registrar to charge your credit card one final fee for your leaving. The problem is this final fee is often as much as three times what the original fee was when you were registering a domain name with them. Most credit card companies will reverse these charges, if you notice them, and ask them to do so. The registrars that are employing this tactic bank on the fact that a large number of people will either not notice the charges, or will not take the time to contact their credit card company to get the charges reversed.

There is a publicly available database online called Whois that records the details of all domain names and who has registered them. Part of the fees that you are paying to a registrar cover the cost of getting the listing on this database changed. Some companies will give you the run around and cause lock downs to occur on your site for a period of sixty days or more in order to prevent you from switching your account.

When registering a domain name you want to make certain that you are not going to get involved in free URL forwarding that will allow the registrar to sell pop up advertising on your site. This is a common trick that some of the more unscrupulous registrars try. When you see a registrar that offers completely free URL forwarding, then check out the fine print and make certain you are not agreeing to pop ups on your pages.

When looking at the monetary amounts that are charged for these services it can seem that some companies charge very little while others charge a lot. The natural urge to go with the very lowest price is hard to resist, but try and look over the terms of service and see exactly what you are about to get before opting for the cheapest option – you may not be getting the best deal.

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