Private DOMAIN NAME Registration PROS & CONS
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Private DOMAIN NAME Registration PROS & CONS


When you go to register a brand new
domain name do you ever wonder whether or not you should choose the private
registration and pay that extra fee or not? Today I’m going to cover the pros
and cons on whether to choose private domain name registration and pay that
extra fee or not. Hi I’m Susan Friesen, web specialist, digital marketing
consultant and social media advisor here at eVision Media bringing you these eTips so you don’t have to struggle through the complicated landscape of the
marketing world that we live in. So if you are a small business owner stick
around and keep watching so that you can learn what you need to know in order to
help grow your business. To make your domain name registration private or not –
that is the question. First of all, it’s important to understand why it is an
option even to begin with. All of our domain names are governed by ICANN and they are the governing body of all domain name registrations and
they require that your contact information is associated with the
domain name that you are registering and then they publish all of those domain
names that are registered in the WHOIS database and that WHOIS database is
accessible by the public; therefore, your contact information that is associated
with your domain name is in that public database that anybody can access. Now if you have a Canadian domain name with the .CA at the end of it, CIRA is our governing body for the .CA domain names and they
automatically register your domain name as being private so for any .CA
domains that you do not need to worry about whether to add on the privacy
because that is already done for you. The pros of having a private domain name
registration is just that – it’s kept private. Your name will not be listed in
that WHOIS directory; therefore, the public cannot see who actually has
registered and claimed that. And this is particularly important if
you work from home where you don’t necessarily want the public to know what
your home address is or your home phone number or your private email address and
as a result of the public not seeing what your private information is you
will actually get less spam and unsolicited emails and telemarketers. I
find this happens to me a lot when I don’t use the privacy option I
immediately get a ton of spam emails often selling me on SEO or web
development services. The other benefit to having your domain name as being a
private registration is that you can pick and choose what information does
get displayed so you have control over what information you want to have
displayed in that WHOIS database and if this is a concern for you, your
competitors won’t know who owns that domain name either. Now there are a few
cons to having your domain name registered privately and the first one
is is that you actually don’t own that domain name if it’s not showing up in
the WHOIS directory as you, your personal name or your business name being the
claimant of that domain name then ICANN will actually not deem you as the
claimant of that domain name, the owner of the domain name will actually show up
as being the registrar that you used when you went to register your domain
name. If there are ever any legal issues involved with your domain name you don’t
have any legal standpoint, it would be all with your domain registrar. Now keep
in mind that your domain registrar is in the business to elicit trust so that you
keep going back and registering more domain names with them so the odds of
your domain name registrar seizing control of your domain and you
losing the rights to it are pretty slim but it is worth knowing that that is a
possibility. And of course the other drawback is is that you have to pay a
yearly fee in order to keep and maintain your domain name as being private. One
option to consider to avoid paying those yearly registration fees is to set up a
PO box that can be used as your address in the contact information that
would appear in the WHOIS database. You can also set up a secondary email
address. That’s where all the spam would end up going but you do need to check it
every once in a while to make sure that any emails that are pertaining to that
domain name are being taken care of. But at the end of the day if privacy is a
concern for you, if you are worried that somebody is going to see your contact
information that is available to the public then go ahead and spend that
extra little bit every year to ensure that your information is kept private in
that WHOIS database. That’s it for today’s eTip and if you like watching
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