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As a customer, you get access to our user-friendly portal My A2 Hosting. This easy-to-use portal is where you can setup auto-renewal of your .direct domain, manage your nameservers, setup registrar lock, DNS Management, renew your domain and much more.
Domains and web hosting are closely related, but separate services. A domain is the name used for your website. For example, a2hosting.com is our domain. Hosting, on the other hand, is what is needed to have your website appear online. Hosting is the space on a server where the files that your website is made of are stored.
Yes! To ensure the smoothest transfer process possible, you will want to make sure you have the EPP (Extensible Provisioning Protocol) code from your current domain registrar, the domain name is unlocked and the domain's contact information is current. Follow these step-by-step instructions to transfer your domain.
DNS propagation can take 24-48 hours to finish once you complete your domain's nameserver settings update. You won't be able to use your domain during this period. You can bypass DNS to see your site with the host's file or a Shared URL though. Follow these instructions to learn how to view your domain during this time.
In addition to offering transfers and registrations, A2 Hosting also offers high speed hosting solutions to help you get your site up and running. Whether you have a brand new site or an enterprise level eCommerce website, A2 Hosting has a hosting solution that will fit your specific needs.
Domain extensions were also created alongside DNS in an effort to organize domains into logical categories. These extensions were also called top-level domains (TLDs). When launched, each TLD option served a specific purpose. While this is still somewhat true today, the rules regarding who can register a specific domain extension is not even close to as strict as how it used to be. There were 7 domain extensions that were launched in 1985. These TLDs were:
.com - The .com TLD was intended only for commercial-based websites. .com has since grown into the most popular TLD option, and the competition isn't even close!
.edu. - Designed for US education institutions
.gov - Used by United States government agencies
.mil - Designed for United States military entities
.net - Originally intended for sites referencing internet information
.org - A non-restricted TLD that is an abbreviation for "organization"
.int - Launched specifically for intergovernmental organizations and international treaties
Location Specific Domain Extensions
Those first 7 domain extensions were also commonly known as gTLDs, or generic top-level domains. Sites within a gTLD are intended to cover the same topic or category. ccTLDs, or country code tep-level domains, is another classification of TLDs. ccTLDs were launched with the intent of classifying websites based on their geographical location. Much like how gTLD restrictions are no longer enforced or regulated, ccTLD registrants are widely no longer location restricted. However, this is not the case for all country-specific domain extensions. The first available ccTLDs were:
.us - United States-based sites
.uk - United Kingdom-based sites
.il - Israel-based sites
Shortly after the first 3 ccTLDs were introduced, a number of other options were launched. These ccTLds were:
.au - Australia-based sites
.de - Germany-based sites
.fi - Finland-based sites
.fr - France-based sites
.jp - Japan-based sites
.kr - Republic of Korea-based sites
.nl - Netherland-based sites
.se - Sweden-based sites
A domain transfer is simply the process of changing a registrar of a domain to a new designated domain registrar. When you transfer your domain, all of the domain's billing and administration information are also moved to the new domain registrar.
Not all domain registration companies offer web hosting. Likewise, not all web hosting companies offer domain registrations. At A2 Hosting, we offer both! At A2 Hosting, we offer the quickest, easiest and affordable domain registrations. Not only that, you'll also get the benefit of our our high performance web hosting. When your domains are registered with the same company where you host your websites, you greatly simplify the administration portion of managing your websites.
If you host your sites with A2 Hosting, you're already aware of our user-friendly, high performance platform available with our Shared,Reseller, VPS and Dedicated Servers. Just think of how much more convenient it will be for you when all of your website data (domain and hosting) are all located with a single company. This is even more convenient when you own and manage a number of websites.
At A2 Hosting, we have world class web hosting support. Our Guru Crew team is known for being extremely friendly and knowledgeable. If your domain is registered elsewhere, our team may not be able to assist you as quickly since they do not have ready access to your domain registration information. You will have to request assistance from your domain registrar in some instances, who won't be able to offer the same top-notch service that our team is able and trained to offer you.
If you follow the tips we have listed above, you should be able to transfer your domain without any difficulties. Are you ready to begin transferring your domains? Here are step by step instructions on how to complete your domain transfer from your current domain registrar to A2 Hosting.
Below are some tips to ensure that you have a quick and easy domain transfer:
To get a complete understanding of what a domain extension is, you have to go back in time to the 1980s. Back in the early days of the internet, you needed to type out an internet protocol (IP) address in order to access a host on a network. An IP address is simply a string of numbers and periods. Computers were able to communicate with each other using IP addresses. If this sounds complicated, it's because it was. There weren't powerful search engines back then either, like we have now, to help you navigate to the site you wanted. While there weren't many computers that were connected to the internet back in the 80's, the only way to access a website was to remember the IP addresses for each site and type it in. Sounds messy, right?
Clearly a better, more efficient solution was needed. The solution that was created was the domain name system (DNS). DNS is basically an IP address database. Instead of having to remember an IP address to access a website, you type the domain name into the browser. DNS translates this entered domain name into an IP address that computers understand and are able to communicate with. When your domain is entered into their browser, DNS translates it into an IP address because that is what computers understand. You are then directed to the requested website.
Before we discuss which domain extension you should use, let's first explore a few basic tips to help you register the perfect domain name.
With hundreds of domain extensions to choose from, you may be overwhelmed picking the right one. We're here to help!
Customize how your domain's information is displayed in "Whois" searches.
Speed up your website and improve availability with reduced redundancy.
Protect your personal information and reduce spam (available on select TLDS).
Prevents domain hijacking or transferring from your account without permission.
Our team of friendly support experts are here around the clock if you need help!
Register a new domain or transfer your existing ones now! In addition to offering the most commonly registered top level domain (TLD) options, A2 Hosting offers hundreds of additional TLD options bound to fit your needs! Just use the domain registration field above to get started!
Country specific TLDs are an excellent way communicate that your site has content targeted for a specific country or region. A2 Hosting has got you covered regardless of where you are located!
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From our friendly support team to our handy domain help guides to our user-friendly control panel, we make sure you get the easiest to use .direct Domain Registration solutions. At A2 Hosting, your .direct Domain Registration features the My A2 Hosting control panel. Use it to lock your domain from being transferred without your permission, setup custom nameservers and much more!
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