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Can I transfer my domain name?

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Episode 1494

Lee from Panama City, FL

Lee wants to know how to register his domain and DNS so he knows he owns it. Leo says that ICANN is a non-governmental organization that handles the DNS "phone book." They maintain 13 main DNS name servers, and his domain name needs to be on one of those servers. He'll have to go to a registrar that's been approved by ICANN. GoDaddy is one such registrar, but Leo isn't a fan of it. He prefers Hover. If he wants to change registrars, he can do that. But he'll have to jump through a hoop or two to do it.

How can I find out if a domain name is available?

Episode 1230

Sonny from Torrance, CA

Sonny wants to use a domain name and he can't get the one he wants through GoDaddy. Leo says that GoDaddy may have bought it and will then turn around and try and sell it back to him for a higher price. Some believe they watch domain traffic and if he doesn't buy it, they'll snap it up. People don't have to build a website to buy a domain. They just buy them to reserve the domain for a later use. Others, though, cyber squat the domain and then scalp it, which it looks like GoDaddy is doing, and that's not the right thing to do.

How can I register a domain in Brazil?

Episode 1206

Chris from Florida

Chris wants to get a domain name for a specific country. Leo says that the international organization called ICANN approves registries and country codes for all domains. Leo suggests Google searching for the domain registry for his country code. Any registrar will work if they support registering the country code he wants.

AmericaRegistry.com is a good place to start. But he may run afoul of laws pertaining to that country. Brazil, for instance, requires a Brazilian tax ID to buy a domain with their country code.

How can I get my domain back up?

Episode 1174

Sean from Orlando, FL

Sean made the mistake of transferring his domain name in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign. Now he is struggling with time outs. Leo says that Sean needs to talk to the domain registrar. But it takes time moving nameservers from one host to another. He might have to contact the original host and get them to release the domain name so the other host can pick it up. If he's hosting the site at home, then he'll have to run a domain server. This is the main reason why he shouldn't host the site at home.