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Free Domain Name Parking

Free Domain Name ParkingIt is common for someone to find one or more domain names that they would like to register and secure, but they are not ready to purchase a complete website hosting package and this is where domain parking is a great solution.

At Stallion Hosting we offer free domain name parking that includes a very limited, basic web hosting package with one email address. This is perfect for a client that is planning a website project or planning to start a new website/brand and needs to secure the name, but is not ready for a full hosting package.

So you might ask the question, Why would someone want or need to use domain parking?

Here are a few reasons why:

  • Secure one or more domain names for future websites/online projects
  • Client might need a personalised email address eg: john@mydomain.co.za
  • People often need to claim their name in the form of a domain name
  • Secures the name while the website or project is still being developed/completed
  • Domain names of any extension can be parked on the Stallion Hosting free domain parking eg:  .co.za .com .net .org etc

Here are the details of the Stallion Hosting Free Domain Parking Package:

  • 10 mBytes Email Disc Space
  • 250 mBytes Free Monthly Bandwidth
  • 1 Free Pop3 Limited Email Account

For more information on the Stallion Hosting Free Domain Parking Package take a look at the page here: http://www.stallionhosting.com/cart.php?gid=6 (opens in a new window)

If you would like to search to see if your domain name is available then take a look at this previous post: Domain Name Search

Just another way Stallion Hosting provides value for money and excellent service to it’s clients 🙂

Daniel Hall

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Domain Name Search

Domain Name Search

Using our Domain Name Search tool is very easy no matter if you are new to the world of website hosting or if you are an expert in setting up domain names and websites.

Simply visit the Stallion Hosting Domain Name Registration page which can be found by clicking on this link: http://www.stallionhosting.com/domainchecker.html (Opens in a new window)

You will be presented with the Domain Name Search box, simply enter a domain name that you would like to search for to see if it is available. The first step would be to type in the domain name without the extension, for example you would type in this: fishingsite

Note: Do not include www or the domain name extension, next you would tick the domain name extensions that you would like to search, you can tick just one or all the options, depending on what you are searching for.

Then simply enter the Security image and click Look Up.

Once the look up is completed you will be presented with the results and if your domain name is available and you would like to claim it then go ahead and register the name.

Here is a great domain name search tip, if you want to search for a number of domain names then use the Bulk Domain Search (Centre top, white link). This will enable you to bulk search domain names, up to 20 domains at once. Enter the domains in the search field, one per line and do not enter www. or http:// in front, how ever for the Bulk Search Option you would have to include the domain name extension eg:

fishingsite.co.za
fishingsite.com
fishingsite.co.uk

Remember if you have any problems feel free to contact us.

Happy domain name hunting 🙂

Daniel Hall

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Email Address – Advertise YOUR Business on YOUR Domain Name

Domain based Email AddressToday I will be blogging on a subject that many South African businesses overlook and that is using free email accounts such as @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, @vodamail.co.za, telkomsa.net, @mweb.co.za etc etc

Most of us including myself would have got their first email address from one of the many free email address providers that are out there on the internet, I myself got my first email address from Gmail and I still have it and use it daily, but there is a difference and that is that I use my Stallion Hosting email address on emails, business cards, filling in forms, stationery, advertising etc.

If you have a website with your own domain name then you are most likely able to get a personalised email address such as john@tropicalfish.co.za (just an example).

The power of using a personalised email address that is on your own domain name can be amazing, because every time you give out your email address and every time you send out an email you are effectively indirectly advertising your website which is obviously the letters after the @ sign.

Effectively you are indirectly advertising and promoting your website every time you give someone your email address. Having an email address that is attached to your business and website also gives you a professional appearance, in a recent website forum the question asked was: Is using a Gmail Email address unprofessional?

Here are some of the most relevant answers to the question:

“I think any free email service looks unprofessional, I don’t see any difference professionally between gmail, hotmail, or yahoo. i think its always better to take the extra step and use your domains email.” – Wham

“When I see these email addresses used (gmail etc..) I most always assume they are spam and delete them. If I see the contact on a website as not containing the domain I don’t bother sticking around. I feel if they do not feel comfortable about using their domain email then they must have something to hide or are fly by nighters that will soon be gone. No matter how great the offer or testimonials I always lose trust with them.. my 2 cents” – Kent Durham

“Since I deal in trading software (which gets technical if done right) I always expect to see a domain based email address. When I don’t, I question the parties using GMail, Hotmail, etc. It doesn’t take a tech genius to set up a domain based email, so using a free mail account creates instant questions as to their tech competence.” – Glenellis

Just these three replies show that using a domain name based email address will give your business/website a professional appearance as well as give you the ability to brand your business.

So don’t wait any longer, for only R 80 a year you can secure your businesses name and set up your own brandable, personalised domain name based email address. Simply visit Stallion Hosting using the link below and check if your domain name is available and claim it! http://www.stallionhosting.com/support/domainchecker.html

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Daniel Hall
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How to Choose A Domain Name

How to Choose A Domain Name

Choosing a domain name is a delicate operation. It can either make your website successful or otherwise. So getting it wrong can mean a whole lot of extra work and effort which is not necessary. Getting it right, along with a few other key things, can mean you are onto a winner! Let’s look at a few key pointers when buying a domain name.

Try to get the same or similar domain name as your main keywords are going to be.  For example, let’s say you are focusing on the topic of fish tanks. The perfect scenario here would be to attain the domain name tropicalfishtanks.co.za or something similar to this. The reason for having a domain name with keywords related to search engine optimization.

The reason for doing this is two-fold. Firstly, people relate to the domain name being the same or similar to what they are looking for. This makes it easier to remember for future reference and also provides your website more authentication.

Maximum characters that can be used within the domain name are 67 for international domain names such as .com .org .net and others. South African domain names which are .co.za are limited to 30 characters. However, there is no requirement to use all 67 characters. A good domain name can be one that is short, crisp and easy to remember. There can be no spaces between letters within the domain name and no capital letters, but hyphens and numbers are permitted.

Another very important issue with regards to choosing your keywords within the domain name and that is the ability to rank highly in the search engines. With regards to Google, they reward the use of your main keywords in the domain name and will rank you higher because of this.

Of course you will need to get back links to your website for it to remain ranking highly and there are other variables such as content, search engine optimization etc, but chances are very good that initially you will rank highly with your site for your chosen keywords if you can get precisely those keywords within the domain name.

Watch this space for more domain tips and Domain Name Registration info.

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Daniel Hall
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Transferring Domain Names

Transferring Domain Names


Transferring Domain NamesTransferring a domain name can be compared to how people move and change their home address or telephone number. The transferring of a domain name does not need to be a big problem, and one of the most common questions asked by clients is will the website suffer any down time?

The straight answer is no, but this depends on how the situation is handled. If the correct procedure is not followed then problems can arise, but with easy step by step instructions and professional support from a reputable web hosting company such as Stallion Hosting there should not be any problems.

Firstly you will have to first notify the current hosting company or the current domain name registrar and let them know that you intend to transfer your domain name to a new website host. It is vital that you let them know because they will receive a ticket and will have to accept the updating of a domain name, if the current web host is not informed then they will simply ignore or deny the transfer and this will result in a delay and waste of time.

Depending on the type of domain name there will be a slightly different procedure. For .co.za domain names (south African Domain names) you will simply just have to notify the current web host or domain registrar and make them aware that they must accept any domain update tickets. Then in some cases you as the domain owner will also receive a domain update request, and you should also accept the changes by simply replying to the message and make sure you remove the word deny to accept the update. Tickets will remain open for 24 hours once sent.

In the case of international domains such as .com .net .org etc there is a slightly different process. Firstly you will have to notify the current web host/domain registrar and request the EPP code (this is the domain name authorization key, sometimes also called the transfer key). The next step will be to inform the new hosting company of the EPP code and they will be able to initiate the domain transfer process.

As within the case of .co.za domains you might also receive a email for you to accept the domain transfer, but instead of replying to the email you will have to click on the long link in the email and visit a web page. If you have clicked on the correct and entire link then you should see a message stating something like “Your domain update has been accepted” or something to that effect.

Depending on the domain name and the speed of the transfer your domain name should be updated and transferred any where between 24 hours to 48 hours and at most around 72 hours. After your domain name has been updated to reflect the new domain name servers simply give the domain name some time to propagate and you should be done.

If you need help with transferring your domain names to Stallion Hosting, then please feel free to us and we will gladly assist you. Our most popular web hosting package elegantly named the Mare Package offers more than enough disk space and unlimited add on domains.

Click on this link to view our affordable and professional web hosting packages: http://www.stallionhosting.com/website-hosting.html

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Daniel Hall
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