So how do domain names work? Domain names are nice, easy-to-remember words or phrases which point at the website or email server IP addresses. When you purchase a domain name, you get the right to use that name for a period of time. After that period you have to renew it, normally for a very modest cost of £10-20 per year, although some domains can be registered for up to 10 years at one time.
The first thing you need to do with a new domain is to find a registrar to host it. UK names will have a TAG, which is their unique registrar name. If you don't have a registrar, we recommend Fasthosts.co.uk (tag LIVEDOMAINS).
Transferring a Domain to a registrar
I will use Fast Hosts as the example here but most registrars offer a similar process. If in doubt, contact them.
Log in to the Control panel
Select Transfer from the Menu bar
Enter the domain you wish bro transfer in
Press Transfer In
You will then be asked for payment details although they will charge you £0, so nothing will be taken. You even get an invoice for £0.
Next, go to the registrar which currently has the domain and request a TAG change. If you are using FastHosts, it its LIVEDOMAINS. After a short period the transfer should be complete.
Having done this, it is time to put your domain to work. If you have an email provider, you can ask them to add your domain name to your email account. They will then the DNS details of their email servers. These are called MX records and you typically have two.
If you do decide to purchase a domain from us, feel free to contact us and we can help you set up your domain.