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Step 6: Ensure you have registered and transferred your domain name

As the NetNation Account Setup page indicates, you have now completed the basic steps to activate your account.

Before visitors can access your site on the Internet and you can begin using your new email accounts, however, you must ensure that you:

Register your domain name

Transfer your domain name to NetNation

Use your temporary URL until the transfer process completes

Because the entire registration and transfer process can take up to 72 hours, the sooner you take care of this the sooner you will be able to get your site up and running. If you have not already registered your domain name, you can do so from within AccountManager. If your domain name is currently registered elsewhere, you will need to transfer your domain name to NetNation. The following sections provide detailed instructions for each of these tasks.

The Domain Name FAQ provides detailed information on this topic. You can find this and other FAQs in NetNation's Help Center at http://help.netnation.com.


Registering your domain name

If you need to register your domain name, you can do so directly within AccountManager or at www.netnation.com. (You may have chosen to register your domain when you placed your hosting order.) The link on the home page takes you to the Domain Name Registration/Transfer Wizard which will walk you through the steps to register your domain name.

This link will continue to display until you have registered your domain name.

To register your domain:

  1. If you have not already registered your domain name, click the Domain Name Transfer link on either the AccountManager Home Page or the NetNation Account Setup page. AccountManager checks the registration database and confirms that your domain name is not yet registered.
  2. Click the link indicated. The following page displays.
  3. Enter your domain name (with the extension) and then click Check Availability. NetNation checks the availability of the selected domain name and presents you with your registration options.

    If the domain name you originally specified when you signed up for your hosting account is no longer available, you will have to contact Technical Support for a domain name change. There will be no additional charge for this.

  4. Select the desired options and click Register Selected Domains.

The registration process will take approximately 48 to 72 hours. Until then, you can use your temporary URL (shown on AccountManager's Home page) to upload your site until the process is complete. For more information, Using Your Temporary URL.


Transferring your domain name to NetNation

If you registered your domain name directly with NetNation, you do not need to do anything else to transfer your domain name. The process should be completed within 48 to 72 hours. However, if your domain name was previously registered elsewhere, you will need to ensure that it is transferred to NetNation.

During this propagation period, you will need to use your temporary URL instead of your domain name. For more information, Using Your Temporary URL. or the Domain Name FAQ available in the NetNation Help Center at http://help.netnation.com.

If you have already registered your domain name elsewhere, you will need to transfer can transfer your domain name registration to NetNation. You can request a domain name transfer from within AccountManager. Select Domain Name and then Transfer a Domain Name to NetNation. You can also contact your current registrars and transfer the domain name yourself using the user name and password they assigned you.

If you are leaving your registration with your current registrar but want to move your domain to NetNation’s servers and use our Web hosting services, you will need to change your current nameserver information to NetNation's information. Once you have logged in to their site, you will need to change your current nameserver information to NetNation's information. You can find NetNation's nameserver information by logging into AccountManager and selecting the Domain Name section. There you will find primary and secondary nameservers and IPs for your domain.

The transfer process typically takes 48 to 72 hours. For more information on domain name transfers, including contact information for a number of common domain name registrars, see the Domain Name FAQ.


Using your temporary URL

When visitors type your domain name in their Web browsers, their request is referred to a nameserver that indicates the physical location (the IP address) of your domain on the Internet. When your site location changes to a new IP address (domain name transfer), or when you deploy a new site with a new domain name (domain name registration), nameservers around the world must be notified of the change. This process of notification is referred to as propagation.

Propagation typically takes 48 to 72 hours. During this time, you may find that you cannot access your site by typing your domain name in a browser. If you are transferring your domain, some nameservers will still refer to your site's old location while nameservers that have already been notified of the change will refer to the new location.

NetNation provides you with a temporary URL that you can use to begin publishing your Web site files while you wait for the propogation period to complete. Your temporary URL is just another way of accessing your site until your domain name has fully propagated throughout the Internet. Once your domain name has propagated, you do not need to do anything special in order to start using your domain name instead of your temporary URL—all of the files you uploaded using your temporary URL will still be in place and nothing will have changed.

If you are transferring an existing site to NetNation, we recommend maintaining your site at your current host while waiting for the new nameserver information to propagate throughout the Internet to avoid down time for your site. During this time, you can use the temporary Web address that we gave you to mirror your Web site on NetNation's servers until the transfer is complete.

You can find your temporary URL by logging in to AccountManager and selecting the Plan Info link. For more information on using AccountManager's Plan Info section, see the AccountManager User Guide.


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