What is a URL?
A URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, is the address of an Internet website or webpage. Think of a URL as a street address for the location of information on the Internet. For instance, a complete URL like http://coolexample.com/music, points you to the music page of the coolexample.com website.
What is a nameserver?
Nameservers are the Internet’s equivalent to phone books. A nameserver maintains a directory of domain names that match certain IP addresses (computers). The information from all the nameservers across the Internet is gathered in a central registry.
What do I do with my domain once it's been registered?
Registering a domain name does not automatically activate a website that displays when visitors enter your domain name into a Web browser. The domain name must have a hosted website that includes a numeric address, called an IP address, for visitors to access the website using your domain name.
Why should I register more than one domain name?
If you’re thinking about registering more than one domain name, you’ve got the right idea. Registering and using multiple domains names is great for building your business, protecting your brand name, and creating a dynamic online identity.
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name, like www.coolexample.com, is a lot like a street address for a house or business. Let’s use the White House as an example. The street address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is an exact location — like an IP address. You might not know the exact street address, but when you visit Washington, D.C., you can tell your cabbie that you want to visit the White House and still get there. This is how a domain name is used: It’s an easy way to reach the exact location of a website without having to remember its numeric address.
What is an IP Address?
An IP (Internet Protocol) address is a unique identifying string of numbers, like 188.8.131.52, given to every individual computer, server, and network on the Internet. Like a license plate is used to help identify vehicles, an IP address is used to identify and locate information online. Additionally, they allow for communication over the internet between devices and networks connected to the internet.
What is the 'www' before my domain name?
The www before your domain name is a subdomain, not part of the domain name itself. Therefore, if you set up your www CNAME record to point to your primary A record, your site will resolve both at www.coolexample.com and coolexample.com.
How do domains work?
When visitors enter your domain name into a Web browser, the browser request uses your domain name to find the domain name’s associated IP address and, therefore, the website. People use domain names instead of IP addresses because it is easier to remember a name rather than a series of numbers.
Private Registration FAQ
Can I request a Premium Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate for a private domain?
Yes, you can request an Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate for a privately-registered domain name. We need to verify that you control the domain you intend to secure, and EV certificates have strict verification guidelines.
How does Business Registration affect Private Registration?
Business Registration works in conjunction with Private Registration (also known as privacy) to keep your personal information private while promoting your business.
Why do expiring domain names have private Whois contact information?
If the private contact information already displays for a domain name during expiration, we won’t change it.
If you want to transfer the domain name away from us during the auto-renew grace period, we will automatically revert the private contact information to your original registrant information when you request the authorization code.
What is the difference between public and private domain name registration?
Per our registrar agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact and registrant information listed for your domain name must be made public. Using false information is a violation and can lead to the termination of your domain name registration.
We understand most people do not want their personal contact information (name, address, email address, and phone number) made public in the Whois database. That’s why we have offered Private Registration services since 2002.
Answers of General Questions
Can I transfer my site from one GoDaddy account to another?
No. If you log in to your GoDaddy account, create a site and then realize your GoDaddy domain is registered with another GoDaddy account, you need to process an account change to move it into the account your website is in.
Can I log in with my old mDot account?
To log in using your old mDot account, please enter the email address you used to register for mDot Once you are logged in, you can change anything except for the domain name. To change the domain, you need to convert your mDot account to a GoDaddy account, either by signing up (if you don’t have a GoDaddy account) or signing in (if you already have a GoDaddy account).
Do I have to pay for the website?
You can publish your site on a trial URL that will expire in three days. The trial URL is automatically generated. To publish your site on your own domain, you need to purchase a GoDaddy GoMobile subscription. The subscription is per site.
What is your IP address so I can redirect the hosting address to you?
An IP address isn’t needed. Just use hosting.mpresence.net for the CNAME record.