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How to transfer your domain name between hosts
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 25 August 2016 02:02 PM

domain name transfer

How to transfer your domain name between hosts

If you want to transfer your domain name to a new registrar, or transfer it directly here to PAC Web Hosting, then you’ll soon realise it’s easier to do than you first thought. Rather than the worry of weeks of having a domain floating between two registrars, we’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide on how to transfer your domain name without the fuss!

Do I need to transfer my domain name to move hosts?

Although many people think that transferring a domain name is part of transferring your website to a new host, this isn’t the case. In fact, your domain name can be registered through any provider, so long as you link your domain name to your nameservers or web hosting IP address.

However, there are advantages of transferring a domain name to your new host – for example, you will be able to manage it conveniently alongside your web hosting account, and your host can provide assistance in relation to DNS, CNAME and MX entries to maximise performance.

What should I know about domain name transfers?

When you purchase a transfer – such as a domain name transfer to PAC Web Hosting – your site will remain online, regardless of whether it is registered with your old registrar or moved to PAC. However, it is important to note that the entire process may take up to ten days, and you will not be able to make any changes to your domain name settings (like nameservers, MX entries and other variables) during this time.

Steps to take before starting the transfer process

Before you purchase a domain name transfer, you need to find your EPP code*, which can be obtained from your current registrar or web host. Most have the option to reveal the code through a control panel, but if not, you will have to ask for it. During the transfer process, you will be asked to provide your EPP code, and your transfer won’t complete without this key.

Next, make sure your domain name is unlocked. Again, this can be done through your domain name control panel – failure to unlock your domain will result in the transfer failing.

Finally, if you have WHOIS protection enabled, make sure that this is disabled before initiating your transfer. If your contact details for your WHOIS information, such as your email address and telephone number, do not match the personal info you have registered on your new host, then make sure you update it, otherwise, again, your transfer request will be rejected.

*Most domain transfers use an EPP code with the exception of domains ending in .uk for these you need to change the domains IPS TAG at the current registrar to the IPS TAG of the new registrar, also for this type of domain you do not need to unlock your domain.

Initiating the transfer process

Once you have completed the transfer steps and have initiated the transfer process – by purchasing a domain name tranfer and filling out all of the relevant information – your new host will send an approval request to the email address that is registered as part of your WHOIS information**

You can then click this request in an email, and then the registrar will request your current domain registrar to release your domain name. Within a few days – sometimes up to 10 – your domain name will then appear in your new registrar’s control panel, where you’ll be able to access your domain name.

**If the domain being transferred ends in .uk then once you have purchased the domain name transfer all that is left to do is change your domains IPS TAG to complete the transfer.


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Aug
3
What to consider when choosing your domain name
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 03 August 2016 11:03 AM

Domain Name Search

What to consider when choosing your domain name

Finding the right domain name for your business can be a difficult task. Not only is it tough to get creative and come up with a name that suits you, but you have the added task of finding a domain name that is actually available to purchase. To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together some top things to consider when choosing the right domain name.

Make sure it is memorable

The most important thing about a domain name is how memorable it is. If your domain name is 20 characters long or features some difficult-to-spell words, the chances are that visitors won’t be able to remember you.

Make it easy to pronounce

BrandRoot argues that the "processing fluency" of your domain name will determine how people view your brand, and that "simplicity wins over complexity every time" because people refer names that are easier to understand.

Short is best

When it comes to finding the right domain name, short works best. Not only can shorter names be good for giving customers an easy way to access your website, but it works better on social media, and gives you more room to experiment with things such as sub-domains or subfolders.

Choose a TLD when possible

Over the last several years, there has been an influx of new domain name extensions. From simple extensions such as .tech or .chat, to unusual choices such as .george, .sucks or .ninja, you now have a lot of choice over how your brand is represented, but choosing a top level domain name (TLD) such as .com, .net or .org is still your best bet, as it’s an extension users are familiar with.

Add a keyword if you can

When possible, adding a keyword into your domain name can give you some credibility and potentially boost your SEO. Although Moz.com argues that generic keyword strings – for example, things like best web hosting – are bad for business, including a single keyword as part of your name is better. For example, you could choose a focus keyword and then ‘verb’ it by adding on an ‘able’ or ‘ify’ to the end of it, similar to big-brand websites such as Mashable and Shopify.

Be creative

Unfortunately, lots of the best domain names have already been taken, whether they’re used by companies or lying dormant by ‘domain sitters’. Therefore, it is important to be flexible when it comes to finding the right domain name for you and be creative. Instead of using your brand name, why not come up with a creative domain name that represents your core values and ethos?

Buy in bulk

If you want to protect your brand name, the best way to do so is by purchasing multiple domain names. For example, if you get your hands on mybrand.com, purchasing the .net, .org and .co.uk extensions can protect you against competitors or hackers who want to disguise themselves as your business. Registering a domain name couldn’t be easier, so visit our website to buy yours today!

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Jul
14
How to Know the Amount of Bandwidth Your Website Needs
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 14 July 2016 03:49 PM

Bandwidth

How to Know the Amount of Bandwidth Your Website Needs

After setting up your website and growing an audience, the amount of bandwidth your website requires can easily add up. According to Hosting Manual, 99% of websites use no more than 5GB of transfer bandwidth per month, but there are various factors that can influence this.

Before we begin, let’s explain what bandwidth is. Bandwidth refers to the speed at which data is transferred from a web host to a visitor in a given period, and is measured in seconds. Transfer bandwidth, on the other hand, refers to the amount of data your website is allowed to send and receive as part of your web hosting package and is allocated monthly.

Here at PAC Web Hosting, we’ve rounded up some tips for working out how much bandwidth you will need.

 

The type of website you're working on

How much bandwidth you use will depend on the type of website you are working on. If you’re running a small blog, you are likely to use a lot less bandwidth than if you were running an online store, which requires more data to be transferred.

Typically, the more multimedia you use on a website, such as high-resolution images or videos uploaded to the server, the more bandwidth you will use. If your website offers direct downloads, such as software packages, expect this to use a significant amount of your bandwidth.

The traffic to your website

Your website traffic is another vital consideration when deciding on the amount of bandwidth you need. If your website has peak times or spikes, try to estimate when they will be and how many people will visit your website; will you run out of your month’s dedicated bandwidth if your blog gets an unexpected spike in traffic? For this reason, it’s important to overestimate, rather than underestimate the amount of bandwidth that you require.

The design of your website

If your website relies heavily on big images or advanced CSS, it may impact on the amount of data transferred to your visitors. To reduce the size of your web pages and boost your site's all-round efficiency, try open-source projects such as Bootstrap that offer free tools for creating stripped-back designs. This, in turn, will reduce the amount of transfer bandwidth that your website uses throughout the month.

How your website is optimised

Your website will use less transfer bandwidth if it is well optimised. Tools such as the W3 Total Cache plugin for WordPress reduce your page sizes, thereby decreasing the amount of bandwidth used.

If your website receives a significant amount of traffic, Content Delivery Networks such as CloudFlare and Amazon Cloudfront could be an option. By acting as a ‘third party’ between your web host and your visitor, they will reduce the time that it takes to serve a page, as well as the transfer bandwidth used when a visitor logs onto your site.

The size of your pages

Online tools such as Pingdom analyse your web pages to find out how much data they require. From this information, you can work out a rough estimate of how much transfer bandwidth you need.

Beware: "unlimited" bandwidth doesn't exist

When choosing the right web host for your site, beware of companies offering 'unlimited' bandwidth. It is impossible for any web host to offer truly unlimited bandwidth, as bandwidth is a costly part of the web hosting process. To avoid expensive add-on or 'overuse' fees, choose a web host that offers a set amount of bandwidth so that you can prepare your website for this. Here at PAC Web Hosting, all of our plans come with generous transfer bandwidth allowances to give you ultimate peace of mind.


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Jul
11
A Guide To Web Hosting Storage Space
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 11 July 2016 01:03 PM

Web Hosting Space

A Guide To Web Hosting Storage Space

Once you’ve decided on the right host for your new website, the next step is to work out exactly how much space you’ll need. According to SitePoint, the average page size was 2,262kb in 2015, up 15% on the year prior. As web technologies continue to develop and internet speeds increase, web designers are using more disk space than ever to make their websites great.

Here at PAC Web Hosting, we’ve rounded up some key points to consider when deciding how much hosting storage space you will need for your website.

Type of website

The amount of space your website needs depends on what type of website it is. If your website is small and isn’t regularly updated, it won’t require as much space as a blog, for example, where space will be used up over time as more content is added.

Websites which rely on multimedia content such as images or videos will also require more disk space. To save on space, consider uploading videos to sharing websites such as YouTube.

If your website allows user generated content or interactivity, such as a forum or comments section, you must take into consideration how much content other people will upload. Buying more space than you need is a sensible solution, as these websites will always grow in terms of disk space.

Design and structure of your website

The design and structure of your website also play a role in how much space you use. If your website has optimised CSS and PHP to reduce page sizes, you’re likely to require less space than if every page requires a different set of resources.

The structure of your website is also an important factor. If your files and folders are organised well to avoid duplication and unused content, you’ll be able to cut the amount of space you’ll need. If you’re not using a particular plugin or script, be sure to delete it to save on space.

Plans for your website

If you’re starting off a new website, the chances are you won’t require a large amount of disk space to begin with. However, taking future plans into consideration is a sensible idea. Will you be planning on expanding your website in the near future? If so, buying a larger package space will ensure you can freely expand without the worry of running out of space. Our web hosting packages include generous disk space allowances, so there’s always room to grow.

Reseller accounts

If you want to sell on space and start your own web hosting company, be sure to section off what others can use to save on disk space. You can make hosting packages on cPanel to determine how much space your clients can use. At PAC, our reseller packages come with up to 120GB of space to sell on to clients, giving you flexibility to offer large web hosting packages.

Extra considerations

Other factors such as email accounts, databases and subdomains play a role in how much space you’ll need. If you have a large email account full of attachments, or you have lots of subdomains redirecting to your main website, you’ll add unnecessary bloat to your web hosting account.

If you’re moving from one host to another, you’ll be able to find out how much space you’re already using in your control panel, which you can use to determine which package is right for you.

 


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Jul
4
Domain Name FAQ & Advice
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 04 July 2016 10:37 AM

Domain Name FAQ

Domain Name FAQ & Advice

After deciding on an idea and finding a great host, the most difficult step of starting your own website is often choosing the right name. Online ‘domain generators’ can be useful for giving you ideas, but the process is more complicated than putting together some words. Here at PAC Web Hosting, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions and offer advice for finding the perfect domain name.

 

How do I find the right name for me?

Finding the right name can be the most challenging part of starting your own website. Ideally, your domain name should be short, memorable and easy to type. Hyphens and numbers don’t work well in domain names, so avoid them if you can. If possible, try to add in some keywords relevant to your website – this will help with the SEO of your website further down the line.

                                                                                                                                   

What is the right domain name extension for me?

Over the last several years, there has been an explosion in new domain name extensions with names like .london, .careers, .tickets and .you providing new ways to connect with audiences. While these extensions are useful for niche websites, more traditional extensions work best.

 

Good quality .com, .org and .net names are sought after as they’re the most commonly accepted extensions. Moz argues that .com should be your only choice if you’re serious about building a successful website because it is the most well-respected and memorable extension.

 

Of course, there is no harm in purchasing multiple domain names and directing them back to your website. Many businesses purchase all of the key extensions, such as .com, .net, .info, .org to ensure they protect their name and add new ways of people to connect to their website.

 

My name has been taken. What should I do?

The internet is a big place and so short, memorable domain names are usually hard to find. If your first choice has been taken, consider buying a different extension (such as.org or .net) or go back to the drawing board and come up with another name.

 

In some occasions, companies buy domain names with the intention to sell on. Visit the website you want to purchase and see if it is available for sale. Alternatively, if the domain is no longer in use, try who.is and find out how long the owner has left – if the domain is up for renewal soon, try and buy it as soon as it expires.

 

Do I need to transfer my domain name to move to a new web host?

A domain transfer is the moving of your domain from one registrar to another. 

Domains and web hosting are two separate products, so you don’t need to transfer your domain name to move to a new host. However, if you prefer to have your web hosting and domain name all in one place, you can transfer your domain name to PAC.    

                                                                                                                            

Why should I buy multiple years on my domain name?      

Extending the duration of your domain name prevents others from buying it, should it expire without you realising. Having a long life on your domain name also shows that you’re committed to your website, which can be a useful selling point when dealing with clients. 

 

If you have yet to buy your new name, don’t forget that every annual plan at PAC Web Hosting comes with a free domain name.


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