How to manage your domain name through your Client Area

Our Client Area powered by WHMCS has several amazing features that give client control over their services and in this article, we are going to talk about how to manage domain names.

As reseller for example, there are times when you need to update your domain name or even clients domain to use your own custom nameserver or whatever reason for updating nameserver, this simple step should be very easy to follow:

Login to your client area https://vbhostnet.com/billing/clientarea.php

Click on “Domains” from your client area navigation bar

Manage Domains

Next, Select “My Domains” This should then display all domain names that is in your account as well as other important domain name information such as registration date and next due date and more.

Manage Domains

Click on the icon by the right side close to the domain name you want to mange and this will now display several options of management which I will now discuss briefly as follows:

Manage Nameservers: From this option you will be able to update your nameservers without having to contact us

Edit Contact Information: You can change any information that was used in registration. This information is usually displayed in your WHOIS records.

Managed Domain: From this option you have a general overview of all domain management features including the two options discussed above. From the left side of screen as shown below. More options are available for your use. For example a web host reseller, can utilize the “Private Nameservers” option to create custom/private labeled DNS to be used for your client’s domain name.

manage domain overview

From this quick run through domain management through your client area, getting simple management task done should not be difficult.

Creating Custom Name Server

By defaulti your reseller hosting account may not come with your own nameserver hence before you can begin using your own nameserver, it need to be registered

Basically this can be done from the domain registrar. In order to achieve this you must register the desire name of the client’s domain name which is usually something like ns1.domaname.com, ns2.domainnae.com.

Different domain name registrar have different way of making you do this which requires you doing so using our name server ip address.

If you bought domain from us, then you can easily create your nameserver from your client area by following this instructions:

• Login to your client area http://billing.vbhostnet.com/clientarea.php
• Click on “Domains’ then select “My Domains”
• Locate your domain name and click on “Manage Domain”
• Click on “Management Tools” and select “Register Nameserver”
• In the Nameserver text box enter “ns1”
• In the Ip Address text box enter nameserver one ip address of the server your account is located.
• Click on the save change button
• Do same for ns2

VBHOSTNET Name Server ip Addresses

When registering name server for clients, you are requested to enter ip address which must be valid ip address of our server else it will not work properly.

I will not be listing any ip address here because ip address will varies depending on the server your account is hosted on. If you wish to create custom namserver for resellers, kindly open a support ticket through your client area www.billing.vbhostnet.com/clientarea.php to request for the ip address that runs the server your account is located because all server maintain different ip addresses.

Domain Registration for your clients

As reseller registering domain names and creating custom nameserver for your sub resellers is as important as creating your hosting packages. Without domain names we all know you cannot sell your hosting packages that has been created from your WebHost Manager.

Not only is it important that you know how to register domain name; it is of great advantage that you manage clients domain names yourself. In this case, a domain resellers account or registrar is needed. Basically, these domain registrar usually requires one to have a credit card or even liberty reserve or other online payment solution, which is usually a barrier to using such service, if such be the case you may need to buy directly from us at the rate of N2,000.

Here is another idea; if you use GT Bank, then lucky you. With your GT Bank Naira Master Card, you can purchase domain names from www.007names.com These guys accept our local GT Bank Master Card. When ordering domain names through them, simply enter your GT Master card details in the fields that requires credit card details and the dollar equivalent will be deducted from your account without having to do any foreign exchange on your part depending on the current FOREX rate.

 

Naira MasterCard for Domain registration

 

Who knows they may even accept other ATM/Cards, so you may want to try other cards. I only just tried GT Bank and it worked fine. If fortunately, you where able to may transaction trough other cards, we will love to know so we can also share with other. contact admin@vbhostnet.com for your findings.

Just hope this tip serve another interesting resource to you.

My Best wishes once again.

Investigating DNS Issues using a DNS Tool

I will like to introduce you to a very important tool that serves all web hosting company around the world for some time. It is basically a resource web site that help you check the health and status of DNS of a specified domain names and I will illustrate what each reports indicate so you can understand things better.

Not every time you contact support, but when you can check out some few stuff yourself then you are going professional and in control. This tool is most useful for troubleshooting domain names that refuses to show up online. This help you know if a domain name is pointing correctly to your nameserver or not, also also let you know if server is unavailable too thereby knowing what you should do before contacting support.

Now visit www.intodns.com and enter your domain name to display a report. It is partly like an whois tool but this show more nameserver records than personal information.

There are a times when clients comes to you with issue of their web site not been accessible. In cases like this the first thing that will come to your mind is that server has issue which may not be the case. Now intodns is one good place to start investigating what the issue is with a particular web site.

Let’s begin the process of understanding how to use this tool to investigate a domain name:

 

Investigating DNS Issues using a DNS Tool

 

The first section that you will see shows details of nameserver as well as ip address that a particular domain name is using. Let say you have created an account for a clients yet after some few hours the domain refuses to come up alive, this section will then help you know if the clients domain name is using the appropriate nameserver with ip address or is using another NS which may be pointing to a different server in this case, the client need to update his NS.

Bear in mind that adequate knowledge of the server in which you are hosted on is needed to know exactly which ip address your server is using including name and other important information. This information can be gotten from the email message that contains your login details or you can simply contact our support department.

The next important aspect of this report is the part that displays your domain name and server A records, this area which is located at the bottom shows server details such as ip address and sometimes server name.

 

Unlimited Domain hosting service from VBHOSTNET

 

Once this part is missing in your report when troubleshooting a domain which is usually in the colour red in case of problem, then it is an indication that either such account is no longer available on server, or server may be unreachable.

How does this help

It does help in a large numbers of ways to detect a problem with a domain name that is not showing up. For example all reports should always display a neutral colour but when you see any sort of red color, that is an indication of problem. I just hope this will help you check out DNS related issue . Please take out time to play with this, read every details so you can better understand what is shown to you during report.

Most time clients come calling that their site is down which may not be the case, so this will help you know that

Some basic Domain Names Facts

There are approximately 68 million .COM domains registered. That’s a lot of domain names out on the Internet that are either already taken or just parked in some obsolete spot gathering dust and all kinds of age. The most common names like loser.com. Jamesbrown.com are already taken by net investors who resell the rights to the names. Can you imagine someone having www.elvis.com ? He’s just waiting on the highest bidder!

There are 900 possible combinations for two letter sequences.  If you’re looking for “ET” then you just won’t find it!  Even allowing for digits, again every single web address is taken. Of course, that’s ignoring the fact that .COM registrars now mandate a 3-character minimum length, so it wouldn’t be an option.

Many of the three-letter sequences are taken. Adding digits to a domain name creates a number of garbage domain entries. If you’re dying to acquire great domains and unique domain names, they’ll free up sometimes only to be auctioned off through unique domain name sales.

The longer the domain name that you choose, the more that the possibilities are that it could be available presuming that you’re willing to accept an arbitrary sequence of letters and/or digits. For example, most organizations have 4 letter acronyms (WQAM.com and AFTA.org so you may have a chance using over 4 letters to get the domain name that you want in acronym style!

Of course many of the registered domains are ever, visited, with a huge percentage having nothing more than a “parked page” (users pay domain registrars to put up ads for themselves on these type of parked pages). There are so many combinations and back door tricks to domain name cataloging and classification until the possibilities are endless.

The rule is to obtain a domain name that closely resembles who you are about which gives you and id/entity and brand on the internet.

 

 

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Domain Names Registration and Search Engine Ranking

Does the length of your website’s domain name registration affect search engine optimization and results?

Should you renew your domain name for a long period of time? And if so, how long is long enough? If you want to stay ahead of your competition, then you might consider looking at the length of time your competitors have registered their domain names. If your competitors have generally renewed their domain names for one or two years, you might consider registering your domain name for 5 or 10 years. While putting off your domain name’s expiration date might help your search engine rankings, keep in mind that this may be only a small victory when it comes to search engine rankings.

Its good business sense to register a domain for at least 10 years. You don’t want to deal with the process   annual process of renewing them every year. It’s best to obtain the domain names that you want to keep for a while and renew then on a 5 to 10 year plan.

If your domain name expires, there’s a good chance that someone will register your domain name immediately after it expires. If, for whatever reason, you don’t renew your domain name, someone watching a ‘watch list’ of expiring domain names will try to capitalize on the online business that you’ve built over the years. They know that there is potential website traffic they can have simply by renewing your old domain name. By renewing your domain name for several years, your domain name won’t expire for a while, and it won’t be opened up to expired domain name buyers.

So if you are looking for other important business idea for dorminating search engine result this one of them you may want to try your hands on.

Identify With Your Domain Name

Use common sense when choosing a domain name because your domain name, or URL, can have an impact in both the online and offline marketing of your web-site. Long or difficult to spell domain names can make people ignore your web site and it has to be pretty good for them to stick with it (for an example, go to www.thedolphinsmakemecry.com website.  Short domain names register better with people’s memory and are easy to remember.

Obtain a domain name that will help you in your marketing niche and strategy. Like I stated before, you can use your business name as your URL. If your business name is already taken by someone else then get a URL name close to what you are doing. Purchasing a business name domain name isn’t the only way to go, and when a keyword domain name could do just fine.

If you plan on using the .net extension, you may want to wait on deciding your name until after you have found an available domain name that is suitable to your type of business. If you follow the steps below, you should be okay in identifying your name brand to the internet community.

Structure Your Brand Name – Put your domain name on your letterhead, business card, printed materials; put it on your phone recording, the side of your car; don’t forget to include it with your email.

Keep it Short & Memorable – Don’t get a URL that uses all 26 letters of the alphabet.

Secure a .com URL – I strongly recommend purchasing a .com domain name as opposed to a .net, .info, .biz or anything else. If your chosen domain name is not available in a .com, keep looking until you find one that isn’t taken. There is nothing wrong with the other extensions but when you have a .com extension, it sounds like you’ve been on the net a long time.

Remember, your domain name is an extension of your business and your brand of product or service.

How to Register your Private Nameserver

Nameserver are like the link between a registered domain name and your web hosting service/server.
Basically private nameserver is a free add on service that come with all our reseller hosting packages but to get one for your account you will need to request setup if your domain name is registered and managed by us or if you are in charge of your domain name or want to to set up nameserver for your own clients i sincerely hope this tutorial will give you a clue of what to do.

New nameservers need to be registered with your domain registrar before they can be used.  For example, if you are registering domain name for clients as reseller and given the option to set your own nameservers, you’ll probably want to select ones reflecting your primary domain name.  If your primary domain is example.com, you’ll need to register the nameservers (two at minimum in most cases) ns1.example.com and ns2.example.com and this requires doing so with ip address.

There are different ways to go about creating nameserver but this solely depends much on the domain registrar as they all have different steps and menus to achieve this but i will try to give you the basis and list out some few popular registrars.

Like i state above, before you can register your private namserver for use, you will need the NS ip address your account is located on and this is always available in your activation email that was sent to you when you sign up and after that is in place, you will need to add “A” record for a child domain follows by the appropriate ip address in your domain control panel. NOTE again languages differs in achieving this but the above is just a clue.

Let have better idea on how to achieve this from some major domain registrar below:

 

007names.com

simply click on “FREE SERVICES” > “Register Nameserver” > click on a domain name

from “Please enter host name(s) below” type in “ns1”
from “Please enter IP of the host name” type in this ip 173.230.248.117
click  the ADD button

repeat again

from “Please enter host name(s) below” type in “ns2”
from “Please enter IP of the host name” type in this ip 173.230.248.118

TO UPDATE /CHANGE NAMESERVER

Under “MANAGE DOMAIN” > “Update Domain’s Name Server” > Tick a domain name
Scroll to the button and check the button “I am using other name servers (please enter host names below”
Then enter your new name.server

Namecheap.com

Click on my account -> manage domains -> click on a domain name
Under advanced options select nameserver registration
Enter your nameservers and IP addresses followed by “add nameservers”

Enom.com

Click on domains -> register DNS -> “Register a Nameserver Name”
Enter your nameservers and IP addresses

Godaddy.com

Click on my account -> domain list -> followed by the domain you wish to setup nameservers for.
Select “click here to add” below “Domain Host Information”
Enter your nameservers and IP addresses followed by “register nameservers”

NOTE that ip address varies from server to server. I hope this article was useful, if you need further assistance, kindly send email to support@vbhostnet.com

Web Site Transfer – What you need to know

Moving from one web hosting service to another and transferring domain is a very frequent activity that takes place in the web hosting industry and this may be due to several reasons such as price comparison, previous service instability and so on.

When thinking of changing host or moving your domain name to our hosting platform, it will be ok, if you know the preliminary of what goes on in the process. First it involves getting your EPP code from your previous provider, backing up and restoring your file and lastly updating your namserver to our own.

What is EPP Code: Also know as Authorisation code is a security code that is needed in order to initiate the transfer of domain names without this you cannot transfer domain name within registrar that way your domain name cannot be transferred without your approving it through the provision of the Auth code. Aside your EPP code, a domain is also lacked again unauthorized transfer which places another level of security on domain names.

Once a transfer request is initiated, the current registrar is sent a notification for approval of transfer and it takes 5 working days to complete.

Nameserver: This is the final stage of the transfer process once domain transfer is completed and the necessary files are backed up to our server, nameserver is then updated to point your domain name to our web server. Nameserver are like bridge between a domain name and a hosting service which can be similar to ns1.vbhostnet.com and ns2.vbhostnet.com

When transferring a single cpanel account, we do not charge extra fee for such service but transferring reseller hosting accounts that are more than five will attract an extra fee depending on the size of the data’s involved.

When looking forward to changing your hosting provider, be rest assured that VBHOSTNET is your best option to choose as you are not the first to move to our quality hosting experience with total satisfaction.

Domain Parking, What is it about?

The Domain Name System also known as DNS is an essential part of the internet. Domain name as a matter of fact is what gives your website an identity online.  This adds a level of professionalism and credibility while allowing you to distinguish yourself from the webhost.

Most of us purchase a domain name for our site and immediately take it the server of a particular web hosting service.  Some people will buy a few names at once with plans of building it later.  Others have a totally different idea, using their name in hopes of profiting with domain parking.

Domain parking describes the process of registering an internet domain and not associating it with a service such as website or email account.  Aside from using the name for future development and profit. Domain parking essentially falls under two classifications: monetized and non-monetized.  On a monetized parked domain you will find content in the form of various advertisements on the website such as google adsense.  A non-monetized parked domain usually lacks content and displays messages such as “Coming Soon” or “Under Construction” and so on.

 

Profiting From Parked Domains

Parked domain monetization has become a regular online advertising and making money practice.  It is primarily used by advertising companies and even domain registrars to generate revenue from type-in traffic that comes across the website.  The typical parked domain set up for profit features several links and advertising listings.  This content is generally targeted to the visitor’s interests and might alter dynamically based on how the user interacts.  When the visitor types a domain name into the browser, it enables targeted content to be generated before the visitor even arrives.  In most cases, the domain owner is compensated based on the number of links that have been visited.  There may also be specific requirements that determine compensation such as acquiring a sale or subscription.

Former websites that resulted into expired domains are often sought after for monetary purposes, a practice known as drop-catching.  Even when the website expires, it typically maintains most of its primary incoming links.  This method has become popular because such domains tend to attract the greatest amount of traffic, typically right after being claimed.

As search engines and website administrators realize the domain is no longer active, they remove those inbound links, significantly decreasing the level of traffic on the parked domain.

Another way to profit from domain parking is to act as a placeholder for an existing site.  In this instance, the domain owner could also decide to redirect the domain to another website they created.  This can done with a URL redirection, pointing the domain as an alias of a primary domain, or by using a method known as domain cloaking.  When such processes are handled by the eventual owner, the domain is then considered to be in use and no longer parked.

Parking Your Domains

Domain parking has become so widespread, it is now common web hosting feature.  You will find that many companies allow you to park an unlimited amount of domains.  Of course the names will have to be purchased, but they can be profitable if you’re able to master the system. So if you are thinking of the right place to park you domain names, then VBHOSTNET give you the best service in the domain name business.