Domain Names
If you own a website you will own a domain name. Domain names typically follow the 'www.yourname.co.uk' format.

These domain names need to be renewed, usually every two years. The registered keeper of the domain name will receive notification in good time via email, of the requirement to re-register.

Spam
There are however unscrupulous fraudsters that send out emails to domain owners purporting to be 'expiry notices' or 'expiration notice' for your domain. They are made to make you think you need to pay, but in fact most are fake and are just trying to get you to pay money for a service that is not necessary.

If you read these emails carefully you should not be fooled, but if not, a glance is enough to make people worry about losing their domain name. In reality this is a very unlikely occurrence, but it is possible in certain circumstances if email reminders are ignored. The fraudsters play on this.

At Crystal Thought we take care of all domain registrations on behalf of our clients who choose to host their domain names with us. This guarantees that you do not need to worry about your domain name again, as we ensure that the registration is kept up to date and you need not waste your time reading spam emails about it.

William Withers

29th November 2012
If you are a startup or sole trader, you may be thinking about saving some time and money by using one of the free website templates that are available online from some of the main domain hosts.

A number of things you should consider before making a decision:

1. Where will you be getting new customers from?

If you intend to get new customers from the internet, then you should perhaps review your competitors websites, as you will probably need to create something as good if not better than theirs. Do you have the necessary skills to do this?

Free website templates tend to look very similar and to make them look good can sometimes require time and skill.

If you don't intend to get new customers from the internet, you should still think about your website image and the fact that people may evaluate your website before doing business with you.

Your company/business image is important and you need to ensure that you have a consistent brand across all your marketing.

2. Once your website is up and running, what happens if you need help?

If you have managed to get your website up and running for free, well done! However, what happens if you decide later on that you need to add more functionality; have you checked to see if such things are possible and what are the costs involved? Also, how quickly will they respond to your requests and do they understand what you and your business are trying to achieve?

3. Speed is an issue

If your free website is hosted on a server with lots of other free websites, the speed in which people are able to navigate your website may be less than up to speed. Google has started to rank websites on how quickly they are able to load.

These are just some of the things to consider if you go down the free DIY route, if you would like to discuss some alternative options please give me a call.

William Withers
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