Domain Names & Management

Buy .com and .net domains before price increase July 1, 2010 Working with your domain names isn’t something you’ll need to do very often, however, there will be times when you want to make changes, update profiles or maybe have a business to sell domain names you’ve registered.

Your GoDaddy domain dashboard makes doing these things easy. Once you’ve signed in to your account, you will see a display of all of your domains that are registered under that user name. You’ll also see a list of your products, recent orders and account notifications. Keep up with the account notifications – they may be simply wanting you to take a survey or it may be something as important as changing your password.

The left sidebar will display

  • My Products
  • My Account
  • My Renewals
  • My Selling List
  • My Bidding List
  • Recommended Products

From this list of options you can manage any of your domains shown. The one you most probably will be working with the most is My Products –> Domains –> Domain Manager.

If you have more than 1 domain registered under your user name, you will need to select the domain to be managed before any actions can be taken. Once you have the dashboard for the selected domain showing, you have the following options

  1. Organize – allows you to move domains from folder to folder
  2. Locking -prevents unauthorized domain changes, including transfer to another registrar
  3. Cash In – allows you to monetize a domain either through listing it on GoDaddy as a Premium Listing, having it appraised or putting it in the GoDaddy auction
  4. Upgrade – make a change to your services
  5. Renew – renew your domain manually or make a change to the auto-renew function
  6. Forward – forward a sub-domain or domain
  7. Contact – change contact information, i.e., telephone, address, email, etc.
  8. Name Servers – make a change to the name servers
  9. Account change – create a buyer profile to make upcoming purchases easy, store payment info, check product preferences, etc.

Getting familiar with the GoDaddy dashboard is easy – just click through the links are read – you can always hit ‘Cancel’ and return to ‘Home’.

In addition to the Account Manger there are a lot of other useful links covering Shopping, Resources, Help & Support, as well as lots of info about the GoDaddy company – even career opportunities if you’re looking for one.

One of my favorite features is the auto log-out. If you’re on your dashboard and for some reason it remains inactive for 15 minutes (estimated) it will automatically close. This is a very good safety feature and helps keep your information protected – particularly if other people have access to your computer.

If you’ve been waiting to purchase your domain names – don’t!

Like everything else – the cost for domain names will be going up in the near future. Buying a domain name is a small investment if you even think you might want to go into an Internet business or have your own websites. While the increase is not huge (7-10%) – an increase is an increase and if you can save a few dollars – why not?

July 1, 2010 is the deadline for buying GoDaddy domains (.com and .net) at the current price. I know I’m going to be buying a few more as well as extending my existing domains to take advantage of the current prices.

Check on availability of  domain names  now!

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