Nigeria is now offering useful tips on renewals of its .ng Internet domain names under a plan to drive retention and uptake by the online community.
And why is this so, you may wonder.
A domain name is the friendly name used for giving addresses to web servers and web pages. Somewhat like international phone numbers, the domain name system gives every server a memorable and easy-to-spell address. Simultaneously, the domain names hide the really technical IP address which most viewers aren’t interested in.
Being a domain name registrant you should control the contact email and not the developer, marketing agency, or some other entity.
Since the domain name is an identification string within the Internet, the address that refers to your online identity, it can be rightly said that it advertises your business online. Without a domain name pointing to your website, people would not be able to locate your online business.
The expiration of a domain name, without you taking note, can lead to you losing ownership of the domain name, loss of faith and credibility of your business, loss of hours of hard work put into developing the site as well as the investment ensuring its high ranking in search engines.
The Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA), managers of the country’s online real estate, the .ng, has provided the following tips to help you ensure your domain names get renewed as of when due and also avoid losing your domain name due to not renewing on time.
NiRA, a stakeholder-led organisation in Nigeria, is responsible for the management of the Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain Name (ccTLD), dot ng.
According to NIRA, the underlisted tips are good reminders to avoid losing your domain names due to negligence:
- Register responsibly: When you register your domain name or have your domain name registered on your behalf, it is very important to provide valid information/details that will appear in the NiRA WHOIS database. The information provided would be used when sending out reminders when the domain name is about to expire. Ensure accurate name, email address, physical address, telephone number, among others. Cross check whatever is inputted and ensure its accuracy.
- Keep Your Contact Information Up -to-date: Remember to keep your contact information up to date with your registrar and registration/renewals. As expiration notices are sent, if the email address is wrong or is no longer active, your domain registration could lapse without you receiving these notifications. Please check the email address against your domain name via the link http://whois.nic.net.ng/whois.jsp.
- Being a domain name registrant you should control the contact email and not the developer, marketing agency, or some other entity. Sometimes when changes are made on issues concerning the website or your organisation, the domain registration update is forgotten. The domain name registrant should always have control of the domain name.
- Don’t use @domainname for the email address because if the registration lapses, further renewal notices will be missed.
- Always check your domain on the “WHOIS” (http://whois.nic.net.ng).
- Study and understand the domain name life cycle.
NIRA also reminds that “your domain name is your identity or the identity of your business. Be in custody of this important property/identity.”