Domain Names - Frequently Asked Questions
Domain FAQ - Questions
1. How long does it take to register a domain?
2. Why does my domain still show as available?
3. What happens to my domain after the two year period?
4. Will I get a certificate proving its my domain?
5. Do any restrictions exist when registering a domain?
6. Is it possible to change the registered owner details for a domain?
7. Can I transfer my domain or change the DNS servers?
8. How much does it cost to transfer a domain into Weycrest?
9. Help!. I'm involved in a domain dispute!
10. Can I use my Weycrest Purchased Domain with "Google Apps for Your Domain?
Domain Name FAQ - Answers1. How long does it take to register a domain?
We recommend allowing 24 hours for the successful registration of a domain. It can take less however in the case of UK domains2. Why does my domain still show as available?
It can take some time for WHOIS records to update globally so some domain searches may still show a newly registered domain as available. Usually we recommend allowing 24-48 hours.3. What happens to my domain after the two year period?
Before your domain expires you will be sent a renewal notice and invoice enabling you to renew your domain. You do not have to be concerned about loosing your domain and services providing the relevant charges are paid in good time.4. Will I get a certificate proving its my domain?
Nominet issue Certificates in the case of UK domains but this usually won't be for several months. No certificates are issued for global domains. To check proof of ownership you can just carry a WHOIS lookup or domain search5. Do any restrictions exist when registering a domain?
For .co.uk and global domains the following restrictions apply.
- Domain names must be between 3 and 63 characters in length
- Two letter domains cannot be registered even if they show as available
- Spaces are not allowed at any point
- You cannot start or end a domain with a "-" however fred-blogs-bikes.com is perfectly acceptable
Yes. If its a Nominet governed domains (for example a .co.uk, ,org.uk or .me.uk) pay a visit to:
If its a global domain such as a .com, we will require a fax from the legal owner. The fax must cleary state the owners name and address, together with the particulars of the address they wish to transfer to. This cannot be dealt with "over the phone" or by email for obvious security reasons.7. Can I transfer my domains or change the DNS Servers?
Here is how to transfer a Weycrest registered domain to another provider and change the DNS servers for you domain.
- UK Domains To transfer a .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.ul you will need to obtain the IPS TAG of your new host. Once we transfer the domain to a new IPS TAG we loose all administrative control over the domain. All support and admin issues will then be handled by the new company
- Global Domains We simply need the two nameserver details of your new hosts (see below).
- DNS Updates To change the nameservers for your domain you will need to supply us the two DNS server names of the new hosts, such as ns0.newdns.com or ns2.newdns.com, together with their IP addresses.
Our charges for transferring in a domain are the same for new registration and can be found here. Generally speaking it is not neccessary to transfer in a domain in order to use our hosting servers. All that is required is for you to get your present domain provider to point your domain to our nameservers.
Before you proceed with a transfer we would recommend you contact us at email@example.com, so we can discuss other options. Bear in mind that during the transfer period (which can take up 5 days minimum) your current hosting facilities such as email for that domain may be disrupted for a short period or your website is unavailable.
Always ensure your registrants email for your registered domain is valid before attempting a transfer and if in any doubt, contact us first! We do not recommend any transfers if domain renewal is imminent (within the next 14 days).9. Help! I'm involved in a dispute over my domain name
This very rarely happens however for all domains currently offerered by Weycrest we have adopted the ICANN Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy which can be found at http://www.icann.org/udrp/udrp.htm.10. Can I use my Weycrest Purchased Domain with "Google Apps for Your Domain?"
Yes, you will need to sign up for your account at Google Apps for Your Domain then notify our support that you wish to change the MX records for you domain to Google. After a short verification process by Google your Gmail account will be activated.