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Domain Name FAQ's

1. How long does it take to register a domain name?
2. Can I register my own domain name?
3. Do I have to use your web hosting services if I want to register a domain name through mickwood.com?
4. What restrictions apply when registering a domain name?
5. How long can I register my domain name for?
6. What can I do if my preferred domain name has already been registered?
7. What happens if I want to change my registrar from mickwood.com to someone else?


1. How long does it take to register a domain name?

When your new domain name has been registered it can take up to 72 hours to propagate around the world. During the propagation process your newly registered domain is being updated by the various Internet providers around the world. Please note that mickwood.com has no control over this process.

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2. Can I register my own domain name?

Yes you can. There are lots of companies willing to register your domain name and prices vary widely.

If you intend to use our hosting services you will need to point your domain to our servers.

Primary Nameserver:
ns1.mickwood.com
Primary Nameserver IP: 209.217.41.39

Secondary Nameserver:
ns2.mickwood.com
Secondary Nameserver IP: 209.217.41.28

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3. Do I have to use your web hosting services if I want to register a domain name through mickwood.com?

Not at all. You will need to tell us the Domain Name Servers your website will resolve to.

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4. What restrictions apply when registering a domain name?

There are some important restrictions on the composition of Domain Names including:

  • Domain names must be between 3 and 63 characters in length - one and two letter names are not allowed e.g. aa.co.uk
  • They can only contain the the characters abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789-
  • No spaces are allowed at any point and you cannot start or end a domain with a "-".

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5. How long can I register my domain name for?

".com", ".net", & ".org" domain names may be registered for between 1 and 10 years.

".co.uk", ".org.uk", ".info", ".biz" & ".me.uk" domain names must be registered for a period of 2 years.

".name" domain names may only be registered for a period of 1 year.

Prices differ depending on the type of domain and the length of registration period. Check out our prices for further information.

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6. What can I do if my preferred domain name has already been registered?

Millions of domain names have been registered worldwide and many of the most popular names have already been taken.

It is estimated that 125,000 domain names are registered every month. As a result you may have to be creative to obtain a good domain name.

Our Simple & Advanced Domain Name Search Tools will help you to find a good domain name.

Alternatively you could use the whois results generated by the Search Tools to look up who owns your preferred name and make them an offer. It is recommended that you seek expert legal advice.

You may also find the recommended books useful.

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7. What happens if I want to change my registrar from mickwood.com to someone else?

This is known as an IPS Tag Transfer. If you wish to change your registrar there is a 'one-off' administration fee of £20 per domain.

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