Kropf.com and Domain Registration(s)
Kropf.com helps you register your Domain Name (YourName.com)
When we say "YourName.com", we mean YOUR
"Domain Name" in front of the ".com" so YOU have
a unique Address on the World Wide Web for anyone in the world to find.
Your "Domain Name" on the Internet equates to, and may actually
be more relevant than your current business name, as this is how your Internet
prospects and customers will actually "dial-up" your web site.
If you haven't yet registered a domain name, you should do so as soon as
possible! While having a Trademarked name may give you an ultimate judgment
for an identical domain name, names in the .com, .net, and .org "Top
Level Domains" are assigned in a "first-come-first-served"
basis! If you find that a domain has already been illegitimately registered
using your business name, or personal name, you may have recourse, however
it won't be easy (or inexpensive) to make your claim for it!
Originally, there were generally three "Top Level Domains"
(TLD) from which to choose: .COM, .ORG, and .NET. They stand for 'computer
NETworks', 'non-commercial ORGanizations', and 'COMmercial enterprises'.
In reality though, there is no screening or verification for these three
such as there is with the .GOV, .EDU, and .MIL TLD's. If you are registering
a business, the .COM choice is obvious. But even non-commercial ORGanizations
and computer NETworks usually desire the .COM TLD, because entering the
second level domain name alone (YourName) in many browsers will default to
(i.e. entering KROPF alone will contact the http://Kropf.com/ site
in these browsers.) We have .ORG customers that have also registered the
equivalent .COM domain to take advantage of this feature.
Each domain name registered has a separate yearly registration fee of less
than $20 for our hosting customers. For this low price, we ensure that
your domain name(s) will NOT lapse, and we keep your contact information
hidden from the aggressive telemarketers and "slammers".
Remember, if the .COM domain IS available, and you don't reserve it, a
competitor may register it to intercept an unwary prospect/customer of
yours. This fact alone makes the less than $20 additional fee a very
smart business decision.
If you're not sure if your preferred name has already been assigned,
click on this
and give us at least a few names you might like reserved for your web site.
We'll check availability and reply to your e-mail address (or call you if
necessary). If your preferences are not available, we'll provide some other
suggestions that are available.
Before spending any money on domain names (that may also be ineffective),
contact us so we together can make probably
the most important decision regarding your Internet presence.
- You are not limited to just one registered domain. We have many
customers that reserve multiple domain names, all pointing to the same
web site. As explained above, the preferred top-level-domain for businesses
is the ".com" and this is what most browsers will default to
if typing just the name like "Kropf". If you find that your
preferred name has already been reserved with the .com, be aware that
if you register the ".net", ".org", or even the newer
".biz", ".info", ".us", or others, many
people looking for your site will often visit the ".com" site
instead of yours.
If your business name is often abbreviated, you might want to register
both the abbreviated version in addition to the full name version.
- Before you go register your domain directly through some registrar such
as RegisterIt, NetworkSolutions, etc., be aware that when you are listed as
the contact person, your Name, Address, Phone number, and E-mail address
are all publicly accessible and you are about guaranteed to be added to the
telemarketer's lists, and will be wasting more time sifting through new
sources of junk e-mail (commonly called "spam")!
And we have seen many businesses unable to make Name Server (DNS) changes
when required to move a web site or mail server because the original email
address is no longer active.
Instead, when we register your domain for you, only your business name
is listed as the Registrant. We use our e-mail address and phone number
so yours is not posted publicly for the "spammers".
(We're already on the "spam" lists.)
- When your domain(s) reside with our registrar, we ensure that those
domain name(s) will NOT lapse. A lapsed domain registration means your
web site and email completely stops functioning! We do not require that
you pay for years in advance. Our experience shows that paying for many
years only wastes your money, and is only a marketing gimmick at your cost.
Let us maintain your domain name(s), and we'll put that yearly charge on
the same invoice with the hosting services we provide.
- If we have not registered your domain, and it does not reside with our
registrar, we can transfer your domain name(s) and extend the expiration
date one year for only the price of a one year renewal. You then can
receive all these benefits:
facilitates Kropf's ability to keep your name servers always pointing
to the correct location,
you don't have to keep track of rarely used account login/password,
ensures that the domains are renewed (until notified otherwise) without
contacts are 'c/o Kropf Computer Services, Inc.' (without paying more
for 'privatized registration') so you can avoid the junk snail-mail and
telemarketer calls (domains are always registered in your
name so that a FAX from your organization can authorize changes),
domains are guarded against unauthorized transfers,
immediate notification is directed to Kropf in case of
domain 'slamming' attempts,
any related domains are immediately re-directed (and logged) to the
preferred web site so that bookmarks and site logging are consistent,
consolidated on the yearly invoice for clarity and convenience.
- We see countless web sites using a registered domain name, but then
they use their ISP's domain for their business e-mail or an AOL.com
account! If you already have such a web site that promotes some other
business for your e-mail address more than your own domain, we can host
your domain name (YourName.com) and provide you unlimited e-mail addresses
By hosting your domain, we provide the e-mail services so you receive
the full benefit of the domain name you've already purchased. Even while
hosting your domain for e-mail, we can point web traffic to your current
web site Host if you prefer to let them continue hosting your web site.
What about letting a domain name expire?
If there is ANY possibility that you may want to continue using the
currently registered domain name, it is strongly suggested that you keep the
domain name renewed, even if you don't want the web site itself active.
If you let the domain name expire, it may cost hundreds of dollars or more to
purchase it from an entity that often purchases expired domain names. Some of
these entities will point the previously expired domain to a benign
advertising site. However, others point them to gambling or pornographic sites
in order to blackmail a purchase by the original owner.
Therefore, it is suggested to renew the unwanted domain name for at least a year
after the web site is shut down to prevent people (clicking on old links and
bookmarks) from finding offensive material when they're expecting to find
your previous information.
If the unwanted domain name has been replaced by a better domain name, we can
immediately redirect the old name to the new name so that all subsequent browsing
and bookmarking will make use of the new name.
Of course, we'll need to keep the old name registration renewed in order for the
redirect to function. This is usually the best option for where an old name is
being replaced with another name.
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