Domain Pointing
Pointing your domain name is what we call the process to update where your domain name is hosted. When we point your domain name to your website we begin hosting your domain name. There are marketing advantages to pointing your domain name rather than simply redirecting/forwarding it. One major advantage is that your domain is more likely to be recognized by search engines. Search engines will not index websites that have a redirection.

In addition, when you modify your domain name servers to our servers, pointing your domain name to us, your website is branded with your domain name. All email correspondence from your website will show your domain name as your website address rather than the actual address.

Domain Forwarding
Domain Forwarding allows you to access your website via your domain name without changing the domain name server information. However, once you hit your website, the URL address defaults back to the actual URL address, losing much of the effectiveness of your own domain name.

Domain Parking
When Do You Park a Domain Name?
Very often, when people “buy” a domain name, they are only just starting out on a new website. Since getting a domain is the first step of many in creating a website, most people don’t have any website at the time they register the domain. As such, they can’t point the domain name anywhere.

Domain name registrars, the companies through which you register a domain, work around this problem by allowing you to point your domain name to a dummy web page. When visitors type the address of a domain that has been parked, they will see this placeholder web page in their web browsers. The content placed on the dummy web page varies from registrar to registrar, and it’s possible that some registrars place advertisements or links to themselves on your parked domain.

Backup MX
If you run your own mail server, our backup mail service is essential to make sure you receive all of your important email. If your mail server is down or unavailable, Backup MX will accept the messages and then deliver them once your mail server is restored.

The historical reasons for backing up the MX records included both redundancies and allowing for a secondary (slower) route or the secondary was the Bastian host, with the primary behind the firewall. In the days of 9600 baud UUCP or even 1200 baud dialup links, it made a lot of sense. You wanted to incrementally and in small steps get the email closer and closer to its final destination. Also, the primary could be down for DAYS! Remember the default sendmail settings, the warning after 4 hours (2 hours for high priority), and a bounce after 5 days. Can you imagine an MX server down for 5 days?

Today’s reasons for backing up MX records are mostly used for load balancing. If you look at some of the larger mail server sites, they have the same MX ‘weight’ for all servers.

Dynamic DNS
Dynamic DNS is a method that allows you to notify a Domain Name Server (DNS) to change in your active DNS configuration on a device such as a router or computer of its configured hostname and address. It is most useful when your computer or network obtains a new IP address lease and you would like to dynamically associate a hostname with that address, without having to manually enter the change every time. Since there are situations where an IP address can change, it helps to have a way of automatically updating hostnames that point to the new address every time.

SSL

SSL Certificates
Unlike other products, most businesses can benefit from multiple security products or services. Here’s a quick overview of what we offer and how we protect you and your customers
An SSL Certificate protects the data that’s transferred to and from your site by encrypting it so hackers can’t read it.

As mentioned above, an SSL Certificate encrypts sensitive data that users submit to your site – such as credit card numbers, password and more – so hackers or other online criminals can’t read it. Certificates are issued in minutes and can be installed. But where they really shine is with our powerful SHA-2 and 2048-bit encryption, as well as the ability to cover unlimited servers.

A Code Signing Certificate is for developers. It keeps the software you write from being tampered with or flat-out stolen.
Write your own software? Protect your hard work with a Code Signing Certificate. It keeps hackers from altering your code and tells legitimate users you’re worthy of their trust.

If you’re an independent software developer, this certificate is invaluable. Code Signing Certificates places a unique digital signature on your software that proves who wrote it, lets users know if anyone has tampered with your code and even gets rid of the “Unidentified Publisher” warning that’s a red flag to your customers. We also offer a Driver Signing Certificate, which gives your hardware drivers the same level of protection and is required by Microsoft® for operating systems Vista and later.