Manage your domain name with SiteW

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You have just created a beautiful website on our platform. Congrats!

Now you’ll move on to the next decisive step: booking a domain name.

SiteW does its utmost to make your job easier as much as possible.

Let’s explain everything to you.

How to book a domain name for my website?

A domain name is essential to make a successful website.

It represents the identity of your website and will improve your brand image, notoriety, and SEO.

Other useful advantage if you book your domain name on our platform: you’ll have all the data related to your website on a single interface.

You can access everything from your SiteW dashboard and manage your domain name as well as all its features without any problem.

What good news!

You just need to follow these steps to book your domain name:

  1. Go to the “My websites” page

  2. Click on Settings > Search engines > Book or connect another domain name

  3. Then you’ll choose the best domain name step by step

Choose your domain name

Once you have clicked on the suitable link, click on Book a domain name and enter your name in the text field.

Thanks to the drop-down menu, you can edit the extension, and then click on Search.

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What should you do if you lack inspiration or if the domain name you wanted has already been booked?

Remember that there are online domain name generators such as on SiteW. For each domain name entered into the search bar, SiteW offers you other options to (always) find your domain name.

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Ensure the domain name is available

Once you have chosen your domain name, we’ll confirm that it is available.

Tick the box that commits yourself to booking your domain name and click on the purple button. Let’s go!

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Finalize the booking

Once you are on the payment page, confirm your choice and pay safely.

Follow your booking progress

SiteW offers this service to create your website and book your domain name on a single platform.

We send you notifications to remain informed of all the steps for your domain name booking. When you have signed in to your account, you find the status and information about your booking in the “My domains” tab. 

We also renew your domain name for you: you don’t have to worry about it.

How long does it take to get your domain name?

When you book a domain name on SiteW, we take your booking into account immediately: you receive a confirmation message. In that case, you own your domain name and anybody can’t book it in your country or abroad.

It may take a few hours or days before your domain name be visible online for everybody: you’ll have to wait the new data reach all the DNS servers.

How much does a domain name cost?

On SiteW, you can book your domain name for free.

Yes, for free!

From the Blog package, you can enjoy a domain name directly, without additional cost.

Basic domain name

If you have a Starter package (free), you have to pay €2.39 per month to add a domain name for one year of booking (or €1.99 for 2 years).

Domain name with an email address

Concerning the creation of professional email addresses, you will enjoy:

  • 1 professional email address with the Blog package

  • 2 professional email addresses with the Premium package

  • 3 professional email addresses with the E-commerce package

  • 10 professional email addresses with the Pro package

If you have created a website for free with SiteW o if you want to create additional email addresses (in addition to the email addresses included in your package), it’s possible on our platform. We will see this in more detail below.

Domain name with a website

As mentioned above, if you have subscribed to one of our packages and created a website on our platform, it’s simple : your domain name is free and included in your package.

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In general, if you book a domain name by hiring an external registrar, you have to pay between €10 and €15 each year.

In that case, your domain name is already included in your subscription.

Use a domain name you already own

To use your domain name, follow these steps: go to My websites > Settings > Search engines. Click on “Book or connect another domain name” and choose “Connect a domain name”.

Then you may:

👉 Use a transfer code. Thanks to this code, your domain name will be transferred to SiteW who renews and configures it.

👉 Not use a transfer code. Your domain name will be used on SiteW, but your registrar will still deal with it.

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Connect without transfer

If you connect your domain name without transferring it, you don’t change your registrar, and you’ll deal with its necessary configuration.

You will pay and deal with the annual renewal of your domain name. You will also create your professional email addresses if it’s possible with your registrar.

To configure your domain name, add these three DNS registrations to your current hosting provider. Get in touch with them to know the method.

1️⃣ 1st registration:

Subdomain: @ 

Type: A

Destination: 188.165.33.133

2️⃣ 2nd registration:

Subdomain: www

Type: CNAME

Destination: hd1.sitew.com.

3️⃣ 3rd registration:

Subdomain: ui.www

Type: CNAME

Destination: hd1.sitew.com.

Note that the name of the different fields may vary depending on your registrar (target audience, source, host name, subdomain, destination…). Don’t change the other default values.

Connect with transfer

If you connect and transfer your domain name, you remain the owner, but we renew and configure it for free.

You can connect your domain name using the following registrars:

  • OVH

  • Go Daddy

  • LWS

  • Ionos

  • Amen

  • Gandy

  • Wix

  • Google Domain

  • Other registrar

Book several domain names

"Psst… And if I want several domain names?"

A company should book various domain names for the same website. In this case, you keep your brand by booking the different possible variations (with or without dash, with the .en and .com extensions, for example).

On our platform, you can add as many domain names as you want for your website. You just need to follow again the booking process mentioned above.

An additional domain name will cost €2 with a Blog or Premium package, and €1.79 with the E-commerce and Pro packages.

Secure your domain name

SiteW secures your domain name automatically with HTTPS. Your data and your visitors’ ones are encrypted and protected.

Moreover, Google highlights the secure domain names to ensure reliable browsing for each user.

Rename your domain name

Your company / association and its brand evolve, change and improve over time.

And what’s about your domain name?

To that end, you have two possibilities:

  • buy a new domain name

In this way, your website will be available at the two related domain names. The redirection of a domain name to another one indeed will be automatic.

  • rename your website

To that end, go to the “My domains” tab in your SiteW dashboard.

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In this tab, you’ll find all the domain names related to your SiteW websites. You just need to click on them to edit them.

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If you edit your domain name, your former URL will work until the anniversary date of its creation. After that date, another user might buy your former domain name.

Renew your domain name

You don’t buy a domain name, definitely. You just book it for a given period of time. Therefore, renew your domain name to remain the owner.

SiteW combines your domain name renewal with your subscription systematically to minimize the risk of forgetting. In this way, you can kill two birds with one stone, and you have fewer elements to monitor.

If you have built a SiteW website for free (with a domain name), we’ll send you an automatic alert.

Define the main address of a website

If you own several domain names for the same website, they will be automatically redirected to the main address.

You can edit this address for your website. To that end, you can go to the “My websites” page and click on Settings > Search engines and then choose your address in the dropdown menu.

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Create and use an email address for my domain name

If you have created a website for free on SiteW, when you book your domain name, you’ll have the possibility to create a professional email address related to your domain name.

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A professional email address will be useful to solicit sponsors, contact with customers or send newsletters.

If you have subscribed to our platform, we create a professional email address related to your domain name automatically in the form of contact@your-domain-name.com.

You can customize it by logging in to your SiteW account and clicking on My domains > Mails. The emails received on this address will be automatically redirected to your main email address to make your job easier.

If you haven’t subscribed to SiteW or if you want to create more professional email addresses (not included in your package), you will have two options:

👉 The “Full address” package for €1.99 per month. It enables you to have 5 GB of storage for your emails, as well as direct access to a messaging service on SiteW.

👉 The “Basic address” package for €0.59 per month. You enjoy 250 MB of storage, and you have to configure your messaging service by yourself through an independent service such as G-Suite, Office-365 or any other registrar that offers MX servers.

Choose now!

Domain name and subdomain

👉 A web address, also known as URL, determines a website. The domain name makes part of this URL.

A domain name is composed like this:

  • Top-level domain name (or extension) that refers to a country or business sector (.net, .en, etc.)

  • Second-level domain name: it has between 3 and 63 characters, and you can customize it

  • Subdomain: which is at the beginning. The most usual subdomain is www (World Wide Web)

The domain name corresponds to an IP address. This IP address is a series of figures that enables to find the hosting server of the website. Letters are used so that the public remembers the domain name more easily.

👉 SiteW will offer you a free web address automatically. This address will be related to the sitew.com domain name and have this form: www.websitename.sitew.en.

You can keep it as much time you want, but you should book your domain name to become more professional for your public. You’ll be its owner, and it’ll be possible to keep it if you change your registrar, for example. You also prevent cybersquatting that consists in buying domain names, twisting your trademark to enjoy your notoriety.    

Change your registrar

Get your SiteW transfer code

Start transferring your domain name at least 10 days before its expiration date. Otherwise, the domain name won’t be released. Therefore, you’ll need to renew or restore your domain name before transferring it.

If you want your authorization code to transfer your domain name, sign in to your SiteW account. Then:

  • Click on the link on the “My domains” tab

  • Click on Website for the domain name you want to retrieve

  • Click on “See advanced options” > “Authorization code”

  • Then you just have to follow these steps: you’ll receive the code by email once your domain name is unblocked

✉️ For any questions, you can contact your new registrar, who will help you during the transfer.

Configure my domain name to display a website created by another

Here are the steps to connect your domain name to another hosting provider without transferring it:

  • Go to the following page: https://www.sitew.com/My-domains

  • Click on the Website button

  • Tick this box “Hosting IP” and then, enter the IP address on which the website is hosted on the new hosting provider. Otherwise, tick this box “DNS servers” and enter the 2 IP addresses of the provider’s DNS servers

  • Then confirm the entry. You’ll wait between 1h and 24h, the time that DNS propagation is executed.

If you want to change your hosting provider, email us, and we’ll explain how to proceed.

How to book one or several domain names on SiteW? You know everything.

Keep it up on the internet! 🙌

Last update: May 17, 2022

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