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What would be the easiest way to change a domain's name without buying a new one?

asked Aug 05 '12 at 08:23

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closed Aug 07 '12 at 19:21

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The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by kevinlockergnome Aug 07 '12 at 19:21

there is no way to change the domain name without buying a new one, you cant get a redirect address or an address shortener but this is not changing the address and you cant choose what the name is ..

bottom line is once you pay for a domain name you are generally stuck with it for a year ..

answered Aug 05 '12 at 08:34

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Thanks but can't I just cancel my Direct Debit?

(Aug 05 '12 at 08:43) RafalChmiel RafalChmiel's gravatar image

dont know that it will work in this case :) you did read the fine print about domains and being careful when you register . they have a resale valvue so there is no refunds ..

keep in mind they concider domain name to have possible resale values far greater then what you pay for them some sell for millions of dollars ..

(Aug 05 '12 at 09:01) jadtechnic jadtechnic's gravatar image

^He's Right. If you were to cancel your domain, GoDaddy could sell it to someone else for thousands of dollars..

(Aug 05 '12 at 09:47) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

Can I sell it?

(Aug 05 '12 at 11:55) RafalChmiel RafalChmiel's gravatar image

When you 'buy' a domain from a Registrar (GoDaddy, for example) you get a lease for a certain amount of time depending if you bought it for 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, etc. You Cannot Sell it like for someone to keep forever but you can a different way.

Let's say I wanted Rafalc.com from you. I could pay whatever amount you want and I you would hand over the Login creditentials to me so I could use it. So If I wanted it and gave you $10 for it you could give it to me.

(Aug 05 '12 at 12:00) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

You really cannot replace a domain name with another, with out purchasing a new name. A new name from NameCheap.com is only around $10.00. Then you could redirect the old name to the new site. Your hosting company should be able to help you if you need help. Dan

answered Aug 05 '12 at 21:34

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That's Impossible. Your just 1. Going to have to stick with it. 2. Going to have to create a HTML Meta Redirect to the new domain for a year, so it will send people who type in yourdomain.com to yournewdomain.com. As well if you had any emails to convert them to forwarding emails.

answered Aug 05 '12 at 09:46

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My domain is fairly new anyway so I don't mind not having a redirect.

(Aug 05 '12 at 11:56) RafalChmiel RafalChmiel's gravatar image

I just decided, I will cancel my plexnaut.com domain, wait until it's completely gone, then buy rafalchmiel.com (that is the username I use everywhere).

answered Aug 05 '12 at 12:45

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What do you mean by completely gone? I would buy the new domain today. Some one else may buy it before you do if you keep waiting. Update, some one already has it. You should be able to find a similar one with a different extension on the end like .tv . For the old one to be gone from the internet, just delete the nameservers you have it pointed and it will be gone for all practical purpose. Browser will return domain name not found.

(Aug 07 '12 at 10:34) dan501 dan501's gravatar image

Once you've registered a domain name it cannot be changed. As the idiom does, what's done is done.

answered Aug 07 '12 at 01:16

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edited Aug 07 '12 at 01:17

I've already bought the domain http://rafalchmiel.com/ and deleted my old one. Everything is working now. Can someone close this post now?

answered Aug 07 '12 at 11:07

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I'm sorry I would but I'm not allowed until 2,000 karma and I'm at 1,000. Try Renaming the question to [closed] in the front and a Mod should close it officially.

(Aug 07 '12 at 15:38) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

Buying an old one, i.e. an already existing domain, preferably with traffic and incoming links.

answered Aug 07 '12 at 13:40

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