How do I keep my website name if I change from a paid web space to a free one?
I have been paying for web space, part of the deal is they give me a website name. I wish to move the site to a free site so I no longer need to pay. I intend to use the name to redirect traffic to the new site. Who owns the name is it me or the website I pay? Here is the site name: http://www.healergeorge.com
I do not really use the site at the moment but there is a lot of interesting stuff on there which I would like people still to be able to access.
Do you know any free site, which have good bandwidth and a good name with search engines. That can cope with Microsoft Front Page as the editor?
Legally the domain name healergeorge.com is registered to "George" of 5 Glan Rhonwy in Nantile.
The technical contact is Lycos - but they do not own it so you can request moved to another registrar, unless Glan Rhonwy is not your address.
Whether the costs and effort of moving are worth the saving in cheap webspace is more debatable.
Mr. Geroge you know there lot of free hosting provider is there . like blogger.com & wordpress.com you can redirect to them. its very easy process
It's difficult to answer about the domain name without looking at your account, but if you're currently paying for hosting and a domain name they should be a professional organisation and therefore should have registered the domain name under your details so you are the owner.
With regard to moving to a free site, while we don't normally deal with free sites (you get what you pay for), I'd suggest that trying to find one that has a Front Page editor might be difficult - this is a pretty outdated system now and unfortunately things have moved on since it was launched.
You purchased your domain name, so whether, you are a paid site or a free site the domain name (website name) is yours as long as you continue to renew your domain name. Check where you received your domain name and go to their website. CoolHand, Go Daddy, Hostgator, etc.
It depends on the free web space provider. Ideally, whoever provide you free space, will redirect the site from other name. For any web Hosting issues, ou can catch me.
Adesh is correct. Dave, Cyd & the others had good points too. In addition, you can check the name availability on any domain sales site like GoDaddy.com. Many times the provider sells you the name within their domain, such as mycompany.onmicrosoft.com. In that case you can go to GoDaddy and buy the domain name, if it is available. It costs about $10-20 per year with options to prepay up to 3 years. If you find it is not available, you can ask the provider to sell it to you at a reasonable price. They should be ok with that. You can redirect fromt he domain provider such as GoDaddy (who is very helpful with setting it up). I hope that helps.
First thing I would ask is it really worth it to move your website? Upon first glance, it looks like you have a fair amount of info on your site that would take some time to transfer or some money to buy a service that will do that for you.
Secondly, what type of 'free' site are you talking about? You can use WordPress for no cost (other than the domain and hosting, if you go that route). Or if you are looking for a site with a shopping cart, that will cost extra.
Since you don't give any details, anyone can tell you the same story -- Lycos owns the domain etc. But no where do you address the reason why you want to change (other than cost), so I, personally, don't feel we can give you good advice for long term advantage to you issue.
I realize this is not what you asked, but I am read some between the lines.
I am going to start with the last item you mentioned - the ability to use Microsoft FrontPage. I don't know that you are going to find much of anyone who still supports FrontPage, as Microsoft discontinued it many years ago.
So far as keeping your domain name, so long as you registered it yourself - using a registrar service such as networksolutions.com, godaddy.com or the like, it is fairly easy to simply move your content.
If you registered the domain name through the host you are using, you should be able to transfer it. It is a process - basically, you have to initiate the transfer from the new registrar (name.com, namecheap.com, godaddy.com, etc) and will have to basically give permission on the current registration to move it. The method for doing so depends on what your contract states.
Once it is moved (if that is needed), you can secure hosting elsewhere and use the directions you receive upon signing up for hosting to "point" to the new location.
I will say that free websites typically do not have the best track record with regard to good ratings. There are, however, many very inexpensive site hosts worth checking. In addition, be aware that you will still have to pay for your domain name itself - it is usually a minor monthly fee.