Domain Names for Beginners

This guide aims to bring clarity to the various options regarding domain names.

What is a domain name?

Essentially, a domain name is merely an identifying name on the Internet - an easy way for people to identify and access your website. It is the yourname.com in a website address or "URL": http://yourname.com/somepage.html.

Domain names can be registered through LFC Hosting or any domain name registrar. However, your domain name must ultimately point to the server hosting your website. DNS (also called a "nameserver") is the service that manages this.

My domain has not yet been registered.

You can register a domain name when you sign up for LFC, or at any time through your Client Area.

Alternatively, you can register domain names using any domain name register. You just need to make sure that the domain points to LFC (this is done automatically when registered through LFC). Please refer to:

My domain is registered with another registrar.

You have two options:

1. Point the domain to LFC by setting its nameservers as follows:

Primary Nameserver: ns1.loosefoot.com
Secondary Nameserver: ns2.loosefoot.com
Tertiary Nameserver (optional): ns3.loosefoot.com

Your domain's nameservers can be changed through your domain registrar.

2. Transfer the domain to LFC, such that it is now registered with us. This can be done by navigating to Domains -> Transfer Domains To Us in your client area, or by clicking here.

My domain is registered with, or points to LFC.

Once your domain points to us, it can be configured. This process varies based on the hosting service:

VPS Hosting and Website Builder:

If your domain was registered with, or transferred to LFC, it is configured automatically. If the domain is registered elsewhere, you will need to make us aware of it by adding it through your client area (DNS -> Add Domain). You can also customize the DNS for your domains there; see: DNS Hosting.

Shared Hosting:

Add the domain name through the Domains section of your LFC Control Panel. To access the control panel, navigate to the shared hosting service in your client area, then click the Hosting Control Panel Login button at the bottom.

Lastly, please note that DNS Caching can cause apparent delays (of several hours to a day) with all of the changes discussed above.

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