What Is Site Domains About?
This is a question that many Wealthy Affiliate newcomers, or researchers, have after their first tour around the WA platform. Until you start the training, the answer to this question may not be obvious..
For those already on the platform, and in the early stages, it may not be clear how to utilize the Site Domains feature.
If you are just researching the platform, then this may be even more unclear, and leave you with many unanswered questions.
I’m going to answer these questions now, so that you can use Site Domains to provide the greatest benefit to your online business.
This article will be one of many, as I cover all Site Rubix features on the Wealthy Affiliate platform, one at a time.
Let’s get started and answer the first question now.
What Is Site Domains About?
As I have already mentioned, Site Domains is part of the many Site Rubix features, and it’s found only on the Wealthy Affiliate platform.
Site Domains is about UX, or user experience. It’s about adding more value for the members of the Wealthy Affiliate community, by providing simplified tools and features, that benefit the group as a whole. It’s about making the process of choosing a domain name easy for the absolute beginner, while still offering functionality to experienced online entrepreneurs.
Site Domains gives you a simple way to search, register, and purchase a domain for your website. This feature also gives you a way to transfer your existing domains to the WA hosting servers. The entire process, from start to finish, has been designed with your needs in mind. They take care of the hard work for you, and allow you to spend more time building your online business.
You won’t need any special technical skills, to get your new domain up and running, or transfer an existing domain to the WA servers.
Here are some of the greatest assets at you disposal, when using the WA Site Domains.
- Searching is Simple: easily search and check the availability of any domain name that you wish to purchase for your online business.
- No Technical Skills Required: Never worry about any complicated settings on the back end, Wealthy Affiliate has you covered, so you can focus on your new website.
- Quick Set-Up: No need to wait for days before going live. Your new domain name will typically be available within the hour, but may take up to 24hrs.
- No Up-Sells: You will never be required to purchase an upgrade after signing up for a WA premium membership. It’s all included in the premium membership. Everything you need in one place, and the only true one stop shop platform.
- Flat Rate: The price of your domain will remain the same, year after year.
- Auto Renew: Nobody can steal your domain name, if you never miss a payment for the license to it. Turn auto renewal on or off with the click of a button.
- Sub Domains: You can easily set up sub domains for your current domain names, and do it all for free.
- Email Account: Your domain comes with a domain specific email account, that you can set up at any time, absolutely free with your premium WA membership
- Privacy Protection: Never worry that your information will be mishandled or your privacy neglected. Your Safe Here!
- Domain Transfers: Transfer any domains that you already own to the Wealthy Affiliate hosting servers (premium membership is required for all paid domains).
Added Bonus With Site Domains for Premium Wealthy Affiliate Members:
As a premium member at WA, you will have up to 50 domains hosted for free. No need to seek hosting with another company. Wealthy Affiliate has you covered across the board.
You will receive 25 free domains and 25 paid domains with free hosting for them all.
I think this explains what Site Domains is about. But how can you use this to your advantage?
Let’s get into that now.
How To Use Site Domains:
I imagine that you have figured out by now, that you must be a member of Wealthy Affiliate, in order to gain access to this tool. If you would like to see how to sign up for Wealthy Affiliate, please check out my review. You can sign up for free, without any credit card info. Stay a free member or unlock the full power of the WA platform by upgrading to a premium membership, it’s completely up to you.
You will need the premium membership to utilize everything offered to its fullest extent, but you will have access to the Site Domains tool as a free member, just not the free hosting I mentioned earlier.
Now, we can get started.
After signing in to the Wealthy Affiliate members home screen, you will see, on the left-hand side, a list of options. You need to click “Websites” to open another sub-menu, then click “Site Domains”.
This will take you to the Site Domains home page, and this is where the real fun starts.
This is also where we will come to manage our owned domain names, transfer any existing domains to Wealthy Affiliate, and point other domains to the WA hosting servers.
How To Register A New Domain Name At Wealthy Affiliate
Here, we can search for available domain names for our websites, register the domain we choose, and purchase that domain to take ownership of it before someone else does. You can see the Site Domains home page below.
Do you have an idea about what you want your website domain name to be?
Better come up with something soon, because this is where we will start our search to see if its available, and to snatch it up before our competitors get it.
- Step 1: Finding An Available Domain Name
Just enter your desired domain name in the search field above.
Just the desired name. Don’t include .com,.org.,.net, etc. The Site Domain search will give you suggestions based on what’s available.
For my example, I searched for “mydomainname”. After just a few seconds, I can see this domain name is already taken, but Site Domains has given me a list of other available options to choose from.
I added “myworldname.com” to the cart. Now, if I’m happy with the selection, I can simply go to the cart to proceed through the four step process.
Pretty simple right?
But we’re not done just yet, so let’s continue.
You will need to confirm your new domain name, and click “Continue”.
Yet again, super simple right?
- Step 2: How Long Would You Like To Own This Domain?
After going to the cart and confirming your new domain name, you will need to choose how long to pay for it in advance. You can stick with the year by year option, or pay for up to ten years at once.
I would only recommend purchasing a domain name for more than one year, if you are sure that you will keep up with and maintain your website.
There is no need to pay for many years, if there is a chance that you will give up or decide to pursue another option. Auto renewal will take care of you just fine when you first get started.
- Step 3: Where do you want the confirmation email sent to?
It is important that you double check your email address. Make sure that you are linking this domain name to the proper email address. You will need to check for the confirmation email and confirm that you did register this new domain name.
- Step 4: Time to pay up.
Now, last but not lease, we enter in the payment information and make the purchase.
Nothing to complicated about the whole process is there?
There are three ways to pay. Credit card, PayPal, or Wealthy Affiliate Credits.
After completing the registration, the new domain name will be up and running, usually within minutes, and you can get started building out your website.
Keep in mind that the auto renewal is set to “off” by default. You will need to access Site Domains and turn that on if you wish to guarantee that you never miss a payment.
As you can see by now, Site Domains is a very simple tool to use and very beginner friendly. But there’s more.
How To Transfer A Domain To Wealthy Affiliate
Now, if you have a domain with another registrar and you would like to transfer that domain over, you can do this with the “Transfer A Domain To WA” button. This is reported to sometimes be a laborious process. You will need to make sure that you domain is unlocked from the current registrar or hosting company. They will give you a “Transfer Verfication Code” that you must enter into the required field before making the transfer.
If all else fails, and you have made the transfer but havn’t seen your domain listed within Site Domains after a couple of days, you should reach out to Site Support and they will gladly do whatever is necessary to get your domain moved into your account properly.
How To Point A Domain To The WA Name Servers
Transferring a domain and pointing a domain at the WA servers, are two separate things.
When you transfer your domain, everything will be hosted on the WA servers and you will need to re-register the domain name with Wealthy Affiliate.
When you point a domain to the WA servers. This will redirect the name server, allowing the original registrar to keep the domain, but WA to host it.
This process can be a little confusing, so to help you out, check out the training offered by Kyle. Kyle is one of the founders of Wealthy Affiliate and responsible for the majority of the training on the platform. He will answer all of your questions regarding some of the more popular registrars available.
I feel like this covers everything you need to know about Site Domains, how to use it, and what its about.
If you have any further questions about this tool, please let me know in the comments below and I will get back to you asap.
To Your Success,