Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

Domain Registration (*)

How do I change the name servers of a domain registered here?

What are the steps involved in an inbound domain transfer?

I have a domain with a proxy privacy registration service. Can I transfer it to NearlyFreeSpeech.NET?

I want to transfer a domain to NearlyFreeSpeech.NET. Will my site/DNS/email go down if I do?

I let my domain expire a while ago. Now I'm trying to renew it and I get "renewal failed." Why?

What happens to my domain's name server settings during a transfer?

Can I add or remove RespectMyPrivacy on a domain I already registered here or transferred?

Is NearlyFreeSpeech.NET an ICANN-accredited registrar?

Will you remind me before my domain expires?

If I still have time left on my existing domain registration with another registrar, can I keep that time if I transfer the domain to NearlyFreeSpeech.NET?

Why is my domain transfer taking so long?

Why is the domain I transferred to NearlyFreeSpeech.NET not pointing to my site?

What happens to my domain after it expires?

Why am I still paying for RespectMyPrivacy service on my expired domain?

Can I create child name servers (glue records) within my domain?

What does the error "The name server modification failed." mean?

What's the maximum number of years for which I can register a domain name?

How I do I get the transfer code for a domain registered here?

Where are the actions for editing my registered domain?

Do I need to put valid contact information on my domain registration?

Will you be adding additional top-level domains to register?

We are in the process of adding some of the more popular new gTLDs introduced as competition for the traditional com/net/org/biz/info/name crowd. If there's a gTLD you're interested in that you don't see on our list, feel free to ask about it in our forum.

However, we are very hesitant to allow adding ccTLDs (the two-letter TLDs assigned to individual countries based on their ISO country code — all two-letter TLDs are ccTLDs) for countries other than the United States due to concerns about giving those countries political, economic, or legal leverage over us or our members. Most ccTLD operators are part of or run on behalf of the country's government, and they typically include something in their registrar agreement about "Paragraph 1219: You will follow all of our country's laws." and "Paragraph 2751: The ccTLD operator reserves the right to terminate this agreement at any time for any reason." Either could cause serious problems for us. Suppose, for example, that we offered registrations in Elbonia's .eb ccTLD and accumulated a few thousand .eb domains. Then suppose that the Elbonian government decided they didn't like a site we host that criticized their Grand Vizier's hat, and told us to get rid of it or have all those domains seized.

While that's a little farfetched, we have had conflicts with foreign governments over member sites, and handing significant leverage to people who may not have our members' best interests at heart doesn't seem like a good idea.

Many ccTLD's also have weird, special requirements and procedures that would require a lot of extra work for us to support. (Looking right at you, .uk, and your IPS tags!) That may not sound like a big deal, but "extra work" for us translates directly to "extra cost" for you. Some ccTLDs even have complex legal requirements that the registrar, the name servers, or the registrant be physically present in that country that would be difficult or impossible for us to meet, even if the technical issues didn't exist.

What happens if my domain transfer fails?

What is whois verification?

Can you send the domain transfer approval to a different email address?

I have a bunch of domains to register/renew/transfer. Can you help?

How do I renew my domain name?

How long does it take to transfer a domain away from NearlyFreeSpeech.NET?

When should I renew my domain name?

What top-level domains do you support for registration?

How do I get rid of a registered domain I no longer want?

Why does domain registration have different Terms of Service than NearlyFreeSpeech.NET hosting?

Why did my domain transfer fail?

How do I transfer a domain registration away from NearlyFreeSpeech?

I renewed my expired domain. Why is it still parked?

Why does my domain registrar show as "external?"

What are the steps of a domain registration?

What does the error "the contact information you entered was not accepted by the registry" mean?

I deposited funds for my domain registration renewal but it hasn't been renewed. What's wrong?

I don't want to keep my domain. How do I stop receiving emails that it's going to expire?

Why doesn't the domain name I just renewed show up in the renewal monitor?

When is RespectMyPrivacy enabled during domain registration?

Why do I get "Invalid URL" when I click the email link to approve or cancel a domain transfer or verify a domain contact?

Does NearlyFreeSpeech allow managing DNSSEC (DS) records?