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

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

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?

If you receive this error while attempting to make changes to your domain's name servers, it means the registrar rejected the names you provided. There are several reasons why this can happen:

(Where possible, our system will give you the best information it can about the reason for the problem.)

These are pretty self-explanatory, except for the requirement that name servers be registered. If you want to use a name server like ns1.example.com, that name needs to be registered as a child name server (along with its IP address) by the registrant of example.com in order to create the necessary NS pointer records ("glue records") at the gTLD registries. If you got these name server names from someone else, check with them to ensure the names have been registered as name servers. If you registered the domain containing the name server names here and now need to create new child name servers, see this FAQ entry for instructions.

Unfortunately, the error response they return is often neither human nor machine readable, so it does not indicate which of these is the case in a way we can automatically display. (Note: this issue is substantially less prevalent than it used to be.) If you are a subscription member and you do hit an error our system cannot decode, we can manually look it up for you in our logs and convert it to a human-readable explanation; just open a support issue.

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?

What is whois verification?

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?

What happens if my domain transfer fails?

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?

What top-level domains do you support for registration?

When should I renew my domain name?

How do I transfer a domain registration away from NearlyFreeSpeech?

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?

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?

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

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

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?

How do I update the public WHOIS contacts for a domain registered here?