Domains and Your Site
Domains are the web addresses of your site. Each site automatically has a HotDoodle based name such as http://s3.hotdoodle.com/customlecases but these names include the phrase "HotDoodle" and may be hard to remember. You have the option of buying the rights to a name (a domain) and associating it to your site. e.g. http://customlecases.com
- When such a domain is used it is possible for the site to never mention HotDoodle
- It does not matter if the domains were purchased from us, from somewhere else, or from both
Acquiring Your Domain
HotDoodle Sells Domains
Domains can be purchased and renewed through HotDoodle at a flat rate of $15/year. Domains purchased via HotDoodle are automatically configured with your HotDoodle website.
- Pros: No fuss, no renewal price jumps
- Cons: Might cost a few dollars more
See Sold by Us
Using Domains Already Owned
Domains purchased outside of HotDoodle, via external domain vendors (GoDaddy, Network Solutions, etc.), may be used for HotDoodle sites. Externally purchased domains require some configuration in your HotDoodle website account, and re-directing via your respective vendor's domain name management settings.
- Pros: You might save a few dollars
- Cons: Setting up DNS records is tricky and you may have to work through very techie screens on the site that sold you the domain.
See Bought Elsewhere
You may have multiple domain names with your HotDoodle site. For example, the HotDoodle site 'bnitricities' might be called
There is no charge for having multiple domains associated with a site.
All the domains will see the same site with the same home page and the same contents. The domain part of the URL will be the only difference.
The domain name and your website name do not have to be the same or even similar. bnitricites.com might actually be hotdoodle.com/lynns-test-site. Also, the title shown on the site and in the windows command bar can be different than any of these. It would be confusing to have these all be differnt, but it is allowed.
The domains will all resolve to the same web site and the same home page
Only one of the domains can have email capabilities.
Rules for URLS and Domains
Do not include 'www.' in the domain -- all domains will automatically work with the 'www.' version of their name.
Do include the ".com" or other suffix in the domain
The domain will be all lower case. (Browsers accept uppercase URLs, but the 'real' URL is lower case.)
Domains can have dashes [-] but cannot have spaces, periods, commas, underscores, or other punctuation.
It is OK to have HotDoodle recognize the domain before the domain points to HotDoodle.
Domain changes made at HotDoodle take up to an hour to be processed
Domain changes take up to an 72 hours to be propagated throughout the internet