Bob: Hi! Welcome to Tech Talk With Bob and Lee.
Lee: Hi! We think we're as entertaining as those guys that talk about cars.
Bob: Except we talk about technology.
Lee: Its harder to make tech funny because so many people are tortured by it.
Bob: To make up for it, we'll occasionally add some blunt humor like hitting Lee with a keyboard.
Bob: Wasn't that entertaining?
Lee: Yea, I'm laughing. I'm thinking about revenge.
Bob: No time for that now. We have limited space to cover today's topic. We're talking about domain names and the domain name registrars. It doesn't matter whether you’re Google, Codesail, or the Hall family, if you want google.com, codesail.com or hall_family.org Your domain name needs to be registered with a domain name registrar. Examples of registrars are: godaddy.com, register.com and dotster.com.
Lee: That's the background for today's topic. The question is who should hold the account with the domain name registrar. Often the geek building your web site will offer to do it in a proposal. Its pitched as a technical detail and they will take care of it.
Bob: Don't let the geek do this. Its not in your best interest.
Lee: To understand why, let's compare the domain name registrar to something more familiar, the Department Of Motor Vehicles. They control your ID, your driver's license. Would you let someone manage the photo on your driver's license?
Bob: The cops won't like it. Imagine trying to talk your way out of a speeding ticket by saying: "Walter's IDs Inc. handles my relationship with the motor vehicle department. They have my license. Here is the email address to their tech support. May I go now?"
Lee: Good luck with that! Repeating our advice: Don't let your hired geek control your account with the domain name registrar. Keep the control with yourself. It can save you money on contracts and lawyers.
Bob: Suppose your hired geek is a flake or gets hit by a bus or is hired away by Google. Where does that leave your project? You're stuck. The legal term for this is vendor lock-in. You often hear the term next to names like Microsoft, IBM, and lately Google.
Lee: If you control the account then its easy to get rid of the geek. Step #1: Hire geek B to replace geek A. Step #2: Change your domain so it uses the services provided by geek B. Geek A is powerless to stop you. Step #3: Send Bob and Lee a small token of appreciation, such as a plate of cookies.
Bob: If the geek controls the account and becomes a problem, you may need a lawyer. They're expensive.
Lee: Or you need to spend more time and money on air tight contracts.
Bob: Keep your $$ for yourself.
Lee: Or spend it on some other computer service you'd like.
Bob: Nice segway. Did you plan that?
Lee: It took an inning of late night baseball to think of it regardless of how smooth it may sound.
Bob: Our readers think this is a spontaneous column.This might be bad marketing. Who won the game?
Lee: Rockies beat Diamondbacks. Home run by Ianetta. Strong pitching by Chacin. Let's suppose your wife needs a domain. What would she call it?
Bob: She'd call it perfectsense.com. What else would it be if she were defining her own domain?
Lee: What services will she provide?
Bob: Counseling service for imperfect husbands.
Lee: Lots of demand for that, I'm sure.
Bob: It depends on your address.
Lee: So she'll need some sub-domains to cater to her various locales. For example: europe.perfectsense.com and mexico.perfectsense.com can compliment her primary domain of perfectsense.com.
Bob: She may want mail.perfectsense.com, blog.perfectsense.com, jabber.perfectsense.com and so on.
Lee: This is a cute example. It shows ability to mix and match services.
Bob: It’s like going shopping.
Lee: Yes. You find the pieces you want and glue them together with sub-domains.
Bob: We're running out of space. So we'll have to pause here for now. Next time we'll cover subdomain examples for business and personal life.
Lee: I haven't forgotten you <tha-whack/> me with the keyboard to start this.
Bob: I know. I'm scared.
Bob Gilson is CodeSail.com. He has been building software for more than 20 years. His favorite areas of creativity involve large databases, e-commerce, real time networking and large scale web hosting.
Lee Hall is PeakWestPC.com (Lyons Chamber of Commerce Member). He has been an enthusiastic Lyons resident for over two years. He has been working with PC’s for over 20 years – since earning degrees in both hardware and software.