What is a domain name?
Before you can have a website, you first need to register a domain name. This will be the URL that your visitors enter into their Internet browser to access your website.
Should I register a local .my domain?
The first question is if you should have a .my domain or a TLD (top-level domain name), i.e. mycompany.com.my or mycompany.com. If you’re a local business and selling only to Malaysians, it makes more sense to have a .my domain name because it gives you a local identity. In addition, you also have more choices with .my domain names since only Malaysians can apply for these domain names.
What domain name should I register?
You should register a domain name that’s as close as possible to your business/company name to avoid confusion and to make your brandname memorable. For example, if your company name was SearchGuru Sdn Bhd, you would register searchguru.com.my.
How do I register a domain name?
You can register with any appointed resellers. In most cases, you would register the domain name together with your web hosting plan from the same provider.
If you plan to register a .my domain, take note that MYNIC (the body that administers .my ccTLDs) imposes certain restrictions. For starters, most companies will register a .com.my or a .my domain name. There are also restrictions on the domain such as no sexual words, no “bank” words, etc. Read MYNIC’s faq to learn more.
How much does it costs to register a domain name?
The cost of a .com.my domain name is RM80/year and the cost of a .my domain name is RM120/year. Check the latest fees here.
The costs for generic TLDs differ between resellers but the fees are in the range of US$10/year. Because of the competition, these registrars sometimes offer coupon codes that you can apply at checkout to get a discount, e.g. try Googling for “godaddy coupon”.
What information is required during domain registration?
For .com.my domains, you’ll need to provide your company name, company registration number and contact information. For generic TLDs, you only need to provide your contact information. In addition, you also need to provide your primary and secondary name servers.
How long do I wait before I can use the domain name?
For generic TLDs, you can use the domain name almost immediately – you just need to wait for the DNS (i.e. name servers) to propagate, which takes less than an hour based on our experience. Registrars like GoDaddy also provide you with a Client area where you can login and manage your domain, e.g. change name servers or lock the domain to prevent transfers.
For .my domain names, it can take up to 2 working days based on our experience. You will receive several emails from MYNIC, e.g. order received and login info to manage the domains.
What happens after the one year period?
At the end of the one year period, you can renew the domain by paying a renewal fee – usually the same price as registering a new domain name. If you fail to renew the domain name, it will enter into a redemption period, i.e. the domain name is suspended and your website cannot be accessed, but you can still redeem/renew the domain. If nothing is done, the records will be deleted and the domain name will be released to the public again.