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Domain names make your web address easy to remember. You are not required to register a domain name to have a website because when you sign up for our Website Service, your organization selects a free hostname, which acts as a domain name.  

You will get a website URL like this: adoptablepets.rescuegroups.org.  The hostname is the first part of your website address (adoptablepets), and the second part is our name (rescuegroups.org) because we host your site.  

You can also register your own domain name, such as adoptablepets.org, at any time and still use our service. Remember, to see your website from your account, click Website > Open Your Website.

Where do I find it?

You can find the information about domain names by going to Services and selecting any of the links under Domain.


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Why register a domain name?

A domain name makes it easy for guests to find your website. For instance, the name adoptablepets.org is shorter and easier to remember than adoptablepets.rescuegroups.org. If you want a domain name like adoptablepets.org, see the chapter  Registering a domain name .

Do I have to register a domain name?

You never have to register a domain name. Some groups don’t sign up for a domain name because of the expense. And that’s okay. You can use your hostname from RescueGroups.org as your domain name.

My organization already has a domain name registered can we use it?

 Yes.  To do that, “point” your existing domain name to your RescueGroups.org Website so that visitors see your domain.

See the instructions for Using a domain name you have already registered.

My organization would like to register a domain name

There are two ways of registering a domain name to use with your  Website Service :

Domain renewal and your Website Service

If you have registered your domain name through RescueGroups.org and you have the Website Service, you will receive a domain renewal invoice in addition to your Website Service invoice when it is time to renew your domain name. Domain names are renewed annually, and that renewal allows your organization to keep the custom domain name you registered (see above) in  Why register a domain name?  Remember, your hostname is part of your Website Service, but the domain name is not.

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