Using Your Existing Domain Name with Small Farm Central's Website Hosting

Important - If you have an existing domain name that you are using with an active website and/or active email addresses, it is very important that you speak with a Small Farm Central support specialist before making any of the changes described below. Failure to coordinate these activities with Small Farm Central could result in extended downtime of your website and email services.

Every website needs a domain name to serve as the identifier of the site online. The domain name is also part of your URL or Uniform Resource Locator, which is used to access your website on the internet. Think of this as your website's 'address'. For example: Small Farm Central's domain name is: smallfarmcentral.com, while our URL or 'address' is: http://www.smallfarmcentral.com.

You may have already registered a domain name for your website before you began your subscription with Small Farm Central and therefore do not need us to create one for you. However, Small Farm Central will still be the host for your website. This means that your site will be housed by our server, which gives you access to the Small Farm Central Control Panel.

Small Farm Central can host your site using the domain name that you have already created and registered, but to do this, you will need to change the "nameserver" with the company that your domain name is registered with.

The company that you registered your domain name with is often called the registrar. Popular registrars include GoDaddy.com and NetworkSolutions.com. (*Remember:* You do not need to set up a domain name with a registrar company before you begin website hosting with Small Farm Central. If you do not have a domain name, SFC will set one up for you.)

To change the name server with your registrar, visit their website and do a quick search for "changing name server" to see how this is done with your particular registrar. If you cannot find a help file relating to this subject, just call the support line of your registrar. They will be able to quickly change the name server for you. The name server must be changed to:

  ns1.smallfarmcentral.com
  ns2.smallfarmcentral.com

It should be noted that if you have any emails that end like this: @yourfarmname.com (For example: info@yourfarmname.com or in our case, support@smallfarmcentral.com), they will also be rerouted to our servers. Small Farm Central will need to make sure everything is set up to handle the emails. If you do have existing email addresses, make sure we are aware of the addresses before you make the name server change. Failure to do so could result in an inability to send or receive emails.

You will only want to change your nameservers when you are ready to use Small Farm Central's website services and you have notified us of the change. We need to make some changes on this end as well. It takes 6-12 hours for the changes to take effect and then you will be live with your Small Farm Central site.

Remember: Since you already have the domain name registered with an outside registrar, you will want to keep your domain name registration valid each year. This should run you around $10/year, depending on your registrar. It's also a good idea to buy a longer subscription (5 or 10 years) next time your domain name comes up for renewal so you do not have to remember to renew every year and save a little money in the process. (An added benefit to that strategy is that Google search tends to pull up domain names that are registered for longer periods of time.) Small Farm Central will take care of all hosting, but you need to keep your registration current.

If you have any questions about changing your name server, call our Farmer Support line at: 412-567-3864, send us an email at: support@smallfarmcentral.com, or start a discussion on this support site.

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