Do you have a domain name that you no longer use? Perhaps you bought the domain for your website, but now that you’ve built out a substantial audience, you want to delete the domain and create a new one. Or perhaps you built out a full blog on a popular platform like WordPress and now you want to take the blog offline. No matter what your reason for wanting to delete a domain name, the procedure is pretty much the same.
It’s easy enough to register a new domain name and setup your web hosting with WordPress or any other content-heavy platform. However, this process can be time-consuming and frustrating if you’ve already built out a presence on the Internet with a previous domain name. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to delete a domain in ClickFunnels and re-register the domain with your chosen hosting service.
Before you begin the process of deleting a domain, you first need to identify which domain you’d like to delete. One of the most popular tools for this purpose is the WhoIs domain lookup tool. To use this tool, all you need to do is enter the domain you wish to delete in the tool and click the Lookup button.
If you own a.com or a.net domain, the WhoIs tool will display the contact information for the domain registrar. From here, you can either enter the contact information and submit the form or copy and paste the contact information into your phone’s address book and save for later.
Step One: Contact Your Domain Registrar
The first step in deleting a domain is to contact your domain registrar and ask them to terminate the registry for your domain. This can be a lengthy and cumbersome process, so be sure to prepare for it by following the steps below.
You can either contact the domain registrar directly or click the Connected Domains tab on the My Account page and fill out the contact form. They will then connect you with the appropriate department.
Step Two: Ask For More Time
The next step is to ask for more time. In most cases, domain registrars will give you a grace period of five to ten days to complete the process. During this time, your website will continue to function normally but will be completely inaccessible to anyone except for bots and spammers.
If you’re deleting a.com domain, then you don’t need to do this step as you’ll be able to register a new domain within ten days of requesting the deadline extension. If you’re deleting a.net domain, then you’ll need to wait for the domain to be terminated by the registry before you can register a new one.
Step Three: Contact Your Web Host
Once you’ve finished requesting an extension from your domain registrar, it’s time to contact your web host and give them notice of your upcoming domain deletion. Just like with your domain registrar, your web host will give you a grace period to remove the domain before they cancel your account. After the grace period, you’ll be unable to login to your account and access your site.
If you’re using WordPress as your content management system, then your web host will have a built-in method for contacting them via email. Just visit your website’s email address in your inbox and you’ll see an email from WordPress with the subject line: “Hello World!”.
You can use this email to notify your web host that you’re deleting the domain. Alternatively, you can use your own email provider and contact your host directly by sending them an email from your own inbox.
Step Four: Wait For The Email
After you’ve notified your web host of the impending domain deletion, it’s time to wait for them to respond. Just like with your domain registrar, you’ll need to wait for them to approve or deny your request to delete the domain. In most cases, this will only take a few hours, but it can take longer if there’s a lot of back and forth with the domain registrar.
Step Five: Cancel The Domain’s Registration
Once your web host has approved your request to delete the domain, it’s time to cancel its registration. As we mentioned earlier, this can be a lengthy and cumbersome process, so be sure to follow the steps below carefully.
To cancel the registration of your domain, simply visit its webpage (http://www.example.com) and look for the link to the domain registry (typically located in the top right corner of the page). If there isn’t a link to the domain registry, then the registration has already been canceled by the domain’s owner and you don’t need to do anything further. If the link does exist but you’re unable to access it, then it means that the registration is currently active and you’ll need to follow the steps below to cancel it.
Step One: Log In To Your Domain’s Admin Area
The first step in canceling the domain registration is to log in to your domain’s administrative area. Just visit your domain’s webpage and click the logo next to your username in the top left corner of the screen. You’ll then be directed to the domain’s administration area where you can view all the necessary information about your domain.
This is where you’ll cancel the registration. To do this, click the Admin Area button in the top right corner of the page. You’ll then be directed to the domain’s administration area where you can cancel its registration.
Step Two: Find The Domain’s Name Servers
After you’ve canceled the domain registration, it’s time to find its name servers. Just visit your domain’s webpage and look for the paragraph containing the name servers. In most cases, this information is listed under the subheading “Name servers”.
The name servers for the domain you’re deleting will be the third and fourth items listed under the name server section of the page. To make it easy to find, simply search for the domain name followed by the two colon characters (:) and the name servers will appear on the list.
Step Three: Enter The Name Servers Into Your Phone’s Address Book
Now that you know the name servers for your domain, it’s time to enter them into your phone’s address book. One tool we commonly use for this purpose is the Google Search app. Just open it and click the menu button located at the bottom of the screen. From here you can simply search for the name of the domain followed by the two colon characters (:) and a space. This will then pull up a list of all the name servers for the domain. Simply click on the name server you want to add and the entry will then be copied to your phone’s address book.
Step Four: Backup The Domain’s Files
The final step in deleting a domain is to make sure that you’ve backed up all its files. Just visit your domain’s webpage and click the Settings button located at the top right corner of the page. From here, you can find a link to a backup file created a few days earlier. Simply click on it and it’ll download a copy of all your domain’s files to your phone or computer’s desktop.
This is important because if anything goes wrong during the process of deleting the domain, then you can restore all its files from this backup. It’s also a good idea to create regular backups of your domain’s files so you can restore them if needed.
Deleting a domain is a lengthy and tedious process, but it’s a necessary one. Just remember to be patient and don’t rush the process. Doing so can result in problems down the line.