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Build a website

Creating a website is the most obvious use for your domain name.

Many registrars offer hosting and content management system (CMS) services bundled in with a domain name purchase – your registrar would be a great place to look to get started. However, you are not limited to host your website with your registrar. Determine your needs, shop around, and find a hosting company that works for you. 

Once you have a hosting provider, you can start building your website, or hire someone to do it for you. There are many do-it-yourself website platforms on the market that are affordable and easy to work with, making it possible for anyone with some basic web skills to learn how to design their own website. However, there are several important considerations for designing your own pages, such as publishing content that is accessible and optimized for mobile devices and organic search engine results. Consider the objectives you are trying to achieve with your website, such as how many visitors you are expecting and what you want them to do, and choose the option that will best help you achieve your goals.

You might not have the resources or time to launch a website. If you’re not quite ready, there are several alternatives that you can do to still make use of your domain name, such as creating a customize email address, or forwarding your domain to another site like an online store or social media profile.

Become a CIRA Member

Applying for membership is free and open to any .CA holder.

Your .CA makes you part of Canada’s internet community of people who, like you, have an interest in building a better online Canada. A CIRA membership offers you a voice in the development of the internet in Canada and an impact on the everyday lives of Canadians. 

As a CIRA Member, you can participate in local networking events, influence the direction of CIRA, voice your opinion, and stay up to date on industry issues that affect Canadians every day.

Don't let your domain name expire

Domain names are registered on an annual basis. 

When you first register your domain name, you can register it from one year to ten years. Registering your domain name for more than one year is a recommended practice to ensure that your domain name doesn’t expire and that you don’t have to remember to renew it on an annual basis. 

Do you know when your domain name will expire? And what happens if it does? Learn more about the life cycle of a .CA domain name to get a better understanding of the process and ensure your domain doesn’t expire.

Protect your .CA domain name

Your .CA domain name should be protected like any other asset. 

CIRA has developed several security products and initiatives to help .CA holders secure their part of the web. These include:

  • Completion of .CA holder contact information: CIRA verifies each .CA holder’s information to safeguard their domain name and protect the .CA registry. It’s important that you keep this information up-to-date through your registrar.
  • .CA Registry Lock is a service that implements locks on your domain name that only CIRA can remove, protecting you from domain name hijacking. This means that no changes to your domain name will be possible unless we receive an authenticated request from your registrar.
  • DNSSEC: A set of extensions used to add an additional layer of security to the Domain Name System.

Transfer your domain

You can transfer your domain name to a different registrar.

If you find a registrar is not meeting your needs or if you would like to manage all of your domain names through one registrar, you can transfer your .CA domain name to another registrar. Keep in mind that there is a fee associated with transferring a domain and that transfers are not possible within the first 60 days of a newly registered domain name.

To transfer a domain name, you will need the authorization code assigned to your domain name. You can either contact your current registrar to request this information, or some registrars have a tool available to get the code. Registrars must provide the code within five calendar days of your request. Should you not receive the code within this time frame, you can escalate requests through CIRA by emailing [email protected].

Once you receive your authorization code, contact your new registrar and process the transfer with them. Although there is a fee to transfer a domain name, the registration period is automatically extended by one year.

Individual registrars will be able to provide more information on the transfer process. Contact your current registrar’s customer service department.

Read CIRA's blog

Read our blog to stay up-to-date on CIRA product news, learn more about the state of the Internet in Canada, and gather insight on cybersecurity and how to make the most out of your .CA domain name.