When you want your site to become more public then it is good to change your URL from the one that you were given initially of https://croquet-websites.org.uk/<club-name> to something like https://<clubname>croquetclub.org.uk. If you already have your own “domain” typically because you already have or have had a website then you can skip the first step of getting a domain.
Getting a domain
Find a suitable name
Consider what you would like the URL of your club to look like. Domains are arranged in a tree structure. As your club is a UK organisation it is rather natural to have it sitting under org.uk. So if your club name is for example Blewbury Croquet Club then you might like to be blewburycroquetclub.org.uk . The name should be descriptive and must be unique. If somebody else has already purchased the name you want then the simplest solution is to try a different name. It is unlikely that “cyber squatters” will have bothered to purchase a croquet club name however.
If you want to make your name more readable, and as spaces are not allowed, then you can separate words with hyphens (minus signs). Avoid the use of underscores as web searches work much better with hyphens. The domain would then look like blewbury-croquet-club.org.uk. A domain name is case independent so you could advertise your club in the form BlewburyCroquetClub.org.uk however it would really still be blewburycroquetclub.org.uk.
Domain names ending in .uk are all administered by Nominet. You can go to their whois service to see what is available. In addition they administer .wales and .cymru which might be attractive for Welsh clubs.
Register the name
You don’t register the name directly with Nominet but you need to go through a registrar – and you become the registrant. We would recommend Fasthosts.
It is important to note that you don’t buy the name for ever but just register it for a period. After that period has expired somebody else might decide to purchase the name and then try to sell it to you. A registrar will generally give you an auto-renewal option which you should take advantage of to avoid the inconvenience of losing the name which people have grown to recognise. It will cost you about ten to twelve pounds a year. You may be able to get a discount for paying for a longer period.
So go to Fasthosts and create yourself an account then register a domain. Select the option to “Just register your domain” and don’t buy any web hosting. Some registrars will refer to this as a “parked domain”.
Once you have paid for your domain you must then go and set the domain nameservers correctly. You do not want to use the Fasthosts nameservers but rather to use the three Green Geeks nameservers:
To change the nameservers if you are using Fasthosts then go to the Fasthosts Dashboard (there is a “Back to Dashboard” home button at the top left). Scroll down to “Domains” and click on “View Domains”. Then click on your domain name. Ignore the message in red about SSL certificates but instead click on “Manage nameservers”. Now select “Specify name servers” and enter just the two name servers listed above. The third and subsequent nameserver names should be blank. Finally click on “Update Name Server Details”. These detailed instructions are likely to become out of date if Fasthosts changes its website.
You can go to the Nominet whois service again and enter your domain name and you should now see your domain with the name servers listed there.
If you already have a domain
If you have a domain already then all you need to do is to change the nameservers to the three Green Geeks nameservers and submit a ticket as descibed below:
Submit a ticket
If you change your nameservers to point to Green Geeks initially nothing will work. This is not a problem for a new domain but breaks things for an existing domain. So please submit a ticket giving the name of your new domain and a time will be negotiated to make the change. At the appointed time you will change the nameserver, and update the ticket. Then we will make the necessary changes to the website configuration and update the ticket again inviting you to update the reCAPTCHA configuration and offering to provide email services as described in the next two sections.
The reCAPTCHA is system was developed by Google to protect websites from “spam bots” . While your site was under the croquet-websites.org.uk domain the reCAPTCHA configuration would have worked fine as keys had been set up on the original website from which your website was cloned. Now you need to set it up for your domain. reCAPTCHA is used on the form which people use to register on your site. Google do change the interface from time to time so you might find it a little different from what has been written here – in that case please submit a ticket.
From the Dashboard go to “Settings/WP Members” and select the Captcha tab. Then in another browser tab or window go to https://g.co/recaptcha/v3
If you find these three icons at the top right. Click on the +.
Then provide a label – this can be anything you like – perhaps the name of your club. Select reCAPTCHA v2 and accept the default “I’m not a robot” and specify your domain. You may then need to click on a blue “Submit” button. To see the keys you may need to click on “reCAPTCHA keys”. Go back to the page or tab with the WordPress site, enter the site and secret keys keys and click on “Update CAPTCHA Settings.
Logout and check that the registration form has the widget shown here.
You may wish to have a few email addresses of the form secretary@<your-domain-name> or webmaster@<your-domain-name> forwarded to a personal email account. If you do then indicate, in a ticket, what email addresses you would like and to where they should be forwarded.