A website is the key to doing business around the world. But without a memorable web address - a.k.a. domain name - customers may have a hard time finding you or remembering how to get back to your site.
Finding the right name is as easy as doing a domain check at Metropolitan. Just enter the domain you want in the box at the top of this page and we'll let you know if it's available to be registered.
But Metropolitan isn't just about domain names. We've got everything you need to get online. From building your website to attracting new customers to securing their data when they make a purchase, Metropolitan has you covered.
Your domain name is arguably the most important part of your online presence and it all starts with a domain name search.
Within seconds we'll tell you not only if that name's available, but suggest others you might not have thought of - from standards like .com and .net to new domains like .club, .guru and many others.
After seeing how easy it is to use our domain names search, you'll want a payment process that's just as simple. We accept all major credit cards, including VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, as well as debit cards, PayPal® and payment by check. Or you can use GoodAsGold, a payment system that allows you to fund your Metropolitan account via wire transfer or by mailing a check or money order. And if you're more of a phone person, feel free to call our customer care consultants at (480) 624-2500.
Our award-winning customer care consultants are available via phone, email and the web 24/7/365. They're trained to help with whatever you need, from choosing the right domain name to any technical issues you may have. Whether you're just getting started or are already a pro, we've got answers.
By creating a website, you are creating an online presence. This allows you to connect with people that you might not otherwise be able to reach. Whether you’re making a basic website with contact information for your medical practice, creating a landing page for your freelance work, a multi-page experience for your wedding photography business or you just want a place to blog about your thoughts on food – having a website will give you a dynamic advantage.
With GoCentral Website Builder you can have a site and an online store; you don’t have to choose between the two. You get to build your website based on type of site you want to create. There are over 16,000 theme templates that can be custom-fit to the type of website you want to have, and you can change its look at any time – without losing any of your site’s content. Most themes include professional and royalty-free images and text, so if you need to get your website published quickly, you can. You don’t need to know how to code – this could even be your first time working with a domain – but setting up your new site requires only a few steps. GoCentral Website Builder is designed to generate style choices that you can quickly review and chose without diving into your site’s settings. This will give your visitor an enjoyable experience that feels natural from either a desktop or mobile device.
You can sell products and services on your website if you have the Online Store plan. You’ll have an online store that will allow you to add products and services, set up different types of payment methods, and even specific types of shipping. Your store will be integrated into your website as a page. You can add featured products for your visitors to scroll through, make quick purchases using PayPal and Apple Pay and promote your store/products through coupons. You can also use the same type of email marketing that is included in the Business Plus plan to send email communications to your subscribers and customers about sales in your store, coupon offers and events. Establishing a strong online commerce can boost your current sales, especially if you have a brick-and-mortar store.
WordPress® is a blog- and Web-publishing platform that's not only easy to use, but recognized the world over as a standard in website creation. With its focus on aesthetics, Web standards and usability, WordPress is an open-source platform that lets you manage everything from a small personal blog to a large commercial site with hundreds of pages. Hundreds of thousands of sites trust their online presence to WordPress – and with Managed WordPress Hosting from Metropolitan Host, you can too.
Built on our state-of-the-art Web hosting, Managed WordPress Hosting from Metropolitan Host is the perfect solution for anyone who wants the power and simplicity of WordPress without the hassle of constant updates and technical adjustments.
More than just a simple install, WordPress is seamlessly integrated to your hosting so the moment you log in, you’re able to build, edit and manage your site. We’ve also modified our servers specifically for WordPress, giving you a level of speed and security you can’t get from a standard Web hosting plan.
And of course, our award-winning support is available 24x7 to help with any questions you may have. In short, there’s no easier way to build and manage a fast, secure, reliable WordPress website or blog.
It doesn't. We start you out with the latest version of WordPress, the same one you’d download from WordPress.org. And anytime there’s an update, we install it for you automatically. You never have to hassle with installing another update or worry about running an outdated or compromised version of WordPress.
No. With Managed WordPress Hosting, we take care of everything so the process is as easy as possible for you. Once you’ve purchased your plan, you can immediately create your website or start blogging.
Yes. You can migrate your site over to Metropolitan Host Managed WordPress in just one click. Either move it to your domain name or put it on a temporary domain, then just do a quick review and you’re ready to publish.
Not sure how to create a blog or get started building your site using WordPress? Don’t worry!
Your hosting plan is seamlessly connected to the latest version of WordPress, so all you need to do is log in and you can start building a site directly from your control panel. Not sure how to log in? Check “How can I access my WordPress control panel?” below.
And if you ever have questions, don't hesitate to contact our award-winning 24x7 support team. Our in-house WordPress experts can guide you through creating, updating or even promoting your website or blog.
There are several ways to log in to your WordPress website or blog.
Yes. Every dedicated server hosting plan comes with Web Host Manager (WHM), which gives you complete control over creating and customizing your account, as well as managing all aspects of your server.
Yes. If you currently have a VPS hosting account with us, you can upgrade to our dedicated hosting at any time by ordering a new server. For fully managed customers, we will migrate your data from your current account to your new server.
We want you up and running as soon as possible. Our standard dedicated hosting server configurations can be set up in minutes. However, some server add-ons and custom configurations may require longer setup times.
Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a means for storing data on multiple hard disks, then linking the disks so that the operating system on your server views them as a single entity. We offer RAID-1 with our Windows dedicated server hosting.
This RAID method of data storage is known as mirroring. Data is written to at least two disks, which offers a high degree of data security, but incurs a slight performance decrease due to capturing data on two disks.
Our Metropolitan Host team is on-site and available 24/7/365 to ensure our servers – and your sites – are running at peak performance.
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It might sound complex, but it's really not. SSL Certificates validate your website's identity, and encrypt the information visitors send to, or receive from, your site. This keeps thieves from spying on any exchange between you and your shoppers.
When you have an SSL Certificate protecting your website, your customers can rest assured that the information they enter on any secured page is private and can't be viewed by cyber crooks. Metropolitan Host makes it easy to install your certificate and secure your server
Metropolitan Host SSL Certificates inspire trust and show visitors that you value their privacy. An SSL Cert protects your customers' sensitive information such as their name, address, password, or credit card number by encrypting the data during transmission from their computer to your web server. SSL is the standard for web security, and a Server Certificate is required by most merchant account services – you'll need one if you plan to accept credit cards on your website.
How you build your website is entirely up to you. In fact, most basic secure websites can be hand-coded using HTML.
When a visitor enters an SSL-protected page on your website, their browser bar displays a padlock icon and the https:// prefix in the URL address. While most Internet users know to look for those SSL indicators, you can also add a site seal to your website to show visitors your site is verified and secured. Visitors can click the seal to view your certificate's status and details, seeing for themselves that it's safe to send sensitive information to your website. Websites protected by Metropolitan Host's Premium EV SSL display a green browser bar as well, giving users the green light.
All SSL-protected sites display the https:// prefix in the URL address bar. Sites protected with a Premium EV SSL Certificate display a green browser bar to quickly assure visitors that the organization's legal and physical existence was verified according to strict industry standards.
Metropolitan host’s Premium EV SSL Certificate involves the most extensive vetting process. We verify the control of the domain and legitimacy of your company by validating the legal name, address, phone number and other business information. The process takes about 30 days, but we've got you covered during that time. EV SSL Certs come with a free Standard SSL to use during the vetting process, so you can keep your transactions secure while you wait.
Standard SSLs (DV) usually take 5 minutes or less. Deluxe SSLs (OV) take 3-5 business days, as we’re validating not just domain ownership but also the existence of the organization or business on the SSL application. In both cases, you can shorten your wait by making sure the domain contact information listed in the WhoIs is up-to-date.
For Premium (EV) certificates, there is an extensive vetting process that starts with an in-depth application. Before you start, pull together details about your business, such as registration number, incorporation or registration agent and any relevant jurisdiction information.
A Wildcard SSL Cert protects your primary domain, and an unlimited number of its subdomains. For example, a single Wildcard Certificate can secure both www.coolexample.com and blog.coolexample.com.
Wildcard Certificates secure the common name and all subdomains at the level you specify when you submit your SSL request.
Depending on how your website is configured, you might want to use something other than a single-domain SSL certificate.
With increasingly active content on the internet, end users require a method of verifying the legitimacy of downloadable web content.
Code signing is a digital signature placed on software and other executable files and scripts. Code signatures prove the identity of software authors and validates that the software hasn't been tampered with since its original distribution.
Code signs don't alter the software – it's just an added layer of assurance for your end users.
When software is purchased from a store, it's easy to tell who published the software – and if the package was tampered with. Unfortunately, these factors aren't as obvious when software is purchased online. As a result, end users take on a certain amount of risk when downloading Java applets, plugins, Microsoft® ActiveX® controls, and other executables over the Internet.
Code Signing Certificates help inspire the same level of trust in your software that customers would have if they purchased your software in a store.
Improve your software security with a digital signature. Inspire user confidence by authenticating the source and integrity of your code with a Metropolitan Host Code Signing Certificate.
Online security vigilance is at an all-time high. Most Web users won't download software unless you can prove it's legitimate. Code Signing Certificates inspire confidence and give you the proof you need to validate your code.
Software developers can use Code Signing Certificates to provide extra assurance to their customers about who produced the content and that it's not tampered with. Signed code also prevents unidentified third parties from altering the code before it's distributed.
Content publishers can digitally sign software components, macros, firmware images, virus updates, configuration files or other types of content for secure delivery over the Internet or other mechanisms.
Code signing is particularly important when the source of a given piece of code might not be obvious – for example Active X controls, Java applets, and other active web scripting codes.
Most web users understand the potential risks involved with downloading content from the internet. It's important your end users can trust the code you publish on the internet. Code Signing Certificates help confirm software security and assurance with your customers.
Newer operating systems and internet browsers are often set to higher online security levels, which often require signed content. For example, Internet Explorer® uses Authenticode® technology to identify the publisher of signed software and verify that it hasn't been tampered with.
When a code signed file is downloaded from a website, the certificate is extracted from the file. The browser cross-checks this information with an internal list of certificate authorities, and then verifies the signature in the certificate.
If the signed software is tampered with in any way, the digital signature breaks and alerts customers that the code has been altered and is not trustworthy.
When someone attempts to download or run unsigned code, their browser attempts to validate the security of the downloaded content. A security warning pops up or the Web page content fails to load, depending on the browser security settings. These warnings create suspicion and confusion for the user.
Digitally signing code prevents unnecessary warning dialogues when end users attempt to run the signed application or executable file.
After you purchase a Code Signing Certificate, you need to provide a certificate signing request (CSR) from the computer that is signing the code. Depending on the use of the certificate, you can create the CSR automatically, or you can use a tool like OpenSSL to generate the CSR.
After you submit your request, we verify the company information you supplied. The Registration Authority (RA) might contact you to provide additional information, if required. You can monitor the validation process through your account.
Once the Code Signing Certificate is issued, we'll send you an email with a link to download and install the certificate file and any associated intermediate certificates.
You can even time-stamp your signature block using Authenticode to show the validity of your certificate at the time the code was signed.
Search Engine Visibility is a do-it-yourself tool that improves your website’s Search Engine Optimization (SEO). It helps you raise your website’s rank on search engines, drive more traffic to your site, and improve your website’s visibility on the world’s top search engines like Google®, Bing® and Yahoo®.
You don’t need to be an expert to get started using Search Engine Visibility’s SEO services. If you can point, click and type, you can get great results in a snap. In fact, even search engine gurus appreciate the easy-to-use interface that generates personalized keywords for all business types. Use Search Engine Visibility today to make sure your website has its SEO basics covered.
Sure, there are plenty of SEO tools and online advertising companies out there—but as the world’s number one domain registrar, we know the Web inside and out. We’re passionate about this stuff, so we designed our SEO services to be as powerful as they are easy to use and cost effective. Got questions? Our award-winning, 24/7 support team is just a phone call away.
Absolutely! We monitor your search rank, so you always know where you stand on the world’s top search engines. You can track the search ranking for your website within the Search Engine Visibility dashboard
Promotional emails are one of the most economical ways for any business to connect with customers. Research shows a message is five times more likely to be seen through email than on social media like Facebook or Twitter. That’s why musicians use email marketing software to share their performance schedule with their fans, non-profits use it to get donations and photographers use it to promote their portrait services. It just works.
HTML email refers to the programming code behind those bold, colorful emails you see in your inbox. For obvious reasons, HTML emails are far more effective than plain text emails. But don’t worry – you don’t need to know a thing about coding to use our email campaign software. You just need to know how to click and drag. The magic’s on us.
We have a support team ready to help, 24/7. Got a question at 1 a.m.? No worries – we’ll be here. Call (480) 624-2500 anytime.
Email Marketing provides great statistics to show you how many people are opening, engaging with and sharing your email. There’s no mystery or guesswork. You can even compare different emails side-by-side to quickly see which emails get the best response. Once you know what appeals to your readers, you can refine your emails for even better results.
The ability to create clean, professional emails that look great – especially on mobile devices.
Excellent deliverability so your emails don't end up in the spam folder. This basically comes down to your provider’s relationships with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the quality of their authentication tools.
Easy-to-understand statistics so you know how your emails are being received – how many are being opened, clicked on, what clients like to read.
A computer, an Internet connection and any of these web browsers:
There’s nothing to download or install ever.
No. Our email marketing service keeps all the clutter and technical stuff out of your way. From the drag-and-drop email composer to managing your contact lists, everything is easy to figure out. Even folks with the most basic computer knowledge can make email marketing masterpieces.
No problem. We’ll show you how to add one of our sign up forms to your website, Facebook page or at live events to start collecting email addresses. You can also import your contacts from Outlook or Gmail straight into our email marketing software. Every email you send includes an unsubscribe link, which keeps you from landing on spam blacklists.
Once you purchase an Email Marketing plan, simply increase the number of contacts you need from inside your account. It’s inexpensive and there’s no need to upgrade your plan.