One of the first and most important steps when building a website is to register a domain name. For those who have never done it before, don’t worry. Registering a domain name is a simple process that can be completed in just a few easy steps.
Before you start the registration process, you need to decide on a domain name. As you may know by now, most of the great domain names are already taken. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good domain name for your website. Utilize some of the basic principles for choosing a domain. Make it memorable and easy to spell. The shorter, the better. Stick with .com domains. Stay away from trademarked terms. And remember, pick a name that you really like because it will be difficult to change it down the road.
After you have selected a domain name, the next step will be to choose a domain registrar where you will register your domain. There are several domain registration services to choose from. You will find that some offer lower prices than others. And, most will provide additional services like web hosting and email. Many of the registrars will give you a discount if you are buying a domain and hosting together. Most importantly, select a registrar that is ICANN accredited. To learn more about the domain registrars, read reviews online to see what others have to say about their experiences.
Once you have settled on a domain name and registrar, it is time to register your domain. The first thing you will do is enter your domain at the registrar to make sure that it is available. You will then set up an account at the registrar where you will enter in your contact information including: your name, address, telephone number, and email address.
It is important to enter your contact information correctly. ICANN, the governing body for domains, requires that you have valid contact information. If you enter incorrect or false contact details, it is possible for your domain to be canceled. This information will also be used by the Whois database and will show up if someone does a Whois search on your domain. Although, it is possible to purchase privacy protection when you register a domain so that your information will not be displayed.
The next step is to decide what, if any, additional services you would like to purchase along with the domain. You can choose to buy hosting, privacy protection, email, and more. If you are buying a domain name for your business, you might also want to consider purchasing other extensions like .net and .org in order to protect your brand. You will also have the option to buy up to ten years of registration for your domain. Check online for coupon codes to help lower the domain registration costs.
It’s finally time to make your payment. Most of the large registrars offer a variety of payment methods. In addition to paying with a credit or debit card, some domain registration services allow you to pay with an online check or with Paypal.