How to Register a Domain Name

Registering a domain name is the first thing you do when starting an online business. A domain name will give your website an Internet address. It is basically the name for your website and it is what people will use to search for your website.

A strong domain name can be the key to your Internet presence so you need to choose your domain name very carefully. How to choose a domain name?

Once you have decided on a domain name for your website, you need to register your domain name with an accredited registrar (like GoDaddy, NameCheap).

Some web host (like DreamHost, BlueHost, Hostgator) also offer a free domain name if you are hosting with them.

Most people prefer to use different providers for Web hosting and domain name registration services as their have been stories of Web Hosting providers registering domains in their own name. You might also have problems moving from your current host to a new web host.

To have full control of your domain name you should register your domain name separately.

How To Register A Domain Name

1. Go to a name registrar such as GoDaddy.

2. Enter the domain name you want to buy in the domain name search box.

Enter Your Domain Name

3. If the name is available, GoDaddy will ask you to buy the other available extensions for your domain name.

Domain Name is available

If you have registered the .com version of your domain name, then you should consider registering other alternatives (.org, .net, .biz,) also because if someone else registers and uses one of your domain names then it will negatively affect your online business.

4. Review your order

Review Your Order

Select Term – You can register the domain name for one year to up to five years.

Private or Public -If you do not want your contact information listed for your domain name must be made public then select Private. You will be charged for this service.

5. When you have finished making changes, click the “Continue to Checkout” button on the right. If you already have a GoDaddy account you can login. Otherwise, you will have to create a new account.

6. Select Your Payment Method (Credit / Debit Prepaid Cards, ATM / Maestro Debit Cards, Net Banking, Cash Cards, Mobile Payments). Enter all your personal information and payment details.

7. When all your information has been entered, Check the acceptance of terms box and click on the “Place Order Now” button.

Now you have registered a domain name but you still do not have a website. You need to have a Web Host (DreamHost, BlueHost, Hostgator) to start your website.

If you already have a web host, obtain the name of their primary and secondary nameservers, to point your domain name to your web host.

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