You are probably reading this post because you are interested in buying a domain name and starting your own blog or a website.
Believe me, I have been there. Four years ago I didn’t know anything about domains and how to buy them. I was pretty much confused to say the least. Unfortunately the process of buying a domain name is still quite complex and unintelligible. There are dozens of different websites and hosting providers who promote “cheap domain registration” or even “free domains”.
Things you should know about buying a domain name
Before you go and grab a domain name for your blog or website, I want you to keep reading…
First of all, domain names are quite cheap ($5 to $15 per year), but they are sort of long-term. If you buy a domain, you will most likely use it at least a year or more. Well, every domain expires in a year which means you’ll need to renew it after every 12 months. If you don’t want the domain you’ve already bought, you can simply leave it and stop paying for it. In that way it expires and soon will be deleted.
What is the BEST domain name?
I know, I know, choosing a domain name is pretty exciting thing to do. I absolutely love it. However, we have to admit that it’s 2015 and the best possible domain names are (probably) already taken. For example, there are currently more than 150,000,000 active domain names. And oh, here’s something interesting for you to read: Most expensive domain names ever sold.
Before you go and grab a domain, do some brainstorming in order to come up with something:
- …and unique
It’s pretty common that many first-time bloggers go and buy a domain name which they quickly abandon. Usually the name wasn’t good enough, bloggers got some bad feedback or the author didn’t like it after all.
Keep in mind that your blog’s (or website’s) address will be the online business card and identity. Many people don’t follow these simple principles and that may become an obstacle in the future. When we look at popular and successful blogs, most of them have easy and simple domain names, just like TechCrunch, SmartPassiveIncome or WarriorForum.
And oh, one more thing. While I suggest you stick with .com extension, you can always go and buy .info, .org, .net, .us as well.
Where to buy a domain name?
As I mentioned earlier, there are literally tons of places where you can buy yourself a domain.
… but there’s one thing you need to keep in mind. When you buy a domain, you will need hosting as well. Without hosting you are unable to create a blog on your domain.
I have managed to the cut the “crap” and found some really good domain registrars that don’t scam and steal your money. In addition, all of them have very good customer support (in case you’ll need it).
- HostGator – $5 per domain, but you are able to get hosting from them as well.
- GoDaddy – $5 to $15 per domain
- Namecheap – $10 per domain, but you’ll get a privacy protection for free (1 year only)
So don’t wait, go and get the domain name before someone else takes it.
P.S: If you follow the tutorial on the homepage, you don’t need to buy domain and host separately. You can get both (domain & hosting) from HostGator. I’ve made a step by step tutorial for it.
To make things simple for people who are just starting their first blog or website, I’ll show you how to grab a domain name. In this tutorial we are going to use HostGator as our domain registrar. Why? They provide a domain for only $5 to anyone who signs up with their hosting – sweet deal!
1. Head over to HostGator homepage
(Follow those images below)
Click on “Start Your Site Now”.
2. Type in the desired domain name and check if it’s available
In this case, I’m using www.YourNewBlog.com as an example. Choose “Register a new domain”. If you already have a domain and you plan to use hosting for hosting only, then tick the second option.
3. Pick a plan for your domain
First you’ll need to fill in your personal details. This is only for privacy reasons so the transaction can go smoothly between Hostgator and you (registrar).
Website essentials are optional and not needed. However, it’s wise to choose “Automated backups” in case you mess something up (this can happen if you are a beginner).
The total price for blog domain & hosting will vary from $35 to $45. In my opinion, it’s a bargain compared with other web hosting companies.
Now you are done :). As you can see, it was easier than you might have thought. If you wish to see more in-depth tutorial for setting up a blog on your domain name, go check my tutorial here: http://startbloggingonline.com (homepage).
Few last words…
- If you don’t want to buy domain name and hosting together, you can buy the domain from GoDaddy.
- Buying a domain to start a blog is easy when you know the whole process, but it may seem difficult when doing it for the first time. That’s the main reason I made this step by step guide.
- If you experience any problems during the domain buying process, contact the support and they’ll solve it. The average response time is mostly less than few minutes.
Furthermore, if you need any help setting up your domain or blog, shoot me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m more than happy to help you out!