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. 4 years ago I didn’t know anything about domains and how to buy them. I was 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.
What is the best 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), 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.
I know, I know, choosing a domain name is pretty exciting thing to do. 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 catchy, memorable 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 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.
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).
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 Web Hosting Hub.
To make things clear for people who are just starting their first blog or website, I’ve made a step-by-step tutorial for that. In this tutorial we are going to use GoDaddy domain registrar (in case you want to buy domain and hosting separately)
1. Head to GoDaddy homepage
(You can enlarge the images by clicking on them)
2. Type in the desired domain name and check if it’s available
3. Pick a plan for your domain
Here are different options to choose from. If you’re only interested in buying a domain name, just click Continue. In that case you already need to have a hosting provider or a friend who is willing to host your blog or website. I personally bought the domain to keep it for my personal brand. I know there are several guys with the same name and I would like to own the domain with my first and last name.
4. Confirm your order
Press Checkout from the right to go on with the buying process
5. Log in to your account or create a new one
6. Fill in the details when you don’t have a GoDaddy account
Make sure you write down the correct information that your account details and the credit card details (name, country, address) match, otherwise you can not buy the domain or the process takes much longer as the bank or GoDaddy may contact you.
7.Fill in the payment details (Credit card number)
8. Confirm your order and your done
Now you’ve got a domain but when you want to publish it online, you still need hosting. When you already have a hosting then you need to set up your nameservers. If you don’t have one, go to the homepage and see how to buy a hosting service from WebHostingHub.
9. Direct name servers
Select the domain and pick Nameservers from the top menu.
Few last words…
- If you don’t want to buy domain name and hosting separately, you can check the tutorial from the homepage.
- Depending on your hosting company, you’ll have to enter the Nameserver 1 & 2. It might take some time till it goes live.
- 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.
- 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