Buying a Domain Name

I’m going to keep this one pretty short and sweet because its not very difficult.  Essentially the way it works is that you have to find a registrar through who you can register a domain (web address).  These are companies that keep track of all of the available web domains and can sell you any ones that are not in use.  Examples are GoDaddy.com, Register.com, NetworkSolutions.com, etc.

First, you need to pick a domain name.  This is going to be something like http://www.samgavishughson.com.  You will have to check to see what is available.  Sedo.com is a pretty good place to check, or you can search directly on a registrar’s page.  I also like domai.nr which will give you some alternative suggestions if you type in your desired name.  Some points on naming (these don’t really apply to blogs, more so to businesses):

  • .com is ideal because its easiest for people to remember, but its not the end of the world if you can’t get it
  • try and make your domain easy to spell
  • avoid numbers

Once you’ve chosen a name, you have to actually register.  If you Google ‘register domains’, you’ll find plenty of good registrars, and if you don’t have ads blocked in your browser, you can sometimes get really good deals (I registered one on Register.com for $0.50, hence the title).  I personally have used both Register.com and GoDaddy.com, both of which were fine.  Then you just have to type in your desired domain and go through registration.

WARNING: When you register, they will try to get you to pay for things like hosting and web design, which I would strongly recommend against.  The only thing that may be worth extra money is WHOIS privacy, which prevents your personal information from showing up in a public database of registrants.  This is usually around $10.00 per year.  It isn’t necessary, though and I personally have never bothered, but I see the benefit.

Now you’re done!

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