Do you want to get a domain name for your online business? Do you want to know how you can secure the domain name in a hassle-free way? Read this post to get detailed information.
As a newcomer to the world of online business, I want you to first understand a simple formula that every single website on the Internet has to follow. This formula outlines the absolute basic requirements for a functional website, whether that be a blog, a company website, or an eCommerce store. What’s that special formula you ask?
It’s as simple as this: Formula illustration: Domain Name + Hosting Server + Website Files=Working Website! In this first chapter, we will be tackling the very first part of that formula: registering a domain name.
Registering a Domain Name
Getting a domain name is the easiest (and cheapest) part of our formula. But what exactly is a domain name? Pretty simple really. Just think of a domain name as your website’s unique name or ID. For example, when you open up a browser and type www.shineedutech.com in your browser’s address bar, you’ll be taken to the Shine Edutech official website. In other words, you can go straight to a website once you know
In other words, you can go straight to a website once you know it’s domain name. No need to type in the website you want to visit in Google first to try and find it. I know for some of you this is pretty basic stuff, but I know a lot of less tech-savvy business owners that first go to Google and then look up websites that way, simply because that’s the way they’ve always done things. I know both ways work, but I’d rather you learn the correct way of doing things from this point on.
One of the great things about the “web economy” is that domain names are dirt cheap nowadays. You can snag a domain name from any domain registrar (companies that manage domain purchases) for about $10 – $15 for 1 year.
My favorite domain registrar is godaddy.com. Their domain purchasing process is quick and painless and they have a great user interface that allows for quick changes to any of your domains. In the steps below, we’ll be covering how to register your first domain with godaddy.com. However, if you choose another company, that’s perfectly OK.
Type in www.godaddy.com in your browser’s address bar.
Type in your desired domain name in the domain name search box as shown below. Try to keep your domain short and sweet and always get the .com or .net domain types if available. These are more common for businesses and easier for people to remember your website.
Unfortunately, as the web keeps expanding, it’s getting harder and harder to find short memorable .com domain names. Most registrar companies are now offering .co domains in order to fill customer demand. I’m not a huge fan of this domain types, but they are better than other alternatives like .info or .me in my opinion. Whether we like it or not, we’ll have to get used to seeing a lot more .co domain names around the web in the near future.
Also, don’t go for the .org type. Those are usually best suited for churches and non-profits in my experience. However, selecting and getting a right domain name is the most primary criteria of having a website. So, do it carefully.