If an individual is planning to build a website for their business, they should seriously consider buying a domain name first. A domain name refers to an online name of a website, and is what people would type in the address bar of their browsers to reach a web page. Some examples of a domain name are “www.yourcompany.com” or “www.mybusiness.com.” A person does not need to have a registered company or organization to buy a domain name. They can buy whatever domain name they like, provided it is available.
Domain names can end in a number of extensions, such as .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, and .tv. Of these, the most popular domain name extension is the .com extension. People can also choose to have a domain name extension that reflects the country of origin of their business. Some examples are .us for the United States, .uk for the United Kingdom and .fr for France.
Where to Register A Domain Name?
Registration of a domain name is very simple. This does not require visiting any office in or filling a form.
It can be done just like any other online purchase. Just visit the website of an online domain registrar and check if the required name is available. If it is, the user can immediately add it to their shopping cart and buy it. After making the payment, the domain name will become theirs.
Some of the most popular domain name registrars are Ixwebhosting.com, GoDaddy.com, Enom.com and Network Solutions.com. Each registrar may have a different registration process, which one would have to find out by reading the instructions on their website. However, some steps are common to all.
How To Register A Domain Name
Name Searching: Enter the name of the domain you wish to buy in the search form displayed on the registrar’s website. If it is available, you can proceed to buy it. If it is not, it means that the name has been registered by someone else. Try different variations of the name, until a suitable one is found available.
Registering the Name: The buyer will be asked to submit information about their name, address and contact number. This information will be used to create an account with the domain registrar. It is also required as a record by ICANN, the registration authority.
Checkout: After registering one’s personal information, the user will be taken to a checkout page, where they can add other services like web hosting and security, before making a payment. Domain registrars offer a variety of payment methods, such as Credit Cards, Debit Cards and PayPal. Buyers are also charged a small ICANN fee for registering their domain.
Once a person registers a domain name, no one else can get the same name for as long as it is paid for. For example, if an individual purchases a domain for two years, it is theirs during this period. Before this period is up, the user will have to renew their domain name, or someone else may snap it up.