Every business needs a website. If you are thinking to create a website, at first you have to register a domain name for it.
In this article, you will learn what is domain name, how to register a domain name how to choose the best domain name possible.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is your website name. A domain name is a name like “Webcods.com” or “Google.com”. A domain name is an address where Internet users can access your website. A domain name is used for finding and identifying the computer on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of number. However, it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers. Because of this, domain names were developed and used to identify entities on the Internet rather than using IP addresses.
The domain name must be registered before you can use it. Every domain name is unique. No two websites can have the same domain name. Domain registration controlled by ICANN. If someone types in Google.com, it will go to this website and no one can register this domain again.
Choosing a Solid Domain Name
Choosing the perfect domain name is very important before buying any domain name. After all, it will be the name of your brand online. Too long domain name is very difficult to remember. Keep in mind short readable domain name is easy to remember.
The first thing to understand about the domain name is how they are organized. The internet utilizes a standard Domain Name System (DNS) that is universal around the globe. Your domain name or internet address consists of three different parts.
- Server prefix
- domain name
- domain suffix (or extension)
- country code (optional)
In the US generally, only the first three elements are generally utilized. So, if the internet address or domain name you wanted to register was www.axlcomputer.com, then the prefix would be “WWW”, the domain name would be “axlcomputer” and the suffix or extension would be “.com”. If you wanted to register your domain in the United Kingdom or another country, however, you might opt to have a country code added, so your domain name might be “axlcomputer.com.co.uk”.
While you do not have to add a country code, there are a few reasons you might want to. If you want to specifically be known as a company that does business in your country, you might want to add your country code to the end of your web address. On the other hand, if you want to be known as a global company or just simply want to keep your address shorter, you might opt to not add a country code.
Understanding the formatting of domains or internet addresses is important for when it comes time to choose one. Keep in mind that once you invest in building a website and building your business, having to change your domain name (web address) can potentially cost you a huge amount of business. That’s why you want to get it right the first time.
To start with, list a few possible domain names that suit your business or needs. Then use a domain name registrar to see if those addresses are available. There are a number of different registration sites you can use and almost all of them will start with a domain checker to see if the domain name you want is available. If it is not, then you have several options.
Let’s say you run a business called AXL Computer. You can check to see if www.axlcomputer.com is available, but there is a good chance it will not be. In some cases, individuals register certain addresses in hopes that someone will come looking for them. In that case, you may be able to buy the address or domain name for a fee. In other cases, the address is already being used by a functioning business, in which case you are going to have to choose another name.
Your next option might be to change the top level domain (TLD) or suffix. Today, there are a wide range of top-level domain or suffixes to choose from. You might opt for axlcomputer.biz, axlcomputer.net or axlcomputer.online. One thing to be careful of, however, is that .com is still the most popular suffix, so if the web address you want is already taken by a competitor, even if you choose a different top level domain, you might be sending business straight to your competitor if they have the .com registered to them.
You can also try extending your domain name to something that identifies your individual business more specifically. If, for instance, your bakery is located in BD, CO, you might try axlcomputerbd.com.
Register Your Domain Name
Once you have found a domain name that you want that is also available, the next step is to register your name. There are two ways you can do this. In most cases, you can register your domain name straight through web hosting provider site and it may even be free or included as part of your web hosting service charges.
For readers of this website, if you sign up for web hosting at Bluehost you will save up to 60%on the normal price and get a free domain name too.
In other cases, you can still register your domain name with your web hosting service, but they will charge you a fee. Generally, this fee is somewhere around $15 but you will have to renew it every year. This is something you will want to be sure and do, however, because if you do not pay each year to renew your domain registration, you could lose your domain name altogether. Generally, when you register a new domain name, you will be given the option of paying for your registration for several years.
If you already have a business and are just building a website, you may want to register it for multiple years. If, on the other hand, you are just starting a business and aren’t quite sure yet whether it is even going to take off or not, you may want to just register your domain for a year. Keep in mind, however, that if you let your registration lapse, your domain name will become available for other people to register again. If someone else purchases it and you decide to try your hand at your business again or your business suddenly and inexplicably takes off once you let your registration lapse, you may not be able to get your domain name back again or you may have to pay a hefty fee to get it back.
In some cases, you may want to register your domain name straight through a domain registrar rather than through your web hosting service, particularly as part of a package.
I highly recommend Namecheap as they provide free Whois protection for 1 year on newly registered domains.
It’s really simple to register from Namecheap.
Go to Namecheap.
Simply enter the domain name you would like in the box on the homepage. If the .com is not available you can still see the different options such as .net, .org, .info etc.
If your domain is available to register, Click on add to cart button.
Now once you are happy with the domain names you want to buy click “View Cart”
After this, you can choose how long you want to register your domain name for (Default 1 year), whether you require auto-renewal and whether you want the free 1-year WhoisGuard.
Then simply click ‘Confirm order’ and fill in your contact information and credit card or Paypal details.
After your domain name has been registered, you have to connect your domain name with your hosting server.
I hope this article helps you a lot to register your domain name. If you have any questions Please comment below.