Have you ever wanted to start your own website? There are several steps you must first take to begin creating your website and sharing your ideas with the world, and one of the vital steps is purchasing a domain name. A domain name is the name of a website that you type in the address bar to access it. For example, the domain name of this website is http://techpopper.com. Buying a domain name is an easy process, once you know how to do it. Some people can even turn it into a business by buying and selling domain names. Here is how you would go about buying a domain name.
Choosing A Domain Name Registrar
The first step in purchasing a domain name is choosing the domain name registrar. The domain name registrar is the website that will register and sell the domain name to you. There are lots of different registrars that each offer different features and prices, such as GoDaddy, Namecheap, and 1&1. Some websites will offer bonus deals to persuade you to register your domain through them. Considering what more you want than just your domain name will help you choose what registrar is best for you.
Choosing A Domain Name
Perhaps the hardest part of purchasing your domain name, you must choose one you like. Because the internet is growing at such a rapid rate, more and more domain names are being taken and finding a decent unregistered one. Luckily, almost every big domain name registrar will let you check to see what domain names are registered or not, and when the registered ones expire. Believe it or not, it took 3 people, over 200 different ideas and 5 hours to decide on the name of this website.
What To Do After Purchasing Your Domain Name
If you have purchased your domain name from the company that provides your web hosting, they may have it already set up for you. However if you haven’t, there are some things you need to do. You should have been told by your web host what your name servers are. You need to log into your domain management area and point the domain at your hosting name servers so it can be used. Then you need to go into your web hosting control panel and add the domain to your web server.
Think of this as plugging your mouse into your computer. You can’t use your mouse without a computer, and usually you can’t use your computer without a mouse. Once you connect them, you’ll be able to use both of them like they are meant to be used. It’s the same idea with web hosting.
Have any questions? Post a comment below and I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability. I do have a question for you. If you have purchased a domain name before, what registrar did you choose, and why?