This post will show you how to register a domain name. It also contain tips to help you pick a suitable one.
When you want to start a blog, one of the most important things is getting a domain name. It is the address of your blog. It can be likened to a physical address because it tells people precisely where to go.
Your domain name guides people to your blog; it ensures they get to the right place.
There are a lot of reasons you might want a domain name. It could be for your business website, to reserve your name before someone else does, to start blogging on the side, for your portfolio website, the list is endless.
Want to start a blog or website? I wrote a comprehensive guide to guide you through.
So how do you register a domain name?
It’s easy. Just follow the steps highlighted in the post.
How to Register A Domain Name
The process is simple and straightforward.
- Log on to a registrar website
- Check the availability of the name
- If it’s available, you register it and pay
- The registrar confirms your order and sends a confirmation email
- If the name is not available, you search for a variant or check for another extension
- If available, you take step 3 and 4 follows
Registering a domain name is as simple as illustrated above. No more, no less. I will walk you through it.
Like I stated earlier, the process of registering a domain name is straightforward and there are no techy stuff involved; just mouse and left clicks, regardless of the registrar you go with.
Tips to Pick a Suitable Domain Name
Before you go ahead to register a domain name, make sure:
- It is short, simple and memorable. Your readers should be able to remember your domain as quickly as they need it, so keep it short and to the point. It will be a lot of work for anyone to remember thebestlogoandflierdesignerinthecityofnewyork.com compared to nygraphicsdesigner.com.
- Go for .com, because it’s the most popular extension. But if the .com is taken, you can go for other popular extensions such as .net or .org or your country-specific extension (examples: .us for the US, .co.uk for the UK, .de for Germany, .ca for Canada, etc). There are also niche specific extensions like .club, .shop, .store and so on.
- Avoid hyphen and numbers. They derail the flow of the domain name. Compare Facebook.com with Face-book.com or Facebook4you.com.
- Or use your name. Something like Isaacnewton.com is a good one, too.
- Choose a brandable name. When you’re brainstorming on a name, choose one that says something about what the domain will be used for, whether for business (in which case you should use the business name), for your portfolio or a blog. Just by seeing this blog’s domain name, you can easily tell what the blog is about.
There are a lot of domain name registrars out there, but I recommend Namecheap, because I use Namecheap and enjoy their service.
- Namecheap domain names are cheap
- Their 24/7 support is awesome
- Free Whois privacy protection – fo’ever
Namecheap will offer you free WhoisGuard for life. This costs at least $8.99/year. If you don’t know, Whois requires that the information of a domain name (alongside its owner’s) is provided and made available publicly online for anyone that cares to see. With WhoisGuard, Namecheap will replace your information with theirs, protecting you from spam and other thefts that may arise from having your info publicly online.
Like I stated earlier, the process is the same for most of the registrars. But I’ll walk you through it on Namecheap with screenshots.
Shall we begin?
Before we begin, let me make it clear to you that if you end up buying your domain name through Namecheap, I may earn a commission which is at no extra cost to you. As you’d find out later in the post, I recommend Namecheap because I use them and found them awesome.
How to Register Your Domain Name on Namecheap
Log on to www.namecheap.com.
Type your desired name in the search bar and hit enter. If available, Add to cart. If not, look in the suggestions and see if there’s one you can go for or try another search.
Click on View Cart to proceed to your cart. There you can choose for how many years you want to register and also whether to auto-renew or not.
NameCheap WhoisGuard (privacy protection) is free forever, so you should enable the service.
When you’re done, proceed to Confirm Order.
To complete your transaction, you have to either log in to your Namecheap account or create one.
After logging in or creating an account, you’ll be directed to the payment page where you have the option to pay either with your debit card or Paypal.
If you choose to pay with your card, enter your billing address and card details. You can choose whether to log your card details (for renewal or future transaction purposes) or not.
Click on Continue to proceed to pay. After paying you’ll get a receipt and confirmation email from Namecheap.
Now you have a domain name!
Check out my step-by-step guide on how to create a blog.