Believe it or not, the process for registering your first domain name is pretty simple and straightforward – provided that you follow the inside information we highlight below.
With more people today looking to build up their own little corner of the internet today than ever before it’s become more important to know how to register a domain name (and register one quickly and inexpensively). That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide.
Let’s dive right in!
Figure out the exact domain name you want to register
The first big piece of the puzzle for registering any domain name is obviously coming up with the EXACT domain name that you want to register in the first place.
The cool thing about domain name registrations today is that there aren’t a whole bunch of technical rules, regulations, or restrictions that stop you from purchasing any domain name currently available.
You have the opportunity to register pretty much ANY domain name as long as it hasn’t yet been registered by someone else and that it contains nothing but alphanumeric characters and hyphens.
Plenty of people in the “Wildcat West” early days of the internet registered domains like Walmart.com with absolutely no affiliation whatsoever with that retail giant – and many of them were paid pretty big bucks to transfer ownership of that domain later down the line.
It’s also a good idea to think about the following key criteria before you register a domain:
- The exact domain you want to register, keeping it short and sweet but relevant to your site
- The Top Level Domain (TLD) extension you want attached to your domain name
- How easy it is to memorize and recall your domain name in full
- How crystal-clear it is to express and write it down in a variety of different mediums
Verify that your domain name is currently available to be registered
After you have settled on the domain name and the TLD you’d like moving forward it’s important to check that the domain and this TLD combination is actually available to be registered in the first place.
Most people find that their first few choices of domain names are already registered, which shouldn’t surprise anyone considering just how many websites are currently out there as well as how many new ones are being registered and built on a daily basis.
Domain name check tools are available 100% free of charge at all of the major domain name registrar services as well as through a number of independent entities you can find with a quick search on the internet.
Pick a domain name registrar to move forward with
The next big piece of the puzzle forgetting your new domain name registered is actually finding the right domain name registrar service to move forward with.
A lot of people are under the impression that one domain name registrar is the same as every other, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Sure, they all can help you register your new domain – but some are going to provide better services, better extras, and a better reputation that you can trust for a variety of different price points (which may or may not fit your budget going forward).
It’s critical that you move forward with a domain name registrar that you know you can trust. Legitimate operations are not hard to find, and those that have a global presence as well as at least a decade of service under their belts are the ones you want to move forward with most.
Purchase your domain
The last thing you want to do in securing your new domain name – your first domain name – is actually going through the process of purchasing and registering that domain with your new registrar.
You will usually have an opportunity to choose just how long you want to register this domain name (the standard option is usually two years, though you can obviously register your new site for much longer – or even shorter – than that if you’d like) as well as have a chance to add all kinds of extras to your registration, too.
We’re talking about security tools and features available through your registrar, privacy protection options you can take advantage of, premium DNS tools, and a whole host of other add-ons that you may or may not be interested in.
It’s definitely worth looking into these extras and figuring out whether or not they make sense for you before choosing to just skip right over them.
After you’ve gone through this entire process the only thing left to do is build your new website on this domain for attach it to a website that has already been built.
This is going to involve securing web hosting, redirecting that hosting to your new domain, and then flushing things out (like building email accounts, etc.) so that your new web platform is up and running the way you want it to be!