Everything you need to know on buying a domain on the internet (a step-by-step guide). Anyone who wants to be seen on the Internet needs their own website and if you want your own website, you need a domain. If you are hearing this word for the first time, you are in the right place. This article serves as a guide for newbies and it will make your domain registration a breeze. We will talk about how to buy a domain in a few minutes (and what not to forget).
The entire domain verification and registration process is as follows:
Does this sound complicated? Don't worry, everything can be done in one place and it won't take more than a few minutes altogether. We will go through each point in turn.
Coming up with a good domain name is quite a challenge. There are some ground rules here and we summarized all of them in this article.
Focus mainly on simplicity and easy pronunciation. And also think about the future. What are your plans for the domain, and therefore your business? Will your domain name reflect your brand in 5 years as well as it does now?
If your dream domain is not available, do not despair. Maybe the owner wants to sell it.
Even before we show the most important thing, i. e. how, we have to answer an equally important question – where? You can register a domain with a so-called registrar. This is a company that deals with renting and managing domains.
Registrars don’t have specific lists of domains that are only available to them. You can purchase your chosen domain from any of them, but you will get a different price and slightly different services for each one.
For example, renting a .COM domain can normally cost you $10-$20 without VAT for the 1st year (the price for subsequent years is then higher).
You can get a basic idea of which provider is safe in the list of registrars.
Webglobe has been in the top 5 for a long time.
But the cheapest domains do not always mean a win for you. So what else is good to pay attention to?
Deciding who to register a domain with? Clear administration is also important. Unfortunately, you only get access to it after purchase. That's why we at least took a picture of ours here.
Finally, we come to the main thing – domain registration.
The individual steps may be slightly different for different registrars. But what you must always enter:
You will have access to the domain via email. Therefore, think carefully about which email you’ll enter.
Also, if someone else is buying your domain, make sure they enter your contact information during registration. Otherwise, it may easily happen that your father-in-law will be listed as the owner of the domain.
If the registrar asks you for the required NSSET and DNSSEC, don't panic. Just leave the default settings. You can change them at any time.
We should probably set one important thing straight: You’re not really purchasing, but RENTING a domain.
You will be the owner of the domain as long as you pay for it.
You can rent it for a year or straight away for 2, 3, 5, or 10 years. In that case, the rental price will be more favorable.
Now you may be wondering what happens if you don't pay for the next year. First of all, it is good to say that each registrar provides several different insurances for such cases:
You can easily extend the validity of the domain in your administration. If all insurance fails and you don't pay (perhaps because reminders go to an email you no longer use), the domain expires.
After the domain has expired, domain registration takes place all over again.
Your domain is registered from the moment the registrar gets paid for it.
If you pay by card, it's instant. You'll have to wait 1–2 business days for a bank transfer. It doesn’t happen often but there are some cases when the domain was taken by another customer in that time. So if you can, pay by card.
The domain itself is of no use to you until you populate it with content, i. e. your website, but for this you will need another service that you may not have known about until now: web hosting.
You can imagine web hosting as a hard drive on a foreign computer, where you have reserved your own space.
Hosting decides where your website is "physically" stored (i. e. all your images, texts, etc. that you have on it).
Why can't you keep it with you? Simply because your computer would always have to be turned on for other users to access your website.
Most registrars will also offer you web hosting when you register your domain. It pays off to buy both for 2 reasons:
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