If you are thinking to start a blog or new website, then the very first thing you’ll need is to register or buy a domain name. By registering the domain name for your website, you’ll create your own indentity in the online world.
You just need to follow some simple steps and then we are done. We’ll also share some tips to get the domain name for free.
At a glance:
In short, these are the steps you have to follow to get your domain name:
- First thing you have to do is choose a domain registrar.
- Search for the desired domain name.
- Select the best from the available options.
- Adjust the registration period.
- Finalize your order and pay the charges.
- Lastly verify the ownership of your domain name.
Remember it all starts with a great domain name
We have already discussed in detail about domain name and it’s working in one of our previous articles but let’s just quickly summarise things for a better understanding.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is basically the physical address of your website that people type in their browsers to reach your website.
Every website has a unique but complex series of numbers called IP address of the website.
This IP address contains the exact information about the website but makes no sense to humans.
Hence, the domain name is a human-friendly version of IP address as it is easy to remember and you can choose it according to your website.
Domain name is nothing but your website name extension by which all the users find your page.
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What’s the need to register the domain name?
Domain name registration is important for a website, an email or another web service. It gives you personality and recognized identity in the internet world. As soon as you register a domain name, the information about its owner is publicly available.
Another reason for a brand or online business to register a domain name is to protect copyrights and trademarks, build creditability, increase brand awareness, and search engine positioning.
How to choose the best domain name?
Choosing a domain name is the most crucial part of any online business as it is the foundation of your website.
- It should be short and simple:
Your domain name should be easy to pronounce, spell, and as short as possible. If you use a complicated domain name, there will be a possibility of mistyping while searching your website. The fewer characters of domain, the easier it will be to type.
For example pix.com, tool.com, cam.com
- Avoid special characters and numbers:
Domains with number or hyphens make the name complicated and often misunderstood.
As bookshop.com will be easier to brand as compared to book-shop.com
- Use your primary keyword and brand name in the domain
Keywords in a domain name make them more SEO friendly:
It makes obvious what your website is about. As webdesigner.com appeals more about your website than web.com
- Always go for a domain name that is easy to remember:
If the domain is easier to remember, it’ll be really helpful for the users to reach your website often.
- Try to stick with .com extension:
.com is the most reliable and recognized TLD. It is more user-friendly than other extensions. The only reason to not take .com extension should be it’s unavailability while registration.
How to register a domain name?
After picking up the most suitable domain name for your website, you’ll have to register it.
For this you’ll need an ICANN authorized domain registrar like Domain.com, Bluehost, GoDaddy and a lot more.
Since there are so many registrars available, we will guide you on some of them which are famous among the users. You can choose the one that best fits your need.
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How to buy a domain name on Bluehost for free
If you are a beginner and starting your website from scratch then this is the best option for you.
A domain name will cost you $14.99 / year and website hosting plans start from $7.99 / month which is a large amount for freshers.
Bluehost is a web hosting provider which also gives you domain registration facility.
If you are using Bluehost for web hosting then you’ll get a free domain for one year.
Since you need both web hosting and domain name to start a website, what could be better than purchasing them together so you can get the domain name without spending any cash.
Step 1- You need to visit the Bluehost website
From the menu, select HOSTING which is at the top of the screen. (Don’t click on the domains menu option )
Step 2- choosing a hosting plan
The menu will expand and there will be three options
- Shared hosting
- Dedicated hosting
- VPS hosting
Shared hosting is the best suited for most of the users so go for it.
Bluehost provides you with four different shared web hosting plans to choose from—Basic, Plus, Choice Plus, and Pro:
Basic entry level plans starting at $3.95 per month works fine if you’re launching a small website. But you can choose the one that fits your need.
Just click the “Select” button under the plan you want to purchase.
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Step 3- Registration of domain
After selecting a web hosting plan, you will be asked to choose a domain name for your website.
Two options will be there-
• Create a domain name
• Use a domain you own
Use “Create a new domain” option to search for available domains and enter the domain name you want in the search bar. Also choose your domain extensions like .com, .net, .blog, .co etc.
If the desired extension is not available then go for an alternative.
Step 4- Finalize your order
Once you’ve chosen an available domain name, simply create your Bluehost account by entering your name, address, email, etc. and select your plan terms.
Don’t forget to get the “Domain Privacy + Protection” in the “Package Extras” section.
So that your name, email and phone number won’t be available on public database.
Once the Payment is done, you’re done purchasing the web hosting plan and domain name which is free for the first year of the contract.
Registration of domain name with NameCheap
As the name implies, Namecheap is specially for domain name registrations. This will be a more easier option because you are not going to buy any other services but domains only.
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Step 1- Navigate to Namecheap.com
From their homepage, you can directly search for the domain name. The various available options will be displayed in the centre of the screen.
(Make sure that “Register” is selected above the Search bar. Because “Transfer” option is for those who have an existing and want to switch registrars).
Continue with the “Search” icon.
Step 2- Choose the extension
You’ll get a range of extension options, click on the ” Add to cart” option next to the extension you want and checkout.
Step 3- Confirmation of order
While buying a domain name directly from registrar, you can skip the extras because you can get all these from your web hosting provider.
If you don’t want to renew the registration manually every year then go for the “Auto Renew” option.
Once the order is confirmed, you’ll have to create a Namecheap account. After entering the payment details you can finally purchase the domain name and make it yours.
You can choose any other domain registrars of your choice and the steps will be same as above.
Things to keep in mind
- You cannot buy domain names permanently
(However you can pre-pay for almost 10 years)
- Always stick to .com extensions
- Don’t forget to renew your domain name before expiration period
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