You might be setting up a website for your business or hosting your very own blog—to get started, you will first need to buy a domain name.
Because without a domain name, you can’t get a host for your website, and without a host, it’s not wise to start with your website design and development. You’ll face many problems further down the road.
We hope that was convincing enough.
However, now the problem is that you don’t really know anything about the domain name buying process.
How does buying a domain name work?
Don’t worry, we have you covered. We will tell you everything you want to know about the domain registration process.
First things first!
What’s a Domain Name?
Well, just like your business has a name, your website needs to have a name as well. That name is what we refer to as domain name. It serves as your website’s identity.
Does that mean your business and website name can be same?
Yes, they can be the same. So, if you run a business by the name of The Best Shop in Town Ltd., you can have that as your domain name.
But having ‘Ltd.’ in there won’t look right when typing it in a browser’s URL box.
It doesn’t sound right either.
You can modify it if you want to!
Your Domain Name Should Be Unique
So, while we are on the subject of modifying your business name to be used as your domain name, you must remember one thing—whichever domain name you choose, it needs to be unique.
By unique we mean that it needs to be available. It should not be already registered by some other business or individual.
And this is the first thing that you need to check.
How to find out if your domain name is unique?
There are multiple tools available online to check the availability of your domain name. Here is one.
Domain Name Structure
If you clicked on the link to the tool, you would have noticed that the interface showed the domain name divided into three parts.
1) First part: ‘www.’
2) Second part: the blank space which you had to fill
3) Third part: ‘.com’
That third part is called the extension of your domain name. It could be .com, .org, .net etc. The extension you choose is important from an SEO point of view.
A domain name’s availability status may change with extension. That is, TheBestShopinTown might be available with .com extension, but it may not be available with .uk.
Therefore, when buying a domain name make sure it’s available with your preferred extension.
You Register a Domain Name Through a Registrar
You have come up with a domain name and it’s available with your preferred extension. The next thing you need to do is make a request for its registration.
Domain names are registered through a registrar. These registrars are accredited by ICANN. You can find a list of ICANN accredited registrars right here.
You need to contact a registrar. The registrar will ask for some documents and what domain name you want to register. The registrar will then forward your request to a concerned registry. Provided everything required has been submitted, the registry would then register your domain name in a directory.
Once registered, the registrar will inform you, and on activation you can start using the domain name.
You Also Have the Option to Seek for the Services of a Reseller
Since approaching and working with a registrar can be hectic, you have another option: you can seek for the services of a domain name reseller.
A domain name reseller serves to act as a facilitator between a registrant (you) and a registrar. They are under contract with registrars and can get everything done on your behalf. You will just have to choose a domain name and a reseller will look after everything else. Of course, they charge you money for their services, but the fee is very low.
These resellers can also offer you dedicated domain name management to ensure that no one uses your domain name illegally.
That’s most of what there is to know about the domain name buying process and how it works. You see, the process is really easy and simple.
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