How to Register a Domain Name

Let’s chat about, “How to Register a Domain Name.” Once you’ve come up with the perfect domain name, you should register it as soon as possible. Sneaky “squatters” or random interested parties could snap the name up first and you don’t want to be kicking yourself later.

With so many domain name registration services to choose from, it can seem overwhelming. Honestly, I’ve heard about good and bad experiences with almost every major company. Just a few to consider include: Network Solutions, Go Daddy, Dreamhost, Bluehost and HostGator. You can usually register a domain for around $10 annually.

Most individuals and small businesses will want to register their domain name with the same company that hosts their website. Having them both with the same company just means one less payee or customer service entity to deal with.

Personally, I like to manage the domain name and hosting with separate companies. This is primarily because the hosting company I’ve chosen (liquidweb.com) specializes in hosting. They have very powerful servers and exceptional technical support. Other companies, such as Godaddy, who specialize in domain names have a better domain name administration interface and reliable DNS servers.

I have over 65 domain names registered – most of them with godaddy.com. Finding a domain name on Godaddy.com is quite simple. Simply type your domain name into the search field and press the “Go” button. If your preference isn’t available, Godaddy will often give you several alternative options.

If you have a webmaster or are working with a web design or web development company, you can ask if they recommend a particular registration service based on your needs or their experience. Or better yet, just have them purchase and manage it for you – the absolute easiest way to register a domain name.

Because domain name registration fees are so affordable, and because you never know who might come along and buy a similar URL in an attempt to compete with your site or siphon off your business, I recommend that you register additional domain names related to the main one you plan to use. For example, if you bought the .com, you might also register the .net and possibly even the .org and .biz. If you really want to cover all your bases, you might even want to buy the extensions .info and .ws while you’re at it. Also, if your business name is commonly misspelled, try to buy the misspelled URL as well. It’s not hard for you (or your webmaster) to set up these URLs to automatically redirect to your main site.

Remember, your domain name is a business asset that has value now and in the future. Think long-term about how you might expect to use the URL, including the eventual transfer of the name and related names if you one day sell your company, website or blog.

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