Registering a Domain Name For Your Website – Here’s What You Need to Know
Deciding on a domain name is one of the most important aspects of building a website. Your business’s dot com address is what potential customers will type into a search engine to find you.
If you are registering a domain name for your business for the first time, it can get complicated – especially if you don’t know what you are doing or where to begin with.
Continue reading if you want to know about the important aspects of registering a domain name for your business website.
7 Steps for Registering a Domain Name for Your Business Website
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) regulates domain names. A domain name can registered via ICANN’s accredited domain registrars. The fee for registering will differ based on which registrar you choose to register your website domain name.
It’s also important to know that web hosting is separate from registering your domain name. What this means is that you have the option of only registering your domain name with a domain register – so even if they offer web hosting services, you don’t have to opt for the service with them.
Also, some host and registrars will only register domain names with certain Top Level Domains (TLDs). So, it is best to first check their options before you sign on the dotted line.
Step 1 – Choose your registrar or web hosting service. While making your selection, be sure to check their hosting policies and pricing structures
Step 2 – Choose a domain name. To buy a domain name you will have to visit a domain name registrar, such as GoDaddy, and type in the domain you want to buy.
If the domain name isn’t already taken, then you can go ahead and pay a fee for buying that name. While choosing a domain name, ensure that the name is catchy, unique to your brand, and easy to remember for potential customers.
Step 3 – Fill out the necessary forms. You will be asked for information such as your personal and contact details – these are necessary to fill out your profile. This is for the “WHOIS” database. You of course have the option of choosing whether you want your profile to be public or private.
Step 4 – Pay for your domain name. As mentioned above, the prices for the domain names depend on which web host or registrar you choose. You will be able to use your domain name immediately, or if you wish, you can park it for use at a later date when you are ready to launch your website.
Step 5 – Link your domain and website via the domain manager. You simply have to enter the primary and secondary server names of your web host into the registrar’s settings for your domain in order to link your domain name with your business website.
Step 6 – As mentioned above, you can use your domain name immediately or park it until you are ready to launch your website. If you decide to park your domain name it simply means that your selected website address will be reserved for you until your business website is ready for launch