I know how exciting it can be to embark on setting up a new website and how quickly that excitement can change into "Uh-Oh" in a matter of seconds. That's because buying a domain name appears to be more complicated than it really is.
To help eliminate the confusion, I will answer some of the most common questions I've been asked, to inform you on the basics of buying a domain name.
1. How much is a domain name?
The cost of a new domain name differs from a pre-owned domain name.
Once you make the initial purchase, a domain name has to be renewed annually. About $12-$15/year is a reasonable price to pay to renew a domain.
2. Does it matter how it's spelled?
A few people have asked me does it make a difference whether you spell or type out a domain name a certain way. It all depends on what you mean.
Here are a few common scenarios, I'll use my business URL www.graphicallyinnovativedesigns.com as an example:
3. Is buying a domain name the same as hosting?
No, hosting a website is a totally different fee from domain name registration. Although, some hosting companies will waive the domain name registration for the first year as an incentive. That's why a lot of people get the two mixed up.
4. How can I find out if the domain I want is available?
There are two ways: (1) you can type in the URL of the desired domain name to see if a website comes up, or an even easier way is (2) go to whois.domaintools.com to do a quick and easy search of available domains for free.
5. Where can I get a domain name registered?
There are a lot of places online where you can register a domain name. Just search "register a domain" and you will find many providers to choose from, just be careful who you choose by first reading their terms before purchasing anything.
If you would like to register a domain name today but don't want to do it yourself, I can do it for you. Just contact me to find out more!
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