Buying a domain name can be an exciting task to embark on. Yet, I know how quickly that excitement can change into "Uh-Oh" fear 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.
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.
If you take one point from this article, let it be this one...
Register your own domain name directly through a domain name registrar. Don't let someone do it for you.
Want to know why? Please read "Reasons why you should never let anyone else register your business domain name for you."
I recommend Namecheap because they have reasonable prices and they include domain privacy for free... you'll want that and not all registrars offer it for free.
If you simply search "buy a domain name", you will find a ton of domain name registrars. Just be careful who you choose.
First, start by finding out what the normal rate is, because many will give you a discount for the first year and then raise it to the regular price. Then, check their terms to see what's included before buying a domain name.
No. Website hosting is a totally different fee from the domain name.
Some people get the two mixed up because of the fact that hosting companies will waive the domain name registration fee for the first year when you buy hosting, as an incentive. But these are really two different fees.
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
Here are a few common scenarios. I'll use my business URL www.graphicallyinnovativedesigns.com as an example.
There are a few ways to check domain name availability: (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.
Check out my post "3 Easy Ways To Check Available Domain Names" for more information.
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Use this quick checklist to choose a great domain name you won't regret - because no one wants to experience buyer's remorse.