How to Choose and Purchase a Domain Name

If you have a website, you should seriously consider registering your own domain name.

A domain name is a name like “thesitewizard.com” or “thefreecountry.com”, which you can use to refer to your website.

Note that you do not have to be a company or organisation (“organization” in US English) to register a domain name.

Anyone can do it (any individual)

If you want to register a domain name, here’s what you need to do.

  • Think of a few good domain names that you’d like to use.
  • It might be taken by someone else.
  • You will need a credit card or pay pal to buy the domain. This is a requirement of most if not all registrars. It will allow you to claim and get the domain name immediately on application. This is not an option (unfortunately).
  • If you already have a web host, obtain from them the names of their primary and secondary name servers. Don’t worry if you don’t understand what these things mean. Just save the information somewhere. The information can usually be obtained from their FAQs or other documentation on their site, usually under a category like “domain name” or “DNS” or “domain name transfer” and the like. If you can’t find it, email them. You’ll need the information to point your domain name to your website after you buy your domain. Having said that, if you don’t have a web host yet, don’t worry.
  • If you do not have a web host, you can always allow the registrar to park your domain name at a temporary website specially set up for you. through this, you can secure your domain
  • Some of those registrars also provide you with a free email address at your own domain name while it is parked at their site, like [email protected] (where “example.com” is your domain).

List of Domain Name Registrars

  • Go Daddy
  • 1&1 Internet
  • Nameceap
  • Dotster.com

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