Basics Behind Registering a Domain Name
More often than not clients come to us without a clue of what a domain name is and how to obtain one so for all of you out there that also have no clue, here you go
A domain name is basically your websites address. www.joshuawebdesign.com is an example of a domain name. The process of obtaining your own domain name or registering is extremly easy and anyone can do it.
I personally always recommend my clients to go to instantdomainsearch.com because its the fastest way to find an available name. In this day and age most the good names are taken so I also recommend if your having trouble finding an available selection is to go to godaddy.com and search for a .CO alternative.
The .CO alternative also brings up another good point, what about .NET, .ORG, .US ect… If your running a for profit business you most likely will not want a .NET domain but that choice is up to you and most branding techniques focus completely around the possiblity of being able to obtain the .com domain name.
Registering the domain
Like I said registering a domain name is extremely easy and if you’ve ever purchased something online, then you’ll have no problem. Simply go to a website like godaddy.com and enter in your domain name you’ve chosen and follow the steps of filling out your information and submitting payment.
How much should it cost?
Registering a .COM domain name should never cost your more than $13 or you’ve overspent. Registering a .CO should typically cost around $20. Lastly beaware of companies than will send you renewel notices for $30-$80 or more to renew your domain, this is a ploy that tricks many newbie owners into thinking they have to pay this amount to retain their name and hard work, which is not true, your domain (if selected) will auto-renew at the companies advertised regualar rate (around $13 for a .com).
Hope you all have a better understanding of what a domain name is and how to register one.