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Your Guide to Buying the Perfect Domain Name

So you’ve decided to start a website. Congratulations! This is an exciting step in your business journey. But before you can get started, you need to purchase a domain name. What is a domain name? Well, a domain name is a URL (or web address) for your website, and it needs to be unique. That…

So you’ve decided to start a website. Congratulations! This is an exciting step in your business journey. But before you can get started, you need to purchase a domain name.

What is a domain name?

Well, a domain name is a URL (or web address) for your website, and it needs to be unique. That means no one else has the exact same domain name as you do—and it should be unique to your business. A domain name is also important because it’s what people will type into their browsers when they want to visit your site. For example, if I wanted to go to [company name] from work today, I’d type www.[company name].com into my browser and hit enter. That’s the domain name for this company!

In this blog post, we will provide a guide on how to buy the perfect domain name for your business. We will also recommend some of our favourite providers of domain names and hosting services.

Domain Names: How to Choose and Register Them

When you are purchasing a domain name, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you want to make sure that the domain name is relevant to your business. It should be easy to remember and spell. You also want to make sure that the domain name is available. If it’s not available, you may need to get creative with your spelling or try a different extension (like .net or .biz). There are also country specific extensions like .com.au or .au for Australia. To purchase one of these, you need to be a business registered in Australia with an Australian Business Number (ABN).  Once you’ve found an available domain name that you like, the next step is to purchase it.

You can do this by registering with a domain registrar like GoDaddy or Name Cheap —there are many options out there—and submitting some information about yourself and what kind of website you will use this new domain name for. Once they approve and transfer ownership from the current owner (if applicable), then it’s time to celebrate!

When you’re buying a domain name, there are a few things to keep in mind. 

  1. Make it Relevant – make sure the domain name is relevant to your business. It should be easy to remember and spell. You don’t want to confuse customers or make it difficult for them to remember your website url.
  2. Check Availability – Go onto one of the domain registrar websites like GoDaddy or Name Cheap and use the search bar at the top to make sure your preferred domain name is available. If it’s not available, you might need to see what variations of your preferred url are available.  Once you’ve found an available domain name that you like, the next step is to purchase it.

There are several ways to purchase a domain name:

Pay for it upfront: The most common method of purchasing a domain name is paying for it upfront in full. Domain names can vary in price from a few dollars to millions.  If you are only just starting your business and not sure if it will work out, a cheaper variation could be a good option if your preferred domain is expensive.  Otherwise there are alternative options such as: 

Buying through payment plans: Another option for purchasing domains is through payment plans. These allow you to pay for your domain in monthly instalments that fit within your budget—and then pay off the rest once your site becomes profitable! Note, this option isn’t available with all domain registrars so make sure you check prior to purchase.

Buying from an aftermarket seller: You can also buy expired domains from aftermarket sellers who have already bought them from their original owners but aren’t using them themselves anymore. These sellers tend to be more flexible with their prices and may be willing to work out a deal with you!

Recommended domain name providers

When you’re looking for a domain name, it’s important to consider who you’re going to use as your provider. After all, you want someone who is going to be around for the long haul—someone who will continue to provide excellent service even as your business grows. There are a lot of domain name providers out there, but we recommend two in particular: NameCheap and GoDaddy. They are both reliable providers with reasonable prices.

GoDaddy: A well known & comprehensive option

GoDaddy is great for the person who wants to be able to do everything from one place. They have a lot of features that make it easy to set up your website, and they have an easy-to-use interface, making it easy for you to find what you’re looking for. GoDaddy offers many services beyond just domain names, including email hosting and website-building tools. They have a lot of features that will appeal to both beginners and more advanced users alike—and their prices aren’t too bad either!

Namecheap: Affordable Hosting Plans, Easy-to-use

Like GoDaddy, NameCheap has a variety of features available to help support your business.  Domains, hosting, business email, SSL certificates and more.  They don’t have an inbuilt website site builder like GoDaddy, however we wouldn’t recommend using GoDaddy’s website builder regardless.  Sticking to website platforms like WordPress, Shopify and Wix, depending on what your site needs.  NameCheap is an excellent choice for people who are looking for an affordable option with plenty of features. It’s easy to use and allows you to make changes to your domain at any time. You can even transfer your domain from another provider.

SiteGround: Great hosting plans & Free Business Emails and SSL

Our last recommendation is SiteGround.  SiteGround is more well known for its hosting plans, but you can also purchase your domain name from here as well.  The purchase of your domain name tend to not be as cheap as GoDaddy or NameCheap, but their hosting plans are great! So if you want to have everything in one place (domain name, hosting, business email and SSL) then SiteGround is a good option to consider.

Once you’ve purchased your domain name, you’ll need to set up your hosting account. This is where your website’s files will be stored and accessed by people who visit your site.

Separate Hosting and Domain Providers?

While doing your research, you might find that one provider offers the domain name you want at a great price, but you want to use a different hosting provider to host your website.  That’s okay, you don’t need to have both your domain name and your hosting with the one provider.  You can have your domain name registered with GoDaddy for example, but your hosting with SiteGround.  You can simply ‘point’ your domain to your hosting account you do this with the dns server or nameserver.  

DNS & Name Servers 

These are the same thing, just called different names. It basically takes your domain name, translates it into a set of unique numbers and points those numbers to the hosting service.  Your hosting service then knows that when someone enters a request to see that site, that they need to show the relevant files and pages that are stored on its hosting servers.   

To find out your web hosts nameserver details you’ll need to follow the relevant instructions for yoru account to find them.  They will look like this: 

Ns1.example.com

Ns2.example.com 

There will always be two of them (primary and secondary), in case one fails.  Both will need to be added to your domain registrar account, typically under a title such as ‘domain name management’ or ‘domain name delegation’.  You will need to enter the nameserver details and save. It can take up to 24-48 hrs for some providers to make the connection.  

Your Domain Name is Registered

Congratulations! You now own a domain name and are one step closer to starting your own website.

You’re probably feeling pretty excited about this and we don’t blame you! We know how much work goes into building a new brand from scratch—and how rewarding it can be at the end of the day.

Here at Miti Websites, we are able to work with a variety of different domain registrars and hosting providers for your website.  So no matter where you want to build your website, we are able to work with you to construct it.   

If you have any questions about your new domain name, or would like help designing your new website, feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to help!

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