So, you’re thinking about setting up a website for your personal page or your business? That’s a good idea, especially if you’re a small business that wants to stay competitive. After all, you’ll need to be able to reach potential customers and keep in touch with the ones you already have, and it’s a lot easier to do via the web. However, don’t get everything set up before you think about one of the most important parts of the process. That’s right – you need to choose and register your domain name.
Your domain name is the way most people look for you online. There’s a prefix, usually www, the name itself, and a dot, then a three letter (sometimes two letter) suffix. This suffix can tell people a lot about your site. For instance, organizations go by .org, networks go by .net, governmental organizations use .com, and many businesses use .biz. Educational sites and colleges can use .edu. There’s more regulation on some of these suffixes than others, so some sites cross the lines a little.
If you’ve already got a great domain name for your site, you’re a step ahead of the game, but you’re still not done. You have to register your domain name with a domain name registrar. That means that no one else can use this address. Step one of doing this involves setting up an account with a registrar that’s accredited by ICANN, the international body that’s responsible for domain name management. This process is usually pretty simple, and you should be able to do it online.
Now, you’ll want to give your domain name registrar some accurate personal information, such as email, telephone number and name. Don’t think about putting incorrect information here, or your could lose your domain name. Don’t worry about giving this kind of personal information to your domain name registrar. They have a legal obligation to keep it safe. Once you’ve set your account up, you’ll have no problem registering as many domain names as you require.
Then, decide how many years you’d like to register the name for. The costs will generally vary between registrars, but average about ten dollars per year for a .com domain. Sometimes, you can get a discount on a multi year plan. You can register for no longer than ten years, however. Make sure you choose a reliable registrar and check for the availability of the name you want before you start. That’ll help you get the perfect domain name for your site.