How to buy a Domain Name and domain buying 101

| August 24, 2015 | 11 Comments

A domain name is the name of a web site eg. my site  www.digitalgrog.com.au is a domain name  and also my website address. If you’re thinking about creating your own site or blog, buying a domain name is the place to start.

Note: Buying a domain name or purchasing a domain is also technically known as “registering your domain name”

If you are looking to compare Australian website hosting or domain purchasing  with  US website hosting , then you really need to know the price difference and if you really need a local provider and you can read a detailed review here.

But  if you are looking  for just a affordable service provider that can provide you great deals on domains and also hosting + free domains, then I have provided some  referral offer links below

registering a website name or blog name and prices

How to acquire a domain name

First you need to decide if you just need a domain or would you be requiring other services as well like web hosting for your website or blog. Possible Add-ons with  a domain name can include Hosting, Website builder, SEO optimiser ,Payment acceptance tools for your website  etc

If you already got a hosting account  the n you can just buy a domain and point it to your hosting account  where your files or content will be and if you need both then  you can just get a package.

Acquiring a domain name is as simple as  checking is a domain name is available and then clicking buy and making a payment for your domain name (more details just below)

How to check if a domain name is taken

If you’re hoping to attract many visitors to your blog or website, the name should be something short and related to the content of the website. Before doing  a search for a domain name there are a few useful pointers you my friend should keep in mind .

1. Keep it short and easy to remember name NOT something like this ( www.jesse-jackson-long-name –blog.com)

2. Keep the name interesting and fresh (like mine Smile)

3. Get a .com or com.au extension  as they are more easier to remember rather  than   a  .org . co or something like that  that is not very popular

Go here  and  do a search for your name  an just buy it if you got a good name ..( but please come back here to read the rest of this article)

 





































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Make sure to choose the correct extension.com or .com.au while doing the search for your domain name

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Good places to buy a domain name

 3 ways to buy a cheap domain name

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Yes there is such a  thing like good places to buy or register a domain name.

When buying a domain name you want to be sure  that the company is reputable  and just wont close down tomorrow  and also have other related services available just in case   for future use. I have a list of three name below because they fit most of my criteria  eg. been in this business for years,  Reasonably priced domains,  and good reputation

1. www.Godaddy.com [Good Global domain provider with constant good deals and offers]

godaddy blog hosting vs australian blog hosting

2. www.bluehost.com [ Provides Domains and Hosting in the same place]

bluehost comparison chart

3. www.namecheap.com [ Haven’t used them yet , but seems to have a good reputation]

cheap name for websites

Both godaddy and bluehost  provide both website-domain-names and hosting  but godaddy is known more for domain names and bluehost is more well-known for hosting,  so i have provided both options

 How to check and register domain names

Before you register your www name online, make a list of several options or names for your website name. Be creative and open to different keyword options for a name . Your first choice may not always be available as there are already billions of websites operating on the internet with names already taken . Once you’ve got a good list of names do a search for your name that you have shortlisted .

Just go here  do a search for your name and make a payment to get a name of your choice.

Decide what extension you want for your domain name. Options include .com, .org. and .co.  and many more are being added  every year ( latest extension releases is .guru as well )

The price is usually around $10 for a domain name but sometimes you can get it for as cheap as $1.99 or $2.95 when deals are on , but it can vary based on the company offering it and the package you purchase with it

When you find a URL that works, register and pay for your domain name, and you’re open for business.

If you need any help  with setting up your domain etc  go daddy has a 24/7 tech support line,which is very helpful and you can actually speak to  person in the US   for helpCompare Hosting prices and providers

Now that you have sorted  your domain name buying, An got an idea of hosting companies , you can read a detailed comparison  of  local and US hosting companies  with prices  for hosting in my next  post . Click arrow  to visit

Disclosure: I earn commissions from some of the services (mostly web hosting) that I recommend on my blog,

Digitalgrog.com.au is a affiliate partner to most of the Hosting services and some other blog related promotion services that I have listed here on my blog and I use, which means that in addition to using their service, we also receive a commission for referring new customers. To be fair, though, we still use these services even if we weren’t an affiliate. We don’t recommend any particular host just because we’re an affiliate (every hosting company offers a similar affiliate program); we recommend certain Hosting companies because they are the best, most reliable option. Plus, because we’re a partner, these providers offers a special price for Digitalgrog readers. Get your hosting today.

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JJay blogs on Technology related products ,websites, SEO, Social Media and blog promotion. JJay also writes articles for Stock market , Finance and business blogs and websites.

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  1. Lena Peacock says:

    Thanks for the post JJay. I just set up my blog at dashba.com and went through all of this. Great informative read.

  2. Roberto79 says:

    I bought a domain from GoDaddy and I am so satisfied with the plan and price. The price always on sale, and cheap too! I saved a lot by purchasing a domain there. There are wide choices of features available in GoDaddy. Although some features might cost a bit more money, but it is worth the penny. I never tried bluehost and namecheap before, I think I will recommend them to my friends as they are going to build a website for their bussiness. And of course, I will definitely tell them to read this article, it helps a lot!

  3. Johnny says:

    At my place, buying domain is as cheap as $2.99 for the first year. The yearly fee is quite cheap too. To me, that’s kinda affordable for a beginner who wants to start a bussiness. I bought one for my bussiness. The site is user friendly, simple and easy to understand. Some contents are divided into their own category which makes it easy for anyone to use. All in all, I recommend this domain name registrar

  4. Saraboddington says:

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve always wanted to build myself a website but I don’t know where to find the tips and I don’t have any idea on what is the best domain name registrar to register my domain name. Thanks for the domain name check. Checked my domain name. I prefer simple and easy to remember domain name. And I would like to thank for the list of the registrars you wrote there. Such a wonderful article, really appreciate that! :)

  5. Ian3605 says:

    I agreed with you. GoDaddy is one of the best registrar website with good reputation. I bought my domain name on that site and I recommended that site to my friends too. I love the new improvement made by GoDaddy. I love the v7 website editor by GoDaddy. So easy to use, simple and everything could be done just by drag and drop stuffs there. I think the website builder can help the beginners to build their own website.

  6. Matin says:

    I love to see that NameCheap is on your list of one of the best registrar. NameCheap may not have the lowest price, but all I can say about this site is their server hosting offerings are the best. They have the easiest and the most simple interface to access. Other than that, they have the best support team, whenever I have problems with NameCheap, I will contact them and they will reply my email as fast as lightning! This website is just awesome.

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  9. dudley shane says:

    If you have a web site, 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. Any individual can do it too.
    Importance of a Domain Name

    There are a number of good reasons for having a domain name:

    If you ever change your web host, your domain name goes with you. Your regular visitors or customers who knew your site name as (for example) would not have to be informed about a change of web address (also known as “URL”). They would simply type your domain name and they’d be brought to your new site.

    If you are a business, a domain name gives you credibility. Few people will be willing to do business with a company that does not have its own domain name.

    If you get a domain name that describes your company’s business or name, people can remember the name easily and can return to your site without having to consult their documents. In fact, if you get a good name that describes your product or service, you might even get people who were trying their luck by typing “www.yourproductname.com” in their browser.

    If you want good sponsors (advertisers) for your website, a domain name is usually helpful. It tends to give your website an aura of respectibility

    The process for signing up for a domain name works the same way whether it’s through a hosting provider or a separate domain name service. You’ll be asked to enter the domain name you want to register into a text box. The service shows you the extensions you can choose. Generally, you always want to go with .com because this is the most popular domain name extension and easiest for users to remember. Also, Google likes .com, .org and .net domains a lot, even though it states it doesn’t matter. This is likely because .info and .biz can often be seen as spam sites or thin affiliates sites.

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