How to buy a domain name and website name buying 101

| January 2, 2018

Buying a domain name is an easy process, you just need to choose a domain name, then pay for it  and its yours. You will need to register your email via this process to receive the domain details in email. They are many top level domains (TLD) like .com  .gov .org   .edu  and many more. For Australia is a top level domain. The au domains are sought after in Australia. [updated 29 October 2017]

Pricing for these domains  are different  depend on what name your choose. Australian domain name extensions require a minimum two year registration  and  an Australian  Business Number (ABN) for  you to register a name. The popular domain does not have this requirement and can be registered for just 1 year.

A domain name is the name of a web site eg. my site is my domain name  and also my online website address. If you’re thinking about creating your own site or blog, buying a domain name  or doing a “domain name search” is the first thing that you will do. However to make the process of starting a blog /website easier many  website providers now provide both the domain name + Hosting together  or then in fact provide a name free with the purchase of a hosting account.

In Australia you need to be an accredited registrar to resell domain names online and provide domain name registrations. AUDA is the authority that manages the Australian domains

Note: Buying a domain name or purchasing a domain is also technically known as “registering your domain name”. You can check for unlimited domain names over here

If you are looking to compare Australian website hosting or domain purchasing  with  US website hosting and prices, then you need to know the price difference. If you need a local Aussie  provider,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 domain, then I have provided some  referral discount offer links below.

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. Web-hosting is necessary with a domain name purchase to create a website/blog.

If you already got a hosting account then you can just buy a domain and point it to your hosting account where your files or content will be hosted. If you need both a website name+ hosting, then you can just get a package deal. Bluehost and Godaddy has some good deals for names plus hosting which are also given below. Both of them offer Hosting + free domain name deals but godaddy is also one of the larger domain name registration services and also registers aussie domains

Acquiring a domain name is as simple as checking if 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 short and related to the content of the website. If the name stands out it will help in branding of the website as well.

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.jessejackson-knowstech–

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

3. Get a .com or 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  and just buy yourself a good  website name if you find one. Make Sure you have your ABN number ready before registration- If you dont have a Australian business number(ABN), you can get one here.

Below is also a quick search  tool with many popular website  name extensions   .com .net .org .info biz. .us .mobi .tv .ws .name .cc .de .jp .be .at .cn .tw .jobs .eu .fm .ms .nu .tc .tk .vg Make sure to choose the correct extension   .com or while doing the search for your domain name. Current GO DADDY Deals   Domain DEAL [  Domains Under a $1 - Just 0.99 cents ] Hosting DEAL [ $1 Month Hosting + Free Domain]

Good places to buy a domain name

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Below are some good name providers where you can buy or register a domain name.

When buying a domain name or starting a business- you want to be sure that the company you buying from is reputable and just wont shut down tomorrow. If they have other website related services like webhosting, site security, name transfer available, then it surely is a bonus and adds to their good standing.

I have a list of three name below because they fit most of my criteria eg. been in this business for years, reasonably priced domain names, and a good reputation.

1. [Good Global domain provider with constant good deals and offers]
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2. [ Provides Domains and Hosting in the same place]
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3. [ Haven't used them yet , but seems to have a good reputation]
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4. Melbourne It - Get a Deal
Melbourne IT is an Australian Internet company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. Formed in 1996, its primary business is domain name registration  in most of the major national and global top-level domains. Melbourne IT - Register your com, net, org Domains Now! 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 .

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If you are ready to get started today with your online business or just a personal blog, then you might want to check my post which will give you a step by step break down of how to start your wordpress blog easily today. They have some good recommendations on the list, where  you can get a Free domain name  with your  paid hosting  for a good reasonable price.

Is your Domain Name already taken ?

Domain names are hard to get and most likely the domain name you want is possibly already taken. If you are willing to pay a premuim sometimes you can still buy the domain by making an offer.

Below you can check if a name that is already taken can be bought by you

Get the domain you really want with Domain Buy Service from from!

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  1. Lena Peacock

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

  2. Roberto79

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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    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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    If you have a web site, you should seriously consider registering your own domain name. A domain name is a name like “” or “”, 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 “” 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.

  11. jerryperes

    Before reading your blog, I was thinking to buy domain name for my new site. More ever, I will definitely follow these entire steps for domain name registration.

  12. Domain Point

    A great blog and insightful information on domain names. Definitely will check back again.

  13. Jacinta

    hey jj

    Thank you for the nice write up . i read this post bought a domain and then read your deatiled set up guide for wordpress with bluehost
    So i had to figure out redirecting domain etc myself from godaddy to bluehost .. wish i had read your bluehost set up guide earlier than could have got both Free domain + hosting from and easy setup.
    it all worked out anyway

    • JJ

      Glad i could be of help !!

  14. John

    What a great write up. Some important steps to be taking when registering for a domain name.

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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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