How to Register Your Domain Name

Once you are ready to take your website online, you will need to purchase a domain name for your site. A domain name is also called a URL and is what your visitors will enter in to their browsers to find your site.

You will need to come up with a domain name that is at least 3 characters long. If you are running a business website, you can register your business name as your URL or you can think of a domain name that describes what you sell. This is a better idea for small companies that may not have an instantly recognizable company name. By using a domain name that describes what you do, such as, you can also take advantage of popular keywords, which will improve your search engine ranking.

It is a good idea to think of several different domain names, so that if one has been taken, you are ready to see if the rest of the names on your list are available. You can visit to see if the domain name of your choice is available.

Since there are so many thousands of websites on the Internet, it is getting more difficult to find an original domain name that is available for registration. By getting creative, and describing what your website does, you can usually find an available name after a few tries. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t seem to find a name that suits your site. Just take a little time to brainstorm and you’ll be able to find a domain name that is right for you.

Once you have found a domain name that is available, it is important to register it as quickly as possible. This is a process that involves visiting a registrar’s website and purchasing your domain name for a specified amount of time. A registrar is a reseller of domain names that will typically offer a very good price for your registration fee.

This registration fee can vary, depending on the registrar that you select, so it is important to do your research to make sure that you are getting the best deal. Prices for a one-year registration will vary anywhere from as low as $4.95 to as high as $50, making it important to select the registrar that offers the best price.

Once you find the right registrar, you will be asked to provide contact information for your domain. This information will be displayed in the Whois database, and will come up when someone does a search for an available name, just as you will when you begin this process. It is important to include valid information in the event you need to perform a domain name transfer in the future. A valid email address is essential, since your domain name information will be sent to this email address.

You will then need to decide how long you wish to register your domain name. The minimum amount of time is 1 year. Some registrars offer a 10 year registration period, which is helpful if you are worried about someone else purchasing your domain name if you forget to re-register it.

Once you have purchased your domain name, you may need to wait for a couple of days before it is approved and ready to use for your new site.

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Posted on 12/14/05 9:56 PM

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