Domain Names for Beginners
Hi this is Steve and welcome to my video
on Domain Names for Beginners.
In this video I describe what a domain name is and why you need one, tips for defining
good domain names, how to find an
available domain name, and how to
register a domain name. If you plan to
create a website you will need a domain name.
A domain name uniquely identifies
your website so that others can access it.
For example the domain name for
Starbucks’ website is Starbucks.com.
When you enter “Starbucks.com” into your
browser the Starbucks homepage appears.
Your website will need a domain name as well.
Each domain name has two parts: a Name and an Extension.
When you register a domain name it includes both parts.
There are over 1,000 domain extensions,
several of which you are probably
already familiar with like .com, .net, .edu, .gov, and .org.
But the extension you likely care most about is .com.
When you go through the trouble of creating a website one of your goals is for others to find it.
With over 1 billion websites on the Internet, how will your target audience find yours?
Well that’s a separate topic altogether
that is not covered in detail in this video.
However, your choice of domain name
is important for driving traffic to your site.
Keep in mind the following guidelines when choosing a domain name:
Avoid numbers and hyphens. Avoid intentionally misspelled words.
Make the domain name memorable and keep it short. Use your brand name as your domain name.
Use an appropriate domain name extension, “.com” if possible.
There are many websites that you can use to check the availability of domain names.
Virtually all companies that offer
website hosting services also allow you
to select and register domain names. Oftentimes people register their domain name
and purchase hosting services at the same time and from the same company,
but you can purchase a domain name separate from hosting services if desired.
Personally I use Instant Domain Search to check for available domain names
because the site is easy to use and search results are lightning fast.
To access the Instant Domain Search website, enter “instantdomainsearch.com” in your browser.
Let’s say that I wanted to check the availability of a domain name called “raymondenterprises.”
I simply enter the name in the “Search for a domain name” box. After entering the name,
the results area shows availability for
different extensions. I’m interested in
the .com extension which thankfully shows as available.
Next, I’m going to walk you through how to register a domain name. It’s a rather simple process.
As mentioned earlier, virtually all
hosting companies allow you to search
for and register domain names. You don’t
have to purchase hosting services when
you register a domain name, and you are
not required to use hosting services
from the same company where you
registered your domain name.
For example, I can register a domain name at GoDaddy today and host it on Hostgator at some point in the future.
The basic process when registering a domain name is to select a web hosting company,
select additional options if desired, select the number of years you would like to pay in advance,
review your order, and purchase.
I will show you how to accomplish this next.
Now that I’ve confirmed that my desired domain name is available, I’m going to press the Buy button, which will
take me to godaddy.com where I can register it.
I’m only interested in purchasing my
domain with a .com extension, so I press
the “Add to Cart” button and then the
“Continue to Cart” button.
The next page presents options that I
can add when registering the name.
By default, privacy protection is selected,
which hides my personal information from
others who access the master domain name database. Selecting this option will
prevent you from receiving spam emails.
I’ve registered domain names with and
without privacy protection. Without
privacy protection, I receive around 5
spam emails per year. I can deal with
that, so I will check “No Thanks” for privacy.
The next option asks whether I would
like to use GoDaddy’s GoCentral Website
Builder free for one month. Right now I
just want to register a domain name and
not commit to using a particular website
builder, so I will uncheck this option.
The last option asks if I would like to
create an email address that matches the
domain name. I don’t want to commit to a
particular email hosting service yet so
I will say no thanks to this option as well and press the “Continue with these options” button.
On the next page I select the number of
years I want to pay for. GoDaddy will
automatically send you emails prior to
the expiration date as a reminder to
renew. I’m going to select one year as
the term and then review my order.
The order looks correct, so I will
press the Register button to complete
the purchase with my payment information.
GoDaddy requires you to create an account when you register a domain name, and you can use this account
to manage and renew your domain over time.
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