How to Buy a Domain Name

Having a catchy address might not sound like a big deal but, trust us, it is. The good news is that in order to get one, all you need to do is buy a domain name. These days, domain registration is a simple and straightforward process with only a couple of steps you need to take. After all, this is the first step when starting a blog or a website of any kind, so it only makes sense that it would be the topic of a lot of debate.

With that being said, it’s quite clear that you need to spend some time figuring out the domain name of your website. The sooner you understand the importance of choosing a good name, the sooner you will be able to skyrocket your business.

Five simple steps to buy a domain name

Hearing that there are five steps that separate you from a domain purchase might sound like a lot of work. But the truth is that these steps are very simple and can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. Of course, that’s only if you have a good domain name ready to use – if not, it will take some thought before you can make a purchase.

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All the steps from one to five will be easy to accomplish.

Step number 1 – Start with a domain checker

Do you have a great idea for a domain name in mind? Then we can say you did a great job only if it turns out that the domain name is available for use. Checking whether the name is available is as simple as finding a domain checker that will contain a database of all taken names. 

We understand how seeing that your desired domain name is taken might be discouraging. But there are always other approaches you can take, such as adding a simple word like ‘the’ or ‘my’ in the domain name. Or you can opt for a domain extension. If .com version is unavailable, nothing stops you from trying your luck with .org or .net. There aren’t a lot of differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, so it won’t matter much whether you choose one over the other if you are really set on using a specific domain name.

Step number 2 – A domain name search and its variations

Once you enter the desired domain name in the search bar, you will be presented with a list of available options that you can register. The variations will be there, and they will contain registration prices next to them. You will notice that the price may vary based on the domain extension you choose. For some people, the price might be the deciding factor although considering what’s at stake, we wouldn’t let the price have such an impact.

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Purchasing a domain name isn’t something that will put you in debt.

Step number 3 – Choosing a domain

As you can notice, the first three steps are all connected and can be done in a matter of two minutes. Once you have a list of suggested domain names, all you have to do is choose one! You just have to click on the add to cart button, and you will be one step closer to buying a domain name. So go ahead and choose your preferred payment method in order to complete the transaction.

Step number 4 – Setup your orders

Once you successfully buy a domain name or finish the payment method, you will be redirected to a control panel. Your job will be to fill out the fields in the setup box with the correct details since they will be stored in the official domain ownership database. It’s true that you can modify domain ownership details down the line, but it’s always easier to get it right the first time around, isn’t it? Once the domain registration is processed, you’ll only have one last step to follow. Our team of WordPress specialists believes that so far, there shouldn’t have been any troubles.

Step number 5 – Verifying the ownership

The last step won’t be any more complicated than the previous ones. This is the moment for you to verify domain ownership with the help of the e-mail address you entered when you registered. In case the e-mail doesn’t arrive within a couple of minutes (and it usually does), you can re-send the registration request.

Our suggestion is for you to do it right away as waiting for days is pointless in this situation. In fact, there’s one very important reason why you shouldn’t wait for more than 2 weeks – the temporary suspension. You will be able to get your domain back to full functionality, but there is just no reason for you to let it get that complicated.

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Don’t wait around – re-send the registration request as soon as you notice it missing.

Have trouble choosing a domain name?

Before you can buy a domain name, there’s one very important task for you to accomplish. You guessed it – it’s choosing a catchy website name. But we can definitely see and understand why so many people have a problem with this part. To help you get this part of the process done quickly and efficiently, here are a few tips you might benefit from: 

  • Research – it’s always good to know what your target audience wants and likes. Choosing a domain name based on the most popular keywords is always a good idea.
  • Catchiness – there is no need to choose a long and complicated domain name. You should definitely keep it short and catchy.
  • .com – while you can consider other website domain extensions, always choose the .com extension if possible. It is by far the most popular domain name extension.
  • Trademark infringement – to avoid legal problems, it’s best not to choose a name that is similar to big and successful companies with already established brands.

Once you get this part sorted out, it will be easy to buy a domain name. After all, all you have to do now is get over with a few technicalities. Then, you can work on setting up and monitoring your WordPress website. Or you can put us in charge of the maintenance part. In the amazing world of WordPress, help awaits at every corner.

 

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