Finding a domain name as an aspiring lifestyle or digital , web entrepreneur, internet marketer or whatever you want to call yourself is as important as remembering to take your skiing equipment on a visit to Switzerland.
When you finally arrive at getting a good name, going an extra mile in securing and taking ownership for the name at least for a year or more could be one of the best decisions you have made.
We have so many domain name websites in the world that help register and grant you rights to the name. For example, we have whois, godaddy, domain, wix, namecheap and the list goes on and on. Anyone you choose to register with secures your brand name for the stipulated period you subscribed for.
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 www.MEXYTEK.com (for example) would not have to be informed about a change of web address. 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 has 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.
If you want good sponsors (advertisers) for your website, a domain name is usually helpful. It tends to give your website an aura of respectability.
Below is a guide on the necessary things to do to help secure your brand domain name online and acting fast could save you some regrets. Please read it all before acting:
Think of a few good domain names that you’d like to use. It won’t do to think of only one — it might already be taken.
You will need either a credit card or a PayPal account to pay for the domain. This is a requirement most domain registrars have. It will allow you to claim and get the domain name immediately on application.
If you already have a web host, obtain from them the names of their primary and secondary name servers. Don’t worry if you don’t understand what these things mean. Just save the information somewhere. The information can usually be obtained from their FAQs or other documentation on their site, usually under a category like “domain name” or “DNS” or “domain name transfer” and the like.
If you can’t find it, email them. You’ll need the information to point your domain name to your website after you buy your domain. Having said that, if you don’t have a web host yet, don’t worry. Just read on.
You can always allow the registrar to park your domain name at a temporary website specially set up for you. This way you can quickly secure your domain name before it’s too late and still take your time to set up the other aspects of your site. As far as I can tell, most registrars (or probably all) automatically park your domain by default whether you ask them to or not, so if this is your situation, you probably don’t have to do anything special to get it done.
Some of those registrars also provide you with a free email address at your own domain name while it is parked at their site, like firstname.lastname@example.org (where “example.com” is your domain).
If you don’t have a website yet, then 2017 is the best time to get started. And the first step to creating your website is to register your domain name.
With this simple guide, you can register your domain name quickly and easily. And before you know it, you’ll have your own little piece and space of the web!