Do you want to start a blog or a new online business in 2020? If you do, then you’ll need to register a domain name.
The first step towards building a website is to find a good domain name and register it. In this article, we will show you how to register a domain name, step by step from our hosting packages. We will also share a tip on how you can register a domain name for free.
Currently, there are over 140 million .com domain names already registered.
This means that all the good domain names are being registered as we speak. Chances are that someone may register a domain name that you’re thinking of, so it’s smart to register a domain name as soon as you think of an idea.
This is why all smart entrepreneurs proactively register domain names even before launching a business.
Domain names are cheap, and you can register them for a year. If you decide to not pursue the online business idea, then you can let them expire.
The bottom line is, if you are serious about building a business, then you should register a domain name right away.
It will help you protect your brand’s identity, business name, and even future business ideas.
How much does a domain name cost?
Normally, a .com domain name costs $14.99 / year. The cost of a domain varies based on each different extension. Some are even more expensive than this.
We don’t recommend using anything but .com domains because everybody remembers a .com domain, and your smartphone keyboards have a pre-built key for .com.
Do I Need a Website to Register a Domain Name?
No, you do not need a website to register a domain name. You can register a domain name and make a website later. You can also register a domain name and setup a temporary website or coming soon page with SeedProd.
A lot of entrepreneurs treat domain names like digital real-estate, so they register a good domain name and hold it for the right buyer to purchase it from them for profit.
How to Choose The Best Domain Name?
Domain names play a very important role in your website’s identity and success. This is why it’s important for you to carefully think about the domain name you choose.
However, it’s also important to not overthink it otherwise you will never get past the research phase.
Following are some general tips to keep in mind when searching for a domain name.
- Make sure that your domain name is easy to pronounce, spell, and as short as possible.
- Stick with the .com extension because most users find them easier to remember than any other domain extensions.
- Use your keywords and brand name in the domain name search. For example, stargardeninghouston.com is more search engine friendly, than stargardeningcompany.com
- Do not use numbers or hyphens in your domain name. It makes them harder to pronounce and difficult to remember.
Need more advice? See our expert tips on finding the best domain name for your website.
You can also use a domain name generator like Nameboy to speed up your search.
How to Register a Domain Name (Step by Step)
You can register a domain name from any of the top domain registrars that are authorized by ICANN to register domain names.
Go to YaKoCloud
The Yako Cloud domain registration process
Step 1: Name search
You start with a name search. Like I said above, most domain names are already taken so you’ll need to have a list of potential domain names.
Go to your preferred registrar and enter your preferred name on the search box. Once you get a name that is available, add it to cart.
Step 2: Look for a coupon code
Some times we may have different offers running at any one time. These can get you a percentage off the amount you would have paid for the domain. So, to reduce the above price, check our site or social media pages, search to see whether you can get a coupon code.
Step 4: Include addons like SSL
It is important to protect your site with SSL. Add SSL to your web hosting to give visitors confidence that your website is safe and secure and help build trust. Here are our SSL packages
Step 5: Review your shopping cart, apply the coupon If there and Check-out
It’s always good to review anything that needs to be paid for before making the actual payment. In the review window, you can:
- Determine the number of years you want to pay for
- Select “auto-renew” if you want it to automatically be paid for and renewed when it expires
- Choose whether you want other additional services such as WhoisGuard
- Enter and apply the coupon (or promo) code
- Enter your card details and complete transaction.