Whether you want a domain name for an online business, or for a personal or hobby website, the way to go about getting a domain name is the same. We will look in some detail at how to get a domain name for your new website.
First, let’s take a look at what a domain name is – just to make sure that we are on the same page.
What is a Domain Name?
The dictionary definition is as follows:
the part of a network address which identifies it as belonging to a particular domain.
A website is made up of a whole lot of files that are stored on a server and the domain name is used to point to these files so that the website can be reached.
If you look at this from the perspective of an online business owner then you could think of it as the name of your shop. This is the name people will know your business as and it will be the brand that you build for your online business.
You can also think if it as a piece of real estate on the internet. If you build a website with a particular name you can later sell it to somebody else.
What people refer to as a TLD or Top Level Domain is the portion to the right of the doamin name. If we use amazon.com as an example, then the TLD is com. And the nme is amazon. There used to be a requirement to put www to the fr left of the name, but this is no longer needed. The full name of the domain, amazon.com, is called the fully qualified domain name.
A subdomain would be created by adding another name to the left of the main name. Something like mysite.siterubix.com where mysite is a subdomain of siterubix.
How to get a Domain Name
Now that we understand what a domain name is, let’s move on to the real question and I will explain how you can go about getting your own domain name.
Domain names must be bought and registered through a domain name registrar. The easiest way to do this is to buy your domain from the same place that will be hosting your website.
For example: if you are a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate (WA) then you can get your domain name through them as well as host your website with them. If you buy your domain elsewhere and you want to host it with Wealthy Affiliate, then you need to change the DNS servers with the company that you buy the site from.
Here are a few popular options for comapnies that offer domain registration services:
If you are a premium member of Wealthy Affilaite (WA) then it really doesn’t make sense not to use their SiteDomains service. With all the integration into their hosting platform this is definitely the easiest option.
NameCheap is a very popular domain registrar and their service is great. I have used them and never had any problems. this was before Wealthy Affiliate had their own registration service, so we still had to specify the domain name servers (DNS) to be able to host the site with them.
I have not personally used GoDaddy, but I have heard from a lot of people that do and they are also a popular platform to use.
I hope this has helped you to understand a little bit more about domain names and how to get one for your website.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.
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