So you are looking to buy a domain name? That is so exciting!
That must mean you are ready to start a new project and have already crafted a perfect domain name that you are ready to purchase.
But where should you buy a new domain name?
I highly recommend buying it through a reputable domain name registrar and not through a web host. This will keep you from dealing with a whole lot of hassle in the future.
If you are ready to buy your new domain name then I recommend heading over to NameCheap. (The link will open in a new window so you can reference these instructions as you work.) NameCheap is the most respected domain registrar on the internet and I have been using them to manage all of my domain names for nearly a decade.
Start by searching for your desired domain name via the search box and click on the magnifying glass.
On the following page, NameCheap will confirm whether your chosen domain name is available. Unfortunately, many short, catchy domain names with desirable keywords have already been bought up over the last 35 years.
Your job is to find a domain name that fits your blog. It will take a bit of trial and error, but once you find a domain name that you are excited about, add it to your cart and then click View Cart.
NameCheap asks you to select a number of options in your shopping cart before you click Confirm Order including how many years you want to prepay up front. No matter how many years you decide to prepay, I recommend selecting Auto-Renew for your Domain Registration. This will ensure that no one else can steal your domain when you are up for renewal.
WhoisGuard is free for the 1st year, but I also recommend you select Auto-Renew for this because it is an excellent feature that protects the privacy of your domain name registration info. The Premium DNS feature and the other add-ons under the Improve Your Site section are not necessary at the moment.
After you have selected all the desired options in your cart, click Confirm Order.
If you do not already have a NameCheap account then you will need to create a new one by filling out the necessary information on the right-hand side of the page. After which you will need to fill out and confirm your contact and payment information. There will be some check-boxes on the next few pages, which you can leave untouched since the default selections are appropriate.
You will finally end up on the order page where you can confirm all of your domain registration info before you click Pay Now.
You are now the proud owner of a brand new domain name!
You will receive a few welcome emails from NameCheap regarding your order and will be able to manage your domain name via the NameCheap portal.
Now that you have your new domain name, it’s time to get a web hosting plan to host and deliver your content! Here is my step-by-step guide to buying a web hosting plan with Bluehost.