In amongst some of the more lengthier content and lifestyle blogs on the website, I will be posting bite size blogs. These bite size blogs will only take you a few seconds to read and hopefully will be packed with all the info you need on a particular subject.
Today’s bite size blog is
Buying a Domain Name
What is a domain name?
A domain name is your own brand name and the name people will use to type into the internet to find you. It is often referred to as a URL. You need a domain name to create a website and a custom email address. It is not a website.
Why buy a domain name?
If you purchase your own domain name rather than having your name just as an extension of your hosting site (sub-domain) then this helps your customers and/or readers to go straight to your website. It creates your identity online and gives you increased credibility. It also helps search engines find you more easily. You must have a domain name to create a website. You can also take your domain name with you if you change your website hosting service.
How do I buy a domain name?
Once you have an idea of what you would like your domain name to be, just go online to a company that sells domain names. I would recommend looking at the 3 main sites; GoDaddy, Bluehost and Siteground. They all also provide web hosting.
I chose GoDaddy for my search. Search for the name you have chosen and the site will tell you if its available and how much it costs. The site will also show similar alternatives. You may have to try alternatives if yours is not available.
Other blogging tips you might be interested in:
- September Income Report – How much I made in my first-month blogging
- Instagram Novice – How to get started
- Making your site secure – have you secured your site?
How much does it cost?
Depending on the name you want to buy it can cost from as little as a couple of pounds to several hundreds. I paid £11.04 for my domain name thesocialmediavirgin.com for 2 years.
What do I do next?
Once you have your domain name you can then look at setting up your website and creating personal email accounts.
I hope you Social Media Virgins find this useful. Please let me know by leaving a comment below.