In amongst some of the 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; choosing a domain name.
We will look at why you need a domain name for your website, how to find the best one and also what to do once you have found one.
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.
This is your ‘address’ for your business information, your sales page and shop if you are selling your products online (often referred to as ecommerce) or for your blog.
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.
It is basically like your shop front. An easy to remember domain name is essential for helping people to find you on the internet easily.
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 and in hindsight wish I had gone with Bluehost.
All you need to do is search for the name you have decided you want to use as your domain, preferably your business name is the best domain 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.
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- 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.
You can actually get a FREE domain name here when you purchase hosting for as little as $2.95 a month from Bluehost here.
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 have found a great video which shows you just how to set up your very own free professional email address in less than 5 minute below
I hope you Social Media Virgins find this useful. Please let me know by leaving a comment below.
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