What is the Process for Getting a New Domain Name?

Many newcomers to the internet regard domain name registration as a difficult, highly technical task beyond the capabilities of the average mortal.

The opposite could not be further from the truth.

When registering a domain name, you only need two pieces of information:

– What are your plans for this domain’s name?

– and your web hosting DNS values, which are provided by your hosting provider and look like this: NS1.WEBSITEWELCOM.COM and NS2.WEBSITEWELCOME.COM.

Almost always, they are given to you in pairs.

Go to a reputable domain name registrar first.
I recommend www.Better-Domain-Names.com or www.Godaddy.com as your domain name provider.

These aren’t the cheapest registrars on the market right now, but their service and dependability are second to none. I generally operate under the premise that “you get what you pay for,” and this is never more true than when it comes to domain name registrars.

Let’s go over the steps for registering a domain name:

Visit a domain registrar using your web browser. A search option is usually available on the front page to see if the domain name you want is available.

Let’s say you’re trying to register a domain name for your website about dog training.

So you type in dogtraining.com and hit enter, only to discover that the domain has already been taken.
Now, I recommend adding prefix and/or suffix words to the domain name you’ve chosen.
As an example, you could try:

betterdogtraining.com
bestdogtraining.com \sdogtrainingnewsletter.com
dogtraininganswers.com

You could also use dashes “-” to separate words in your domain names.
There is a group of search engine optimization experts who believe that search engines are now beginning to penalise sites that contain “dashes.”
Another thing to consider is that sites with no dashes or numbers in them usually sell for a higher price.
If you plan to sell your domain in the future, it’s best to avoid using both dashes and numbers.

Assume you discover dogtraininganswers.com is available.
As a result, you proceed to the next page. In most cases, you’ll be asked for the information of the person who will be the domain’s owner. This will usually include information such as your name, address, and phone number.

The system will then ask you how long you want to register your domain for; the minimum is one year, and the most I’ve seen is ten years. The majority of people opt for the one-year plan because it is the cheapest.
You’ll see a link that says “If hosting your site elsewhere, please click here to set name servers” on the Better-Domain-Names.com and Godaddy.com pages.

If you don’t set your name servers now (using the name server values provided by your hosting company), you’ll have to come back and change the default name servers later. The issue is that name servers take a long time to propagate across the internet, and you may have to wait several days for this to happen. However, if you set them now, they should propagate in a few minutes, at most half an hour.

After you’ve entered the values for *both* name servers, you’ll be taken to the payment screen, where you’ll enter your credit card information.

You might notice an option called “Auto Renew” here. This box must be checked!
When the domain’s term expires, you can have it automatically renewed. Before the domain is set to expire, any good domain name registrar should send you multiple emails, and if you do not respond to these emails, the domain will be automatically renewed.
If you don’t select the “Auto renew” option, the system will let the domain expire, making it available for purchase by someone else.

It will only take a few seconds after you press the “submit” button for that new domain name to be yours.

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