How To Purchase A Domain Name
Knowing how to purchase a domain name is essential for any business owner. A domain name provides you with your own virtual real estate. Domain names identify the location of a website on the Internet. Domain names have become significant identifiers for businesses. Some businesses are simply online-only establishments, which makes purchasing the correct domain name extremely important. Brainstorming a name, researching availability and registering the name are the steps required to own your piece of the Internet.
- Identify the name you would like to use. Make sure the name you choose reflects your personality or business. Decide if you would like a .com, .net or .biz domain. The most popular domain is .com.
- Research the availability of your desired domain name. If the domain is available for purchase, the next page will let you know. If not, this is a good method for finding out the expiration date of a domain. If the domain expires soon, and you really want it, you may be able to wait and purchase it soon.
- Locate a reputable domain registrar. Domain registrars handle the registration process. Locate a reputable domain registrar by visiting the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ICANN) website. Click on their list of ICANN accredited registrars.
- Register your domain. Once you have identified a registrar, complete the purchase process by following their purchasing guidelines. Consider parking your domain if you do not plan to install a website soon. If you do plan to install one, arrange for reasonable hosting for your domain.