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Gone are the days of coming up with a company name, searching to see if it’s available, and snatching it right up. The domain landscape is getting overcrowded, forcing us to get creative. Originally, there were only six top-level domains (TLDs): .com, .net, .org, .mil, .edu, and .gov. Once .com names became impossible to find, additional extensions were thrown in the mix: .biz, .info, .co, and country extensions, among others.
Today, there are more than 1,000 possible TLDs to choose from. But still, after all these years, .com is the most desirable TLD for businesses. In this post, we’re going to walk you through searching for, choosing, buying, and registering a domain name along with all the things to consider throughout the process. As always, we’re here to help, so if you have any questions or need assistance choosing a domain name, please reach out.
There are quite a few resources available to search for available domain names, such as name.com, networksolutions.com, and godaddy.com, among others. You can search any domain with any TLD and see what the cost would be. Sometimes, if a domain shows up as unavailable in a search, you can reach out to the owner directly to negotiate a price.
When choosing a domain name, there are a number of things to keep in mind. Finding a name that evokes your brand, is good for SEO and is easy to remember can be hard to find, but hopefully, these few tips will help you get started.
Domain names are purchased through a registrar. Well-known registrars include GoDaddy, Network Solutions, and Google, among others. Any of those three is trustworthy and affordable. Once you’ve registered and paid for your domain through the registrar, be sure you set the domain to auto-renew so that you don’t forget and lose your domain when it expires.
Once you register your domain, be sure to file your registrar and domain information. You may need to access it when you start setting up your email and website.