If you’re thinking about taking your business into the next step by establishing your presence in the World Wide Web, you’re definitely thinking in the right direction. The Internet has definitely become the life and blood of most business entities today. Going online can greatly increase the growth and success of your business.
So if you’ve finally made up your mind about going online, the first step is to get a domain name. Domain names are important because they serve as your own identification tag online. Once you’ve registered a domain name, no other party can register the same name, which gives you a unique identity on the Internet.
Domain Name: How it Works?
Domain names are basically addressing figures on the Internet. Remember, in order to identify each other, computers make use of the Internet Protocol (IP) address, which is a series of numbers. Each IP address has its own unique sequence of numbers, thus making each address unique and identifiable.
Since IP addresses are a series of randomized numbers, it’s difficult to memorize or remember it. As a solution, IP addresses are translated into domain names. Instead of memorizing IP addresses, you can now use a customized name or phrase to remember a website.
Why You Need A Domain Name?
Domain names are important for many reasons. First off, if you ever decide to leave your web hosting service (where your web files are located), you would be able to take the domain name with you. This means that you don’t need to inform your existing clients and all the people who know about your website about your transfer, or name change, because you get to keep your domain name even if you move to another web hosting service.
Secondly, a domain name establishes credibility. Imagine having a domain name like “domain.[webhostingsite].com.” Doesn’t that sound awful and unreliable? People would trust you when they see you put in the effort to establish your own online identity. More than that, a good domain name is also attractive to potential sponsors.
And lastly, having a domain that fits perfectly with your type of business or niche can help people remember you easily. This means that they don’t have to search their history or documents just to find you because they’d be able to remember your domain name.
Registering A Domain Name
Now that you know how a domain works, its purpose, and why you need it, it’s now time to register for a domain name. Here’s the process involved when registering for a domain name:
1. Think of a good name. When registering a domain name, you first need to decide which name(s) you would like to go with. Don’t just think of one name because there’s a high chance that the names you have thought of are already taken. Furthermore, think of a name that relates to your line of business or expertise.
2. Find a domain registrar. Domain names are usually registered via a domain name registrar. Domain names are registered with a non-profit organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN.
What domain registrars do is they act on your behalf and register your domain name with the ICANN. The ICANN usually sells domains in bulk so it would definitely be difficult for you to register your domain name yourself. There are some web hosting services that also offer domain name registration. If you want assurance that it would be registered to your name and not to the web host’s, then you should definitely go with a registrar like GoDaddy, Domain.com, or Bluehost.
3. Prepare your credit card or PayPal account. Registration involves money. While it isn’t too expensive, you can expect to pay at least $10 to $35 depending on the registrar and the type of services you avail. Payments can only be processed via credit card or PayPal, which is why you need to prepare either one.
4. Get hosted. You need someplace to connect your domain name to. That’s where web hosts come in. Once you have a web host, ask for their primary and secondary name servers, which is usually found in their website’s FAQs page or under pages related to domain names or DNS. If you can’t find the needed information, ask them via email.
If you don’t have a web host, it’s still possible to get a domain name. You just have to ask the registrar to make a temporary website where your domain name could be parked. In fact, most registrars would do this even without you asking.
5. Register your domain name. Once you’ve found a good registrar, you would have to manually type in your desired domain name. But before this, some registrars would give you the option of searching for your desired domain name and check to see if it’s still available. When registering, you would need to supply important details, such as your name, address and your contact number.
6. Renew your domain name. When owning a domain name, you should know that you have to renew it annually at the same price depending on the registrar or web host that you choose.
If you know what to do, registering a domain name is easy. But before you actually go and register one, just make sure that you actually have the will to pursue such a responsibility. Remember, your domain name serves as your identity online, your own business card on the Internet. Which is why you should go about the process as carefully as possible especially when building your website.