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How to Purchase a Domain Name

If you do not know how internet works, you might find the process of getting a domain name to be very tedious. This might not be as hard as you think. First you need to get yourself accustomed to a few terms and understand how information is transferred over the internet.

Do you know what a URL is? Basically it stands for Uniform Resource Locator. By uniform it means that it uses the same way throughout the world to locate resources such as files or documents. Basically it is the unique address of a file or document that can be accessed over the internet.

So why you need to know what URL is? The reason is, when you first want to set a website you first need to purchase a domain name. Domain name in other words are called URL. It should be closely connected to the website that you are building. If your chosen domain is already taken up, go for something one of a kind and later promote your domain through some branding activity.

There are many domain registrars out there. GoDaddy.com is the most well known one. You can use this website to check your domain name availability. As this website normally offers vouchers it is advisable to search for ‘GoDaddy coupon’ before making a purchase. This can save you a few dollars up to ten dollars. The domain name you purchased will remain on GoDaddy’s servers until you get hosting service for it. There are many options when comes to hosting. You can either go for the hosting service provided by your registrar or choose other providers you desire.

It is best for you to get a good idea on what hosting really is. When you purchase the URL you are actually purchasing an address or a unique name over the internet. In order to broadcast your message to the world the first thing you need to have is a virtual space to retain the information. As mentioned earlier GoDaddy as well many other company out there offers hosting. For my website I subscribe to Hostgator.com as I find their service satisfying and fulfills my requirements.

When come to hosting do not decide on snap. Take your time to analyze what you intend to achieve using the website first. If you are interested to host a simple blog for instance you do not need much space to begin with. Therefore it would be such a waste if you buy an expensive hosting plan and use only a portion of what you are entitled to. Be wise, choose a plan that best fits your requirements.

Purchasing a domain name is not as complicated as it sounds and you don’t have to be an Internet whiz to purchase a domain name. So don’t be afraid.

If you are planning to create more than one website make sure your hosting plan caters for it. Most of the providers support multiple domains hosting. The one I am using now allows me to host unlimited amount of domains. As I am planning to make more web pages that are going to generate a few dollars worth income per month, this fit my needs perfectly.

Last but not least, you will be given a nameserver ID through email that you will need to point your new domain to. This is because you domain registrar and hosting company are different. You can do this by accessing your domain registrar profile, navigate to domains section. Find for an option that lets you edit your nameserver. All you have to do now is to key in your nameservers and you are ready to go!