How to Buy a Domain Name and a Way to Choose a Host

What is a Domain Name and What is a Host?

How to Buy a Domain Name and a Way to Choose a Host

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Buy a Domain Name and Choose a Host

Buy a Domain Name and Choose a Host

 

Not everyone is familiar with the jargon surrounding a website. Therefore, if you would like some additional information to clarify any of these terms, please see my PostWhat is a Domain Name and How to Choose a Host

 

I will be covering the next three Steps in this PostHow to Buy a Domain Name and a Way to Choose a Host. These Steps are:

    • Phase 1 – Step 3:  Choose Your Domain Name
    • Phase 1 – Step 4:  Purchase Your Domain Name
    • Phase 1 – Step 5:  Choose a Host for Your Website

 

Now, let’s get to some of the fun stuff, starting with Step 3:  Choose Your Domain Name

 

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Phase 1 – Step 3:  Choose Your Domain Name

 

If you are now a member of  WealthyAffiliate,  you may choose to start off with a FREE Sub-Domain or you may have decided to purchase a Domain Name of your own. Whichever you choose, you can easily do this on the  WealthyAffiliate  platform. I have included instructions for choosing the FREE Sub-Domain further down in this section. The instructions for purchasing a Domain Name of your own on the  WealthyAffiliate  platform, can be found in Step 4:  Purchase Your Domain Name, below.

 

Choosing a Domain Name can be exciting, until you actually attempt the process. Then it can be sometimes frustrating because so many good names are already taken. It is time to be creative in your thinking.

Keep this in mind:  There are no refunds on a purchased Domain Name. Once you buy one, you will stuck with it for at least a year, so choose wisely. Also, you can not change a Domain Name. If you are not happy with the one that you have chosen, you will need to purchase another one.

 

Any one or more of the following criteria is good for choosing a good Domain Name:

    • Easy to remember
    • Relevant to your Niche
    • Easy to type
    • It is important to make sense
    • Brandable
    • As short as possible

 

If you can find something relevant to your Niche, great. If not, you can choose something brandable, like: thepinkzebra.com

Remember, Amazon.com does not sell rain forests, and Apple.com does not sell apples. It is not crucial that your Domain Name be related to your Niche. In time, it is your website Content that you create that will build your business, not your Domain Name.

Whatever you choose, it should be spelled correctly. Your business will eventually define your Domain Name, not the other way around, so do not get too hung up on finding one that is exactly what you want. It is more important to have one that is easy to remember, than one that describes exactly what your Niche is.

Do not buy a Domain Name without checking its history. If you do not check out the history of your Domain, you may be unlucky and get a Domain Name that has been suspended from Google. Here are some FREE sites you can use to check a Domain’s history before you buy:

    • HosterStats
    • Who.is
    • Internet Archive Wayback Machine

 

Avoid Domain Names that are too long. They are usually too hard for most people to remember. A maximum of 12 – 15 characters, plus your extension, is a good rule of thumb, but is not an exact science; the shorter, the better.

 

If you are choosing a FREE Siterubix Sub-Domain on the  WealthyAffiliate  platform, follow these Steps to complete the process:

  1. Write down 4-6 suggestions on what your choice of a Domain Name is. Place them in order of your preferred choice.
  2. Login to  WealthyAffiliate.
  3. Click on the SiteRubix tab (on left) > Site Builder.
  4. Choose:  ‘Free on a free Domain‘ and follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. Choose your Domain Name, Website Title (same as Domain without the .com usually), and a Theme (you can always change your theme at any time).
  6. Click on:  ‘I’m Ready, Build My Website Now!

 

Phase 1 – Step 4:  Purchase Your Domain Name

 

As I stated prior, the cost of a Domain Name is an annual expense, and varies by Registrar (the company that registers the Domain Name). Some offer cheaper 1st year options, then charge more for renewals. Others may be reasonable for the Domain Name, but expensive for the add-ons, like Hosting or SSL Certificates (these demonstrate that your site is secure).

WealthyAffiliate  offers a pretty good straight-forward deal. They charge $13.99 per year for Domains, with the same price for renewals. Hosting and SSL Certificates are FREE. I would keep them in mind if you are in the market for a Domain Name.

 

If you are transferring a Domain that you already own or are purchasing one on the  WealthyAffiliate  platform, follow these steps to complete the process:

  1. On a sheet of paper, write down 4-6 suggestions on what your choice of a Domain Name is. Place them in order of your preferred choice.
  2. Login to  WealthyAffiliate.
  3. Click on:  SiteRubix tab (on left) > Site Builder.
  4. Choose:  ‘On a Domain I own‘ or on: ‘Register a Domain’ and follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. Choose your Domain Name, Website Title (same as Domain without the .com usually), and a Theme (you can always change your theme at any time).
  6. Click on:  ‘I’m Ready, Build My Website Now!

Phase 1 – Step 5:  Choose a Host for Your Website

 

Keep in mind, that if you Host your site somewhere else besides  WealthyAffiliate,  and you do not continue to pay your monthly payments for Premium, you will lose access to all of their training. This training is critical for you to quickly become successful with your Online Business.

 

Although there are some very reasonably priced alternative Hosting providers available,  WealthyAffiliate  will provide you with:

    • FREE Hosting
    • FREE SSL Certificate
    • FREE SiteSpeed
    • FREE SiteProtect (Spam Blocker)

 

All of these are available with your upgrade to their  Premium  package. Many other Hosts charge extra for these features.

The cost for  Premium  is either $49.00 per month or you can pay annually at $359.00 per year (which is less than $1.00 per day).

In addition to the FREE Hosting and FREE SSL Certificate, they provide a whole lot more! You can view everything that you get at  WealthyAffiliate  by clicking on this Link:  Free vs. Premium

 

Please leave a Comment or ask a Question in the Comments section below.

 

Continue to the next Post in the series:  What is a WordPress Theme and How to Choose the Right One? – Phase 1 – Steps 6, 7, & 8.

 

Thank you,

CJ Dodaro

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CJ Dodaro
I am a semi-retired, 65 year young man who has owned and operated a variety of successful business throughout my life. Starting most from scratch, I have acquired extensive knowledge for what is required for setting up a business properly from the ground up. Since these businesses have been both the brick & mortar type as well as the online variety, I feel qualified to help people in almost any business area that they wish to pursue. I wish to share the information that I have acquired in order to help other aspiring entrepreneurs become successful.

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