To buy a domain is easy, and you might want to do this very first “webstep” yourself, independent of your plans to hire a web designer or not at a later stage. I know you’ve come up with a fabulous business name, and now you want to lock down a corresponding domain and make it yours.
What is a domain?
A domain is your address on the internet, e.g. like mine is www.gorgeous-geek.com. You would typically choose a domain name that is the name of your business.
Some boring, but essential facts about domains:
- The cost is usually around 10.00 Euros/year
- You can set it to auto-renew, so that you don’t lose it again after the year is up
- A domain should be registered in your name (so if someone does it for you, make sure it’s still registered with your details)
4 steps to buy a domain
A good place to buy a domain is Namecheap, and I will walk you through the process how to buy a domain from them.
Go to www.namecheap.com
Enter the domain name of your choice in the search field.
For the purpose of this blog post, I have chosen to search for the business name coachgobusiness, so I put this in the search field, and click Search.
And, lucky us – it’s available!
As you see, they also have other options available with other “endings” (TLDs) than .com, like .co, .press, .space.
Personally I prefer to always go with a .com if available. The reason for this is that if people remember your business name, but not your website address, the first thing they will try to put in the search field of their Internet browser is your business name followed by a .com.
Once you see that your domain is available, click on the shopping cart icon to the right of the name you want.
When the item is in your cart, click the red View Cart button
This leads you to this page, and there are two important things here:
- You really want to have the Free WhoisGuard. The WhoisGuard is a service that protects all the personal data registered with your domain from being easily looked up by snoopy strangers on the internet.
(if you choose a domain that is not ending in .com, the Free WhoisGuard may not be available, as it cannot be used with some ‘endings’ (called TLDs). A complete list of non-supported TLDs can be found here)
- You want to change the Autorenew to ON (instead of OFF)
Once you have verified that everything is correct, click the big red “Confirm Order” button on the right hand side.
In this last step follow the instructions on Namecheap’s page. You will be asked to create an account (right hand side) and enter your credit card details, which I hope should be a painless process. If you should need any help with this last step, let me know, and I will happily help you out.
Once all is finalized, you will receive an Order Summary from Namecheap via email.
The domain is yours, and you have an address on the internet for your business 🙂 Doesn’t it feel great?
Let me know how it went. Did you find the process clear? Do you have any doubts? Share with me in the comments below.