How To Buy A Web Name/Domain

You need a domain to have a website; it is your address on the net!

Buying a domain involves only a few steps, but an important step is choosing your domain name. Be sure to pick a couple of alternates in case your name is not available, and try to go with the .com extension, since it is the most popular. Choosing .net or an extension from your country can make your site unique, but if someone else has the same name with the .com extension, your traffic may end up going to them in searches. .org is the next best to .com.

You can check your potential domain name at, to see if it has any history or legal issues.

Choose a name that is associated with the product or service that you are making available

Such as if your site is about training poodles.

You can buy your domain at a site such as goDaddy, but be sure to check the pricing on several sites before you make a choice. Compare apples to apples by checking the different items that come with your domain, such as email accounts, which can be pricey. Many sites charge extra for things like SSL Certificate, Privacy Protection, and Premium DNS, which drives up the price of a budget-friendly looking domain.

Note that there can be different deals on different days, as well as special deals if you link from a webhost site. You can pay for your domain on a yearly basis, but if you are feeling confident about your site and what you are offering, feel free to register for 3 years or more (look for pricing deals!). This gives your site stability, and you can count on having that domain to be safely yours for this duration.

You must have a webhost for your site

Webhosting refers to a host company that lets you store your website on their servers, so that other computers can access your website. A popular host site is bluehost, and  sometimes you will get a deal if you use the host that your website builder recommends.

There are different types of hosting, such as shared, dedicated, Virtual Private Server (VPS), and Cloud hosting. For the purposes of most new website owners, shared hosting is affordable and fine for entry level users.

Many website building sites, such as and come with domains and hosting, however you will not own your domain if it is a sub-domain such as You can create a website with them and later transfer it to your own domain.

If you purchase a domain name but have it hosted somewhere else, you may need to modify your DNS (Domain Name System). If you change hosts, you will have to set up new email addresses, so check with your hosting provider and follow their instructions when moving hosts.

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8 thoughts on “How To Buy A Web Name (Domain)”

  1. Hello, thank you for the informative overview of getting a web domain. I have heard that some people use Jaaxy to find a good domain name, what do you think about this? Do you think that it is in your best interest to create a domain name through good keywords, or to just come up with something that makes sense for your chosen niche?

    1. Hi Jacob and thank you for visiting us today!

      And thank you for an your excellent questions! 

      I actually think that using Jaaxy to find a domain name is a great idea. There are so many fakey domain name search websites and I think that using Jaaxy is a legit way to get an idea of whether the name is truly available. 

      I also think that it is easier to find a name related to your niche this way. I know that I was told not to use my name or any other information that I would not want to lose if I ever sold my site, so I went for a niche website name, and I am happy with the choice. 


      Irma 🙂

  2. Recently there have been a ton of domain extensions that you can buy like “.biz, .tv, .info” and so on. But from what I’ve read they have a hard time ranking in Google since they are used so rarely. I guess sticking with the basic “.com” is the way to go when you are setting up your site for the first time.

    Do you think it’s important to also buy the “.org and .net” versions of your site name so that other people don’t get them?

    Seeing as how domain names are fairly cheap, it would be a doable thing, but I wasn’t really sure if it was needed or not.

    1. Hello and thank you for your comments!

      I had considered purchasing .net and .org for myself as well, but so many people say that just having the .com means your site will likely be chosen first over .net and both .com and .net will be chosen over .org, as well as regional extensions. 

      I think if you have a small niche, .com is just fine. I think it is easier to rank for a .com than the other two. If you are concerned about someone out ranking you with the .net or .org, spend the money for a year and see how things go.


      Irma 🙂

  3. I think with so many domain name providers available, it’s a struggle to find the best one offering highly competitive prices for domains and hosting.

    I visited GoDaddy, Namecheap, and Hostgator to name a few, but I can’t decide where to get a domain for my website from lol.

    My website is on the WordPress platform and I’m currently using a free sub domain, but I have the option to make it into my own site. 🙂

    So I guess it’s just a case of now visiting some domain/hosting sites for the best bang for my buck.

    Thanks for the guidance.


    1. Hi Neil,

      I would hesitate to recommend any one site since the deals that you can get vary widely. Keep in mind that most sites use the US dollar for their pricing, so if you live outside the USA, you need to consider the exchange rate; I know it was a bit of a surprise for me! However, it is still a very reasonable price to start your own business!

      Good luck with your website!!


  4. Hi Irma!

    There’s actually a lot of places where you can host your sites and get domains.

    I’ve always found it very difficult to find the best one and to understand all the conditions, prices, what’s included and so on.

    It’s very helpful to have everything in an all-in-one platform as Wealthy Affiliate offers, so I totally recommend it for beginners who don’t want to deal with several services suppliers, upsells, etc.

    Nice article! Thanks for the info! 🙂

    1. Hello and thank you for your input!

      Yes, there are lots of places to get domains and hosting, but not all of them offer the same deals.

      Wealthy Affiliate does have everything, and makes it easy to get started!



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