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How to Register a DomainSo you decided to take the plunge and get a domain name, eh? Congratulations!
Registering a domain name is very easy . . . find an available domain name is the hardest part. If you need help finding a domain name, see my article, Find a Domain Name. It will give some great ideas for finding a domain name with high search engine value.
Registering a domain name is this easy:
Wow, is that easy or what?
Where to Search for a Domain NameI guess if you're going to search for a domain name you might need to know where to look. Brilliant analysis by me, eh?
You can search for available domain names at any domain name registrar. Personally, I like Dynadot the best, but NameCheap. Both offer very reasonable prices.
There are many, many other registrars, just make sure the one you use is ICANN accredited. All four of the registrars I use are accredited. Here is the official list of accredited registrars.
ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is a not-for-profit, public-benefit corporation dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on Internet domain names.
There are some registrars that are difficult to use, and some that make it very difficult to transfer to another registrar if you are unhappy with them. If you don't use the registrars I do, make sure you do your homework so you don't get stuck with a poor registrar.
How to Get a Free Domain Name!Many web hosts are now offering a free domain name with their hosting plans. Some are free for the first year, some are free for life as long as you keep hosting your site with them. Here are a few hosts that offer great hosting plans at very good prices, and give you a free domain name:
Domain Registration TipsHere are a few more domain name registration tips.
I mention it though, because you may want to consider registering various top level domain extensions of your primary domain. You can have any traffic an alternate domain gets forwarded to your primary domain.
There you go . . . registering a domain name really is pretty easy. Good luck with your new site!
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