To Buy Domains - Tips for easy Purchase of your Domain Name

To buy domains for your business website, there are a few quick tips that can make the process easier for you. What is a domain? A domain name is the name of your website. For instance, ebay.com is the domain name for eBay. There are many places to buy domains on the web. You can purchase the domain for a single year or in terms of multiple years. To buy domain names for multiple years is generally the wisest solution. I've had the sad experience of holding a domain for years, and then missing the e-mail notification of it's expiration ... and a few weeks later someone else bought my domain for 5 years!!

Domain registration is relatively inexpensive, with prices at under $10 per year. The fist step to buy a domain is searching for a name. Here are some tips on choosing a domain name for your site:

  • Go with .com – domain names that end in .net, for instance, may be cheaper than domains that end in .com, but most people are going to remember .com. If you have a different ending, you could end up losing customers.
  • Spell your domain name correctly - if you want to name your site “sewing by Susie” and it’s already taken, don’t misspell words on purpose (example: “sewing by sue-z”). Misspellings are hard for your customers to remember, and if they type in the correct spelling of the domain, you may end up sending them to a competitor’s site.
  • Shorter names that are easier to remember work best. If you do a lot of business offline and want your customers to find your website, choose an easy to remember domain name. If you choose something complicated, such as www.flowers4u.com you will need to explain to each person how to spell your domain, otherwise they'll end up at another site!

Once you find an available domain name that you like, it’s time to buy a domain. You can enter a public or private registration. Public registrations will be visible in the whois.com directory. The whois directory allows people to type in a website and view the owner’s personal identity. If you do not want your personal information shown, choose private registration (this will cost a little bit extra).

After you have selected the term of your registration (such as 1, 2 or more years) and decided if you want public or private registration, you only need to enter your billing info and complete your purchase. I hope these tips on how to buy domains can be of assistance to you in building your business! You can find more information on domain names with this article by one of our esteemed contributors.