Purchasing A Domain Name For A Website
Funny story…I was around 13 years old when my parents bought a computer. That was around 20 years ago, give or take a few years! I had big dreams of becoming the next big teenage internet entrepreneur. But, unfortunately, I did not develop the skills needed to create anything on the internet, until later in life. I can remember purchasing a domain name for a website I had in mind. But, after creating the domain name, I really had no idea how to make the website work. Now that I have created many blogs and websites, I know exactly what to do.
While looking into purchasing a domain name for a website, carefully select a name. After selecting a domain name, you will need to purchase hosting. It is very important to note that if you blog awhile under that name, it will eventually become a brand and that is why you want to carefully choose a name that you will stay with. As an established blogger, it is not a good idea to for you to switch names often. It confuses too many readers when you switch back and forth.
I am currently using Namecheap as a domain name provider and for hosting, as well. Namecheap has been extremely good to me, but I always recommend possibly branching out and discovering other providers. I have used many good ones and some that are super expensive, but do not have great customer service. With Namecheap, I have been very lucky that I can chat with a customer service rep who answers and solves all of my questions, immediately.
Researching Domain Names
In researching what domain to use, one website that is my go-to for figuring out if a domain name is taken, is Whois. I love this website because it gives me the ability to lookup domain names and see if they are taken. And, if it is, I can see if the domain expires, hopefully being axcble to buy it in the future. Also, this website will give you a list of other available domain names. Some of the suggested domain names may be similar to the one you want or maybe even better than your original idea.
My Mommy Blogs was created through this process. I was looking for a name that encompassed the idea of myself being a mommy and a blogger, but the domain name I wanted was taken. This domain name was in the list and it turns out, I loved it more than my original idea!
So, as I have stated before, you will need to purchase a domain name and hosting, to have your website work. There are several other sites that I like to use to research other domains, and I will place them below. But, as always, if you ever need any advice on purchasing a domain for a website, please contact me. I would be happy to walk you through the process!
- Flippa.com (look at the previously sold area)
- DomainTools.com (whois.sc)
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