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Advice on How to Buy a Domain Name

Updated April 17, 2017

For some, purchasing the right domain name for their website might seem like a simple choice. In actuality, buying the perfect domain name takes a considerable amount of thought and consideration of a few important factors.

Check Availability

Visit Instant Domain Search or Check Domain to check the availability of your desired domain name. With these tools, you won't have to worry about setting up payment or hosting for a domain name that's already taken.

Purchase the Domain

When it comes to purchasing your domain, you have two options. You can either buy it through your web hosting provider (usually the best option for those in the process of signing up for hosting) or you can purchase it independent of any hosting packages (a good choice for those hosting on their own servers.) Companies like GoDaddy, BlueHost and JustHost offer both domain name and hosting packages.

Register the Domain

After the purchase, you need to register your domain name. Registration reserves the domain name for you and enters your information in a publicly-accessible domain name registry. Many web experts advise against registering with your hosting provider (in order to make a future transfer to another provider easier) so visit Reg Select to comparison shop between domain registrars.

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About the Author

Graham Brown began writing in 2007 with the Anderson Media Group in Anderson, Ind. Brown's writing has been published in the "Falls Report" magazine, a business publication for central Indiana. In 2010, Brown was featured in the "Wall Street Journal" as an outstanding business student after graduating with a bachelor's degree in business management from Anderson University.