In this second part of the tutorial, you are going to discover how to come up with an original name for your website and how to register it through a domain registrar.
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is the name of your website followed by an extension like [.com, .net, .co.uk…], etc.
Every website has a unique name that identifies it on the World Wide Web.
Visitors remember the name (domain name) of their favorite websites in order to view them on their browsers whenever they want to by typing the “www” dot (.) website’s name dot (.) extension [com or net or org…], such as www.google.com, www.facebook.com, www.ebay.com, etc.
Getting a Domain Name
To have a domain name for your website, you should buy one from a company called a domain registrar. The company will register your domain name for a period between 1 and 10 years for an average price of $10 a year.
When it comes to the step of registering a domain name, I always recommend established companies with which registering a domain name is fast, easy, and secure.
The customer services of most established companies are responsive & available 24/7. This is very important so that in case you run into a problem, you’ll fix it quickly whenever you want, anytime you want.
How to Choose a Domain Name? Some Ideas
Bear in mind that a good domain name must be short, catchy, and easy to remember. Choosing a domain name is a very important step for a business. For that, don’t rush, have a cup of coffee, take your time, and think about some words related to your business or website content and then try to come up with a good name, try multiple combinations until you find what you wish for.
Here are some creative ideas used by professional domain registrators:
Putting words together: like Facebook, YouTube.
Writing short phrases: like MySpace, SecondLife, StumbleUpon.
Slogans: like justdoit.com(Nike).
Combining parts of words: Microsoft, Wikipedia.
Misspelling words: like Flickr, Digg.
Change or add letters to words: like iPhone, iTunes.
Invent new words: like Clevious, Etsy.
Words from other languages: like Joomla.
Constituting words with unusual extensions: like del.icio.us.
In most domain registrars websites, there’s a search bar. You can use it to search for the availability of your domain name. If the domain name is already taken, the domain registrar will let you know and suggests other domain names.
For this tutorial, we tried “smarthouse”.Unfortunately, we found that it is already taken.
To resolve the problem, we can add some suffixes, prefixes, or even words and try again.Luckily, by concatenating the word “future” our domain name is available and ready to be bought.
While on Checkout Page
Before getting the domain name, and while on the checkout page, the domain registrar may ask you to buy other services like the Web Hosting Service and the Whois-guard (A privacy protection that will hide your domain name information on the World Wide Web); you’d better buy them all at once and stop worrying about linking your domain name to your host: it will be automatically set up.