Once you have decided on a name for your website, your next step is to register that name with a Domain Registrar company. (There are affiliate links in this post.) A couple that I recommend are GoDaddy and NameCheap. In this article, I am going to show you how to register with GoDaddy.
Registering a domain name with GoDaddy
So, first off, click on this GoDaddy link and it will take you to their website. Then go to top right of the screen and select register to create yourself an account. Register as New Customer.
After entering your personal information and completing your registration you should be at the main screen.
Select the domain tab and then select find a domain. You should see a search box like below.
Enter your name in the search box and click on Search Domain. If it is available you will see the screen below with my example.
Now you want to go to your cart and pay for the domain. You can do one year at a time, but just fair warning, that Search engines like to see a domain registered for more than one year.
After you have selected the length and began the checkout, you will be asked to purchase addons. The only one I would recommend you purchase would be the Whois Privacy as this protects your personal information. But its up to you.
Finish checking out and paying with your credit card then you will be taken back to the main dashboard.
Click on the first green button on the right to manage your domains. You will see the screen below with your domain you just registered.
Congratulations! Your name is registered.
It usually takes about 24 hours for the new domain name to propagate out across the internet. That should give you time to find web hosting for your website.
After your web hosting has been set up, you will need to return to this area of GoDaddy to change the name servers. They will be given to your when you receive your welcome email from your new web host.
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