Before creating a new website, it is necessary to buy a domain name. Although it is possible to use subdomains on some blogging sites, the purchase of a domain means the new owner has complete control. With control of the domain, the user may customize each aspect of the site. Registrars that sell domains frequently offer hosting and email packages.

Before deciding on a single domain name for personal or business use, it’s best to identify several possibilities. A first choice domain may already be in use. Search the registrar site to verify if the name or names are for sale.

Choosing a Domain Name

Consider search engine optimization before selecting a domain name. If the domain is a personal website, the owner may prefer his or her name. If the desired domain name is already in use, add a middle initial or elect the first initial and last name configuration.

If the domain name is for a business product or service, choose a keyword or description of the business. If the business already has a strong brand presence, reserving the brand name can be a wise choice.


Domain Extension Choices

A chosen domain may have several or many extension possibilities available, such as dot com or dot org. To prevent other buyers from registering a personal or business name site, many registrants purchase all available extensions right away.

After clicking on the domain and extensions, it’s important to review price options. Again, to ensure continuity and ownership of the new domain name, it’s best to purchase the longest registration times available.


Domain Protection and Privacy

In order to register a new domain name, the buyer must provide WHOIS details. WHOIS was originally created to enable system admin professionals to contact or identify site owners for purposes of Internet Protocol (IP) address assignment.

If the domain buyers would rather keep his or her private information from prying eyes, it is possible to purchase a domain protection or privacy service at the time of domain registration. The registrar communicates with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) to coordinate protocol and Internet address names.

Although ICANN requires the new domain registrant to provide WHOIS details, such as name, telephone number, email address, and physical address, a privacy or protection service can provide their data instead.

It’s a simple task for marketers or spammers to search the WHOIS system for domain owner information. If the individual or business wants to keep contact information private and restrict its availability on the Internet, domain privacy prevents unwanted access to this data.


Paying for a Domain Registration

After entering registration details, the largest registrars make it easy to finalize the transaction. The new owner enters business details and selects a payment option.

After paying for the domain and other services, the new domain owner receives a confirmation email from the registrar.