Video:Choose and Register a Website Domainwith Don Schechter
One of the first steps to building your own website is registering a domain name. See how to choose a name, then register it using a web hosting service.See Transcript
Transcript:Choose and Register a Website DomainHi, I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing. Today I'll show you how to choose and register a domain for a website.
Choose a Domain NameWhen you're thinking about a domain try and keep it clear and concise. You might want to avoid long sentences, dashes, and hard to remember acronyms.
Check Domain Name AvailabilityYou can type in the address to see if someone else already owns it, but keep in mind that someone may own the domain but not have anything up yet.
Your best course of action is to go to one of the many web hosting companies such as bluehost.com or godaddy.com. Today I'll actually go to verio.com and here like on many other sites- there is a box where I can enter in the name of the site I want.
Test Domain Name AvailabilityI'll type in "about" and hit go. That domain is obviously unavailable, but I am offered similar domains such as abouts.info. It's generally a good idea to stick with the more popular .com, .org, and .edu. .Com is often used for both business and personal uses, .org for organizations and non-profits, and .edu for educational institutions.
I'll click 'try another name,' and now type in my own name. Now I'll hit 'search.'
It's actually available, and for $9.95 a year I can register the domain. Keep in mind that this does not mean I have space to put up the website. I'm just laying a claim to that domain name for as long as I keep paying.
Research Web Hosting PlansIf I click 'order now,' I can buy it. As with many companies I can now add a web hosting plan. Here's one plan (the bottom one) that includes 10 gigabytes of disk space and 200 email accounts for 19.95 a month. Many sites offer many different rates and services, so you may want to shop around before settling on one.
Register the Domain NameOnce you purchase your domain and hosting plan you'll receive an email with instructions on how to access your site.
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