You have found a niche that you would like to focus your website around, and are ready to buy a domain.
Purchasing a Domain, Finding the Right One
This part can be both fun and frustrating; finding a good domain name is very exciting (at least for me) but a lot of the time the ones you want are already taken and that can be very frustrating.
Take your time and write down a few domains you would like to use.
Let’s use a site whose niche is about ‘banking reviews’ (for lack of a better subject).
Some domain choices they may want to use could be:
‘bankreviews.com’, ‘bankreviewsonline.com’, ‘bankingreviews.com’, and ‘onlinebankingreviews.com’ to name a few.
Keep in mind that there are a lot of other options instead of ‘.com’; so if you really like a domain name but the ‘.com’ is taken try looking for ‘.net’ or ‘.us’; there are a lot of options for the tail end of your domain.
Purchasing a Domain, Where to Buy?
There are so many options when it comes to a company to buy the domain through. I like to use NameCheap.com; they have some of the cheapest options on the internet and have a great number of resources. They also have great incentives, offer a free domain name with the purchase of web hosting, and often give a discount at checkout.
But do some research; if you are on a tighter budget you may be able to find a site the offers them cheaper than the one mentioned above. Be careful, though, you don’t want to be stuck with a host of poor quality and bad support.
I would stay away from the big name companies like GoDaddy; they tend to cost more and often tack on other charges for items you may not want or need. Their hosting almost always tends to be more expensive as well, but we will get into that more in the next lesson.
Purchasing a Domain, What is Next?
Ok, now that you have your domain you happy with and are ready to check out; what is next? Most sites that offer domain purchases also let you host the domains with them on their servers. If this is the case hold on and continue with the next lesson now.
If the site you are buying the domain from is not offering you the option to purchase hosting, you may still go ahead and buy the domain; or you can back out and go to go NameCheap; you can get the same domain with them, and they also offer cheap hosting and great hosting.
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or have some advice for our readers; thanks!