Okay so you’ve got your business idea in the bag. Next you need a name!
After figuring out your business idea, finding a name for your business is literally the hardest thing. If you are offering your services it could be best just to use your own name. If you are opening a store maybe naming it after the products you sell. You could even do what Post Malone did to find his name and use a business name generator. A business name is a very personal thing to create and unfortunately I can’t help you with that, however I can help you register your domain name.
Once you are sold on your business name it is time to check if it is available online. Doing a basic search of yourdomain.com or yourdomain.com.au will determine whether your chosen name is available or not. If the link doesn’t go anywhere then your name is available.
I use Namecheap to register all of mine and my clients domain names. Namecheap has great support, affordable prices and I have never had any issues after being with them since 2016. If you choose a different company the domain registering process should be very similar.
1. To register your domain name visit Namecheap.com and use the search bar to search for your chosen domain name.
A list of domains will appear ending in things like .com, .org, .net etc. If you can, you will always want to go with .com domain name because .com is by far the most common extension. Most people will assume your businesses website will be [your business name].com.
The .org extension is a good choice for charity or non-profit sites as it can give you a bump in social credence or validation. A .net extension would be the last choice of these 3 options. .net is better than other extensions but has lower rankings weight than matching .com and .org extensions.
2. Select the Add to Cart button next to your chosen domain then View Cart.
The average domain will cost between $10-$15 a year. You can choose how many years you want to register your domain for. In the beginning I only registered mine for 1 year to see how my business went. I’m glad I did this because I ended up changing my business name from clairesempfdesign.com to sevensands.com.au.
3. From here it is pretty straight forward, go to Confirm Order and Complete the Checkout.
You may be wondering why can’t I just register a free domain with my hosting? It is better to keep your domain and hosting separate.
If you decide one day you are not happy with your website host or your domain name registrar it is so easy to move. I have had to move clients website from their current host to new hosts and unfortunately there had there domains connected to the same place so I had to run around chasing EPP codes to release the domain.
If they were in different places it would have been a much easier and smoother process.
Another reason to have them seperate is to improve security. With everything spread out (different logins/passwords) access to one wouldn’t be much of an advantage. If everything is kept in one place someone could login, delete all your site files and point your domain to another website all by figuring out one login.
I hope this post has helped you learn more about domain names and registering domains. If you have any questions please leave a comment below or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need some help registering your own domain.