Choosing a domain name is one of the more enjoyable business startups’ first steps. This could literally make or break your online business from the online starting gate. But you can’t choose a domain name until you have selected a Domain Name Registrar. A Registrar is where you buy and register your new domain name. From our Registrar experience from owning and working with 100’s of domains and start-up companies. ExcitedEYE Corp has laid out a few steps to consider before purchasing your domain.
Considerations for Registrars when Purchasing a Domain Name
The Top 5 Priorities when selecting Domain Registrars are:
- Additional Services
Pricing for a domain is usually somewhere between $6-15. The top domain registrars sometimes also offer additional services, such as website hosting; email services, simplifying the task of registering a domain name, and setting up a website a 1 stop purchasing process. It’s important to understand that web domain addresses and domain hosting are 2 separate services – and access to a hosting account with your domain is something worth considering when choosing your preferred registrar.
There is a multitude of Domain Name Registrars, here are the most popular based on our web development experience:
- Google Domains
All of these registrars have purchasing options that will give you a deal on either your domain address purchase, domain hosting purchase, and/or Email hosting. Some hosting companies offer free domain names with the purchase of hosting, etc.
If you are a startup or a new online entrepreneur, I would usually suggest you go with a registrar such as Godaddy. Be careful of their upsells! But they are in our opinion, by far the best option for someone learning about being online. Take note of all their upsells, you may need to purchase those options later on. They will do their best to upsell you on EVERYTHING in their product database. Learn as you start your online adventure!
15 Best Practices When Selecting Your Domain Names Web Address
- If you are concerned with Seach Engine Optimization, Choose a .com
- Use your top keywords in your domain web address search
- Keep your domain name short
- Make it simple to pronounce and spell
- Keep it unique and brandable
- Avoid hyphens
- Avoid doubled letters
- Leave room to expand
- Research your domain name
- Use domain generators for clever ideas
- Act quickly before someone else takes it
- Best place to register a domain name
- Get a free domain with web hosting
- Most popular domain registrars
- CHECK SPELLING!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this is one of the more enjoyable parts of creating your online startup. Because after you have completed these steps, you may not see the light of day or your family’s faces for a bit. As it’s all work from here on out!
ExcitedEYE Corp Webmaster Services is available to help mitigate these website setup steps to ensure you have made the best decisions for your budget and your startup business. We have extensive experience in all aspects of the initial setup and migration of domain or hosting platforms.