How to Buy a Web Domain

There are many reasons to buy a Web domain. You may want one to establish a website or blog, to prevent others from taking a site name that's similar to one you already own, or to hold onto the Web domain and later sell it for more. Whatever your reason, learn exactly what you need to know to buy a Web domain.

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Decide if you want to pay big money for a pre-made name or if you want to save money and think of a name yourself. If you decide to select a name yourself, keep in mind that the name should be short and easy for your visitors to remember. In addition, it should include no punctuation, and only use words that best represent the content of your site.

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Buy a Web domain. At the time of publication, prices for a pre-made Web domain commonly range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, where a domain name that more closely follows the guidelines in the previous step is more expensive than a name that doesn't. To buy a Web domain, navigate to a site that sells domain names. Go Daddy (godaddy.com), HostGator (hostgator.com) and Register.com are a few of the sites that sell domain names. Next, find the name you want, either by searching or by browsing manually. Then pay the asking price or email the seller with your best offer.

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Register your domain name. If you have a domain name in mind, find a site that registers domain names, and use the site's search function to determine if the name is available. If it is, pay the required registration fee. Note that the name needs to be renewed after a certain period of time. Otherwise, someone can take it from you after it expires. A 1-year registration is common, with larger discounts usually given the longer you register the name for.

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Consider web hosting. If you're planning to build a site right after you buy a Web domain, it's usually faster and cheaper to buy a Web domain and hosting together, as the hosting company usually offers to register your domain name for free. If you decide to change hosts in the future, you usually retain full rights to the name just as if you had registered it separately.

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Search around for the best domain name registrars if you're only registering a name. Otherwise, search domain name sellers if you want to buy a Web domain. Or search Web hosts if you want to buy a Web domain and hosting together. Research each company carefully to make sure you're not only getting a legitimate deal, but the cheapest and best deal as well.