How to Obtain a URL
The first thing you need when starting a website is to obtain a URL. A URL (Universal Resource Locator) is your address on the Web. This is also referred to as a domain name. You will see buying an URL referred to as registering a domain name. It is all the same thing. To purchase or register a domain name, you go through a company called a domain registrar.
Come up with ideas for your URL. Many names are already taken so have a list of ideas to work with.
Go to one of the major domain registrars and set up an account. If you already have a hosting service, it might include the cost of registering a domain name in the hosting package. If this is the case, follow its instructions as to which registrar to use.
Use the registrar's search function to check if the domain name you desire is available. Continue to do so until you find one you like.
Consider how you want your name registered. It can be done as a .com, .net, .me or many other ways.
Sign into your account at your selected registrar.
Enter the URL you have selected.
Follow the website instructions for completing the domain name registration.
Tips & Warnings
- There are often special pricing offers from the major domain registrars. Check for specials before deciding on a registrar.