Starting a website? well, if the answer is yes then the very first thing you need is a domain name.
You already know what a domain name is, so I’ll not bore you with all the history and a bunch of stuff like ICANN, etc. Rather, I’ll directly show you where to get it and then how to buy your own domain name. Sound fair enough?
Where to Buy your domain name?
Luckily there are thousands of options to choose from but this also makes things confusing. which are the best companies with awesome support, prices, and overall customer experience?
I’ll tell you with my experience. I’ve been using NameCheap (affiliate link) for Registering my domains and I’m honestly loving it. There hasn’t been a single problem since. Everything is going very smooth.
There’s another giant called GoDaddy in the industry, it’s largely known for domain registration. It’s also a decent choice.
But don’t go any further than that. If I would have to recommend you one, I would recommend NameCheap, just because their prices are a little bit lower than GoDaddy. I like it’s UI (User Interface, Less Upsells, etc.
Talking about the price of a domain, fortunately, they’re really cheap and only cost about 12 USD annually if you get yours through NameCheap. If you Register from GoDaddy, they are 12 USD for the first year, after that, it’s 15 USD per year. Basically, you’ll save about 3 USD per year (from the second year) if you go with NameCheap.
See I just saved you 3 dollars. Now, you owe me a coffee. lol.
How to Buy your domain name through NameCheap?
The process of registering your domain name is extremely simple and easy (thanks to the simple NameCheap UI)
Just follow these steps in within next 10 minutes, you’ll have your domain name registered to your name (how exciting is that. right?).
Step 1: Go to NameCheap
Obviously, the first step is to go to the NameCheap website, where you can go by clicking here.
Full Transparency: This post contains my affiliate link of NameCheap which means that I’ll get a small cut if you make a purchase through my link. It’s obviously at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support 🙂
In the field, enter the domain name that you want to register and click the search button. This could be a .com or .net domain or whatever you want. Though try going for the .com domain as they are more professional and mainstream.
Step 2: Add to Basket
Next, you’ll see if your domain name is available or not. If your domain is not available, try choosing a different one or choose a different extension like .co or .org or .net, etc.
In case it’s available (congrats!), Click on the little Basket button as shown in the Image below.
Then, click on the “View Cart” Button.
After that, choose the number of years you want to register your domain name for, turn ON the auto-renewal for your domain name and WHOIS protection (it basically protects your personal information from Telemarketers, scammers, etc).
Surprise. Surprise. See, I completely forgot to tell you that NameCheap also gives one year of free WHOIS protection (GoDaddy charges 8 USD per year for this). After 1 Year it’s just 3 USD per year (GoDaddy charges 10 dollars after the first year). This whole WHOIS protection thing is completely optional so if you don’t wish to renew, that’s your wish. It’s recommended though.
Step 3: Sign Up or Sign In
If you’re reading this article, you probably don’t have an account on NameCheap. So that’s what you’ll need to do – Sign Up for your NameCheap account. Simply Enter your Name, email, etc and click on the big create account button.
After creating your account, you’ll set up your Billing information. So go ahead and do that.
Also, make sure to confirm your email if they ask you to do so. You already know how to confirm email. There’s no rocket science in it. Just click on the Link in the email that you get from NameCheap.
After that, quickly look at the summary of your order and click on pay now as shown in the Image below.
That’s it. You’ve successfully registered your domain name.
That’s all there is to registering domain names. Wasn’t it super easy?
Now you can log in to your NameCheap dashboard and manage your domain name from there.
Thanks for reading this article. I hope it was helpful. I’ll See you in the next one. Peace.