Domain Names & Hosting
Domain Names & Web Hosting
Choosing a Domain Name
The first step of any website design process is finding the right domain name! The most obvious domain name to choose is your company or business name. There are also options to choose a domain name that incorporates some of your keywords. There is value to a domain name that contains keywords, but for marketing and branding purposes, it’s always a good idea to have your company name be your domain name.
When purchasing a domain name, it can be a good idea to purchase several domains so that you have options for the future. This includes ‘.com’, ‘.org’, ‘.net’, etc. versions of the same domain name.
Once you have an idea for your domain name – it’s time to check if it’s available! A great resource that we like to use at Design & Promote for helping potential web design clients find their domain name availability is: http://www.domaintools.com/research/domain-search/.
Where do I buy a Domain Name?
There are several trusted places to buy a domain name, also called a Domain Registrar. Here’s a list of some of our favorite ones:
You can also get great deals at certain Domain Registrars at different times, so be sure to check each website for the best deal!
*It’s also important to make sure YOU are the legal owner of your domain. If you are working with a web company that is purchasing your domain under their registered account somewhere – it can be very difficult to get control of your domain in case you want to stop using their services. Make sure you ask the company you’re working with to set up an account under a Domain Registrar that is in your name!
Okay – I Have a Domain Name…
Congratulations! It’s always exciting to be an owner of a piece of internet property! Unfortunately, having a domain name itself isn’t going to be enough. In order to have a website, you need a domain name AND web hosting.
How Do I Get Web Hosting?
Just like getting a domain name, you can purchase web hosting from a multitude of places. However, choosing the right hosting company is much more important than where you buy a domain from.
There are many factors you want to research when finding a host, like:
- Server Speeds
- Email availability – some places will offer free email accounts
- cPanel usability
- Shared Server or Dedicated Server availability
- Windows or Linux Server availability
- And most importantly – Customer service that you can trust to be helpful and knowledgable!
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