Register a domain name for your web site
One of the first things you need when starting with a web site and internet marketing is a domain name. After all, this domain name will become your “website address” and will become one of the most important things on your way to success in online marketing.
OK, that being said, the next issue would be to find the best place to buy your domain name. I have been in online marketing for over 25 years now (yep, I started way back in 1990), and I have tried quite some different registrars like GoDaddy, NameCheap, Moniker, DynaDot, etc… But I finally ended up moving away from all of them for one or several reasons like hidden charges, too high rates, complicated user interface… Until I finally a friend of mine commented me that he was very satisfied with NameSilo because they offer extremely competitive prices, have no hidden fees at all and have a very intuitive and easy user panel. So, I decided to give Name Silo a try as well, and have to admit that I haven’t looked back since.
With respect to their competitive prices, I can tell you that a .com domain will only cost you $8.99. This is already one of the lowest (if not he lowest) prices. But that is not all. They also include a FREE lifetime whois privacy. This means that when some surfer looks up the ownership of your domain (which is called a “whois lookup”), he won’t be able to see your personal data like name, address or email. Instead, he will only see some anonymous data provided by the registrar. This alone is an extra for which most of the other registrars will charge you several bucks more.
And just in case you’d ask me, my next best choice would be NameCheap. This registrar has also a quite nice and easy user backend, and doesn’t have any hidden charges. However, as you can see in the table down here their domains are a couple of bucks more expensive, and on top of that you would also have to pay an extra $2.88/year for whois privacy. And neither do they offer protection, not even paid… In short, this second option is good as well, but will cost you $4-5 per year more than NameSilo.
Now, what kind of a domain name is best to register? You will have to be aware that most surfers will easily remember short and catchy names, and preferably with a .com extension. So, try keep your domain name as short as possible. But, at the same time, attempt to find a name that is relevant to your business. Don’t be in a hurry to take this decision. Take your time to find a nice, short and relevant name.
Once you have registered your domain name, you will be ready to start building your web site. But I will explain all the details about web hosting in another tutorial. Right now, my aim is to explain exactly the different steps to register a domain name at Name Silo.
The very first thing you would need to do is to create an account at NameSilo.com :
Once you have created and set up your NameSilo account, you log in with the username and password you selected, and proceed to search your domain:
Every time you perform a search to check for the availability of a certain name, NameSilo will display the results for a wide range of extensions. If the name has already been registered by someone else, the result will reflect the word “Registered” on an orange background. However, in the case the name hasn’t been registered yet, you will have the option to select it for registration (as shown on the screenshot down here):
Next, you will be presented with the shopping cart where you will need to provide some extra details like the auto-renew option, the number of years you would like to register the domain, privacy settings or name servers. If you already have a hosting account, you can enter the name servers provided by your hosting company. If you still haven’t got one, you can enter that information later on.
At the bottom, you will see that the whois privacy function is included, as well as the ICANN and processing fees. In other words: no hidden fees at all!
As soon as you click the “Continue” button, you will be presented with an extensive list of payment methods. And as you can see down here, you can pay with all the mayor credit cards and PayPal, amongst others.
You select the payment option you prefer, enter the corresponding data, and that’s it! You are now the proud owner of a brand new domain…