Blog Starter - Step 3 Buy a Domain Name

What is Domain Name?
A domain name is your personalized website address or URL (Uniform Resource Locator), it is an identification string that defines a control with the internet. It is formed by DNS (Domain Name System) rules and procedures.


Do I Really Need to Have a Domain Name?
Not necessarily if you are using FREE blogging platforms, it allows you to host your site using a subdomain (example: blogspot.com, wordpress.com or tumblr.com). However, if you want to be serious in blogging and want to establish your name, product and or services as a brand, this should be your first priority. Secure your own website by registering a domain name.

When I started blogging, I did not have a solid niche or idea, so I just use the subdomain signing-up with blogger. But when I finally identify my niche, I choose to register my own name as a brand. Go for the obvious when selecting a domain name, keep it simple, straightforward and appropriate to the purpose of your blog. This helps your target audience remember and recognize you in the process. 

How to Buy a Domain Name?
Select a domain registrar company that is known and trusted. A domain name can cost from 1$ to 12$ for starter per year, though you can also find domain names that is for sale up to million dollars, these are in demand domain names that is sold by resellers as a business (We will talk about that as another subject). I bought most of my domain name at Go Daddy, though there are a lot of company online that offers free domain if you subscribe to their hosting plans – that’s our next step.

All domains are required to have personal contact information that includes your name, physical address, phone number and email. It is required by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), it is a non-profit organization that governs all domains. Be informed that your information is filed into a public online directory called WHOIS, this will enable other people to check availability of domain names. You can also opt for privacy to avoid spammers for an extra cost.

Owning a domain name needs to paid every year, though you can also opt for 10 years. Failure of payment could open for other people to buy your domain name. After registering, usually you need to wait for about 24-48 hours before your domain becomes active. To point that web address to your current blog with subdomain is very easy, just follow the instruction on your chosen platform, all are very user-friendly. Once you’re all set with this, next to focus on is hosting, especially for those who selected WordPress.

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