Anyone can register a website domain, whether they are an individual or a business. This article explains how to purchase a domain name and what to consider before choosing and registering a domain.
The first and most important decision is to choose the words which make up the domain. An actor would most likely choose their full name. A school or charity would choose the name they are known by. Consider the reasons for wanting a domain name. If the domain is for a business website, then the business owner will almost certainly want the website to be found in the search engine results. But will customers search for the business name or a particular product or service? The choice of words which make up a domain name can be important in achieving good placement in the search engines and make a big difference in the number of visitors finding a website.
Having chosen a name, the next step is to find a reputable website which sells domains. Do some research - compare prices and renewal policies. Find out if the company will automatically renew the website before it expires. Otherwise, a website will suddenly disappear from the internet if the domain is not renewed. Domain name sellers usually have an on-line domain checker so that a purchaser may establish which domains are available. Every domain must be unique and there are several domain suffixes, including .com, .co.uk, .info, .biz and .gov. Some business may purchase several domains with different suffixes in order to avoid anyone else using them.
In choosing a domain name, do not use any names which may be copyrighted. Whilst you may be able to buy such as domain, this is actually illegal. For example, Tesco.com and Tesco.co.uk are domain names of a popular supermarket. Choosing a name such as "tescobargains.com" could certainly result in legal action being taken. If your first choice of a name has already been sold, consider possible alternatives and the viability of competing with other established websites with similar names.
Once a domain name has been chosen and found to be available for purchase, it is a very simple procedure to buy the domain using a credit card. During the purchase, registration details will be taken including the name and address of the domain owner. These details will then be available to the general public. It may be possible to request that address details be hidden from publicly available information during the registration process.
Domain names may be purchased and registered for 12 months or longer, and should then renewed shortly before they expire. Make sure that credit card details held by the domain registration company are always updated when a new card is issued. Failure to do this could result in expiry of a domain name.