If you are planning to have a website or already have one, you should seriously consider registering your own domain name. A domain name is basically a name which you can use to refer to your business website. Note that you don’t have to be a registered company or organization to register a domain name.
Why is it essential to have a domain name?
A domain name will give your business credibility. In today’s world, nearly everyone you meet and introduce your business to will want to know more about you before engaging your services. If you do not have an official domain name and an active website, the chances are that your potential clients will doubt your seriousness and in many cases ignore your business proposal.
An official domain name that describes your company’s business can quickly help you attract clients who are in need of your services. Ideally, potential clients who may have interacted with you at one point can easily remember the name and return to your site without necessarily having to go through their documents.
Getting a domain name entails registering the name you want with an authorized organization called ICAAN through a domain name registrar. For example, if you decide to use a name like domain.com, you will have to contact a registrar and pay an agreed amount as registration fee which usually ranges between $10 and $35.
After you meet these requirements, you’ll be given the rights to own a name for a year after which you will be required to renew your application for the same amount. While some registrar allows clients typically to register the names for free, some usually need clients to foot the bill before being granted authorization.
How to register a domain name
Research and identify a name that best suits the services you provide. Proper research should be done both online and offline. Simply develop a list of some of the best names and pick the best one.
Contac a domain name registrar and ask them to register your preferred name. You may be required to make payments for this service, so, ensure you have enough cash in your credit card or PayPal account.
Proceed with the steps as instructed and provided all the details needed. If you already have a webhost, obtain from them the names of their name servers; both primary and secondary. If you do not have one, allow the registrar to park your domain name in a temporary website that will be specially set up for you.