The process of registering a domain name is actually very fast and fairly straight forward.
Domain names disappear extremely fast. Many people claim that all the good domain names are gone. I doubt that — but it is probably true that most good domain names that are descriptive of products and services have been taken. If you want a domain name for your site, I suggest you act now, or face the anguish of having lost that name later. After all, US$10 (more or less) for a year’s ownership of the name is pretty cheap when you realise that you’re cornering a good name for your website.
Steps to registering a domain:
- Choose a good domain name that reflects your business
- We have a really good article on this in our blog. Read this post for more details on how to choose your name
- Use the following form to find out if your new name is available:
- Visit the site of a Registrar to purchase the domain
- Most web hosting companies also provide domain registration services. The sometimes offer bundles such as a hosting package for 1 year that includes a free domain registration.
- Enter the mandatory contact details for that domain
- This is a requirement by ICANN which is the organization that governs domain names on the internet. The contact details associated to a domain become publicly available and must be updated / confirmed once per year.
- Point the domain towards the nameservers of your hosting provider
- If you purchase a domain name from a web hosting company, usually this step is done automatically however if it is not done for you, then you should contact your specific hosting provider for specific instructions on how to perform this task.
Once registered, a domain name can take anywhere from 24 hours to 72 hours to propagate onto the internet and become publicly available. Registering a domain name is the first step in your website design.