Even those who are not prepared to create and publish a new website right away should think about registering their own domain name. There are many people who register domains “just in case”. Namely, they may or may not launch a website, but they simply think that the name they have selected is worth registering. When choosing a domain name, you should look for a word or a few words that mirror your business, your personality or your services/products. A domain name can make you look more professional and reliable. Selecting a suitable name is the first step in this process and for many people, this is the hardest step to make.

Now let’s see how anyone can register a domain name, the easy way. First and foremost, you should select a few different names for your site. In case you are fancy a dot com domain name, be prepared for disappointments because many of the dot com domain names are already reserved. So, select a few names before you start with the registration process. Think about using dot org, dot net or dot biz extensions too.

After that, you should select a registrar that will help you register the domain. Register.com, NameCheap, GoDaddy – these are just some of the dozens of registrars that can help you. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN is the organization that provides authorization to registrars to sell domains. So, whenever you are looking for a registrar, make sure that they are ICANN authorized. Keep in mind that most of these registrars are offering hosting solutions, so make sure to analyze the offers.

Once you select a registrar, check the availability of your domain name. Many registrars will provide suggestions in case your domain name is reserved. They can also provide communication with the domain name owner, so you can buy it from them.

During the registration process, you will also need to fill the required contact information. This information is visible to the world, but for a certain price, you can keep this information hidden. Don’t forget that when you are registering your domain name, you will get a chance to select the length of registration. The typical range of registration is between one and ten years – choosing more than one-year promises discounts.

Finally, pay the domain name and finish the registration process with your PayPal account or your credit/debit card.

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