How To Purchase A Domain

Keegan Lanier | 11 min read

Purchasing Domains

Purchasing a domain is the first step in building your brand new shiny space on the interwebs. A domain is the gateway to your website.  It’s as critical to your website as your phone number is to you.  Most people follow the promotions and visit godaddy or whoever is currently dumping money into advertisement. I’m here to give you a few pointers and a KILLER TIP that will save you time and money.

Places To Purchase A Domain

There are countless places to buy a domain.  Many are really good with great technical support.  I’m going to give you a few places that make it easy and have a nice backend for setting up your domain.  These are some of my favorite places to purchase a domain, but they aren’t necessarily the best places for you to purchase your domain.

  1. 1&1
  2. Google Domains
  3. Namecheap
  4. GoDaddy

 

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Where Should You Purchase Your Domain?

This question doesn’t have such a straightforward answer, but we will get to the real answer for you. The killer tip is simple, purchase your domain from the same place you will be hosting your website.  There are a few major benefits to doing things this way if you are a scrappy entrepreneur with little resources.  You understand the importance of having a hub. Your website is your mothership, your fortress of solitude or your Death Star.  It’s the center of your digital operations.

Purchasing the domain from your web host is a great idea because usually, the host will provide the domain with your hosting package or offer deep discounts for the bundled purchase. Beyond the discount, it becomes increasingly difficult and can result in downtime when switching domain nameservers (think of these as your home address).  Nameservers tell your domain where to bring people. If you have you purchase your domain from the same place as your web hosting, putting the two together is as simple as selecting the domain from a droplist. This doesn’t mean you can’t purchase a domain somewhere other than where you have your website hosted.  You always have the ability to transfer a domain to your new hosting company or your can simply point the domain to the nameservers of your new hosting plan without transferring. The biggest downside to changing nameservers is that full propagation can take 24-72 hours (YIKES!). This means your website can be down for 1-3 days which is never good for business.

The killer tip is simple, purchase your domain from the same place you host your website.

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