How do I buy a domain name?
Once you are ready to own a new domain, the first step is to register it. There are many different ways to register a new domain name. There are tons of options for domain registrars from which you can buy a domain, choose one that fits your individual needs and wants.
In terms of money, some registrars will offer a promotional first-year fee of $0 to $5, and then greatly increase the renewal price. Other registrars will offer a straight, annual fee for the solution that’s somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 to $20 and up. You will need either a debit/credit card or a PayPal account to pay your domain name – don’t worry, this information will remain private. Paying for a domain will allow you to claim and acquire that domain name immediately upon application. Before we guide you through process of registering a new domain, it is important to understand the difference between domain registration and web hosting.
While a domain is simply the address where users can find your site on the internet, web hosting is the service that essentially provides the “housing” for your address on the web – it’s what makes your website available online. You need both a domain and web hosting before you can run a fully functional website and publish your content and media. That’s why we think it’s a really good idea (and bargain) to keep web hosting and domain registrations under one roof.
If you choose DreamHost as your registrar, for example, here’s how you can easily register your domain name.
You Need to Protect Your Brand
Purchasing multiple domains for your business site can be a huge aid in protecting and strengthening your brand and online presence.
You Want to Boost Search Engine Optimization
Having more than one domain for your business can improve your page rankings in search engine results. It is crucial to note that buying up multiple domain names for your business should be redirected to your primary landing page using what is called a 301 redirect.