Today I would like to introduce to you, how to obtain your first domain. If you have at least the most basic knowledge, you’d know that a domain is the address that you type to visit websites. But if you don’t, worry not, it is just like google.com or forbes.com, as simple as that.
It is very easy even for pure beginners to get their first domain. Because the Internet is flooded with domain registrars. Domain registrars are the websites you’d visit when you want to get a new domain name, or to manage the existing ones. Besides, because domain names are sort of “e-goods”, therefore they have prices. You can always check the price for your domain name at registrars.
Before I introduce the registrar that I use, I would like to introduce a service that may help you finding the best deal before you purchase a new domain. domcomp. domcomp is not a registrar, rather a tool for comparing prices of TLD, or suffixes.
You’d see a list of domain suffixes along with prices in the front page. By default it shows the prices of registering a new domain, sorted by popularity among netizens. These options are of course, configurable.
If you click on one of these price tags, you will be redirected to the registrar for quick registration. But I have to remind you, always check the reputation of the registrars as well as renewal fees. Most registrars discounts new domains making it very tempting for newbies, but they may try to upsell you or price renewal higher than peers. You may also check reviews for different registrars. But the number of reviews available are so small that you can’t decide unless you do an in-depth research.
My advice when using domcomp is first to know whether you are registering for a traditional TLD or a newer TLD. A traditional TLD is like .com, .org, .idv, .net, .us, .hk etc. They are usually priced reasonably, ranging from $12 to $24 per year. This isn’t cheap, but a reasonable price. If you are looking into registering for other TLDs such as .me, .pw, .info, .xxx, etc. You may want to know that they are usually on discount because the majority of organizations and companies do not use them, and are usually used by individuals; They may also be discounted because they are newly introduced. These TLDs can be priced as low as $1 for registering. After you figured what the average price is and are satisfied with the cost, head to a registrar with good reputation and register your domain name.
My favourite registrar is Gandi. It doesn’t have the best deal available, but it provides really good services. Their company motto is “No Bullshit”, this may sound rude, but they have proven it. The interface is clean and intuitive, they do not try to upsell you. If you’d like reviews you may visit their page at Trustpilot. Most bad reviews are about customer support, which I am yet to encounter.
Enter the name you’d like to purchase, you will then see a list of all the names available. Do notice that some domains maybe discounted for the first year, and the renewal fee will be higher than the registration fee. Once you found the one you like, add it to the cart and check out.
On the billing screen you will see 4 steps are required to proceed. On the first screen you will need to enter ownership information and billing information. If you are a new customer, you will need to complete a form in this step.
You will then be taken to your shopping cart. Here you can review all domains you’ve added to the cart. You can also change the time in which you would like to purchase the domain for. Most domains are billed yearly. You may also enter a promo code if you’ve gotten one. Read and accept the contract to proceed.
You will then need to select payment method. Apart from traditional methods like credit cards, wire transfer and paypal, you may also use Bitcoins, if you would like to. Enter payment details and proceed, you are good to go!
That’s it! You have just registered your first domain name. It is easy, right? You can then start managing your new domain.
Most web hosting providers allow using Nameservers for pointing your domain to their servers. It is crucial to point your domain, otherwise you won’t be able to access your website. To do so, go to Domain tab in user area.
This page lists all your purchased domain, click on the domain you would like to manage.
This page shows all options you have to manage your domain. Click on Namesevers.
By default you will be using Gandi’s nameserver, click Change to point your domain name to external nameservers. After that, save, and it’s done!