Buying a domain name is a simple process that requires what name you are going to use for example 123blog and the type of extension you are wanting to use such as .com or .org. This also shows other people what type of website it is example .org is an organisation and .biz is a business.
How long can I buy a domain?
The minimum term you can have a domain is 1 year and a max of 10 years depending on the domain provider. Your domain payment needs to be renewed before the end of the term or you lose your domain. Most registrars have a setting which allows you to automatically renew your domain before it expires should you forget to remember the renew date it automatically renews for you saving time and potentially a big headache!
Do I need a domain to buy a website?
Some providers offer a sub domain with them the chance to practice creating your website before you buy a domain. Although buying your own domain for a business looks more professional. It also enables you to be found more easily on the web.
How many characters are allowed in a domain name?
Domain providers allow a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of sixty seven (67).
Getting it right first time
Make sure when ordering your domain that you spell it correctly as an order with a domain registrar is non-refundable. If you've accidentally bought a domain which is spelt incorrectly you will still own that domain for the amount of years you've bought it and will still own it until it expires.
Choosing the right domain extension
Take the time to find your right domain extension as this will be your brand and a way for readers and potential customers to get to your website. A name which is easy to remember is useful, this can also be unique but try not to make it too long as it can be difficult for some to remember. Big names such as Facebook.com, Myspace.com or Instagram.com are good examples. A full list can be found here
Where can I buy a domain?
They is loads of domain sellers that you can buy from, some providers offer a reduced amount for the first year to buy a domain with them. Alternatively you can buy a domain with us.
How much does a domain cost?
Domain prices very depending on the type of extension you require such as .co.uk or .com. Some hosting providers also offer the first year at a reduced cost helping you to keep your costs down for the first year. Although the minimum term is 1 year you can buy up to 10 years and maybe get a bit of discount from some domain registrars.
Do I need to buy a domain with my hosting?
No, you can buy your hosting whenever you want as long as you have a domain. You can also use a different provider to buy your hosting as they don't need to be from the same company and ask your domain or hosting provider to change your name servers.
Do some domains target specific countries?
Yes, if you are wanting to target specific countries these are related to the domain extension, for example, if you wanted to target the UK then you would buy a .co.uk domain, this domain would many be found in UK search terms on google's search engine. If you are looking for a worldwide domain then you would choose a .com domain or France you'd choose a .fr domain and so on.
Adding keywords in your domain
Adding keywords into your domain can greatly help depending on your competition, so next time you buy consider the keywords you want to add such as Web Designer London or Florist Manchester, or you can add your business name to be more easily found. Please note this will not instantly get you to the top of Google but we have put a guide together which you can read here to help boost your ranking!
I’ve bought a domain, now what?
After you have chosen your domain you need to find a web hosting provider. Best option is to firstly research some hosting providers before you buy. You can also buy your domain and hosting from us here.
What is a domain? Here’s our guide and getting started.