90DayInfoBusiness – Registering a Domain Name

90DayInfoBusiness – Registering a Domain Name


Today’s Lesson – Choosing a Domain Name Introduction In this article I’ll show you my process for
choosing and registering a domain name. Choosing a domain name requires careful consideration
because it establishes your brand identity. Our goal for today is to register a domain
name for our site. Here’s what we’ll cover in this article: 1. Website Components – Includes a Domain Name,
Web Hosting and Web Site Software 2. Pre-planning – A couple of important factors
to consider before we register our Domain Name
3. What is a Domain Name? 4. How to Register a Domain Name
5. Guidelines for Choosing a Great Domain Name
6. Registering the Domain Name Website Components 1. Domain Name – The actual name of my site that
visitors will type in their web browsers to access my site. In this post, I’ll show you how I go about
choosing domain names, registering them, and then connecting them to my actual website. 2. Web Hosting – The storage area on the internet
where my web site will be located. The domain name is just a name and has to
point to a location where I host my website. Sometimes the domain name provider and web
host provider are the same, but, in my case, they aren’t, so I’ll show how I connect the
two. 3. Content Management Software – The actual website
software that I use to manage my site. This software will house all of my content
(text, pictures and videos) and will also provide the colors and design of my site. This software gets installed in the storage
area that the Web Hosting Provider gives me. Plan Carefully
Before registering a domain name, it pays to plan ahead Changing a domain name later
is technically possible, but can be very disruptive and time consuming. In a moment I’ll cover a few quick planning
items to consider before registering our domain name. What is a Domain Name? A domain name is simply the name of your site. Some domain names that we are all familiar
with are Google.com, Amazon.com, Wikipedia.org, Whitehouse.gov and MIT.edu. Your domain name is the text that users will
type into their web browsers in order to reach your site. How to Register a Domain Name
Getting a domain name is quite simple. Once we have an idea of what we want for a
name, we simply have to register it. While it’s often referred to as “owning” a
domain name, I think of it more as renting. There are companies out there called Domain
Name Registrars that we use to “register” a domain name. There is a fee charged to “rent” the domain
name. Typically you register your name for 1 year,
then, every year, you renew that domain name. It is possible to “rent” the name for multiple
years as well. There are a large number of domain name registrars
available to use for registering domain names. The complete and updated list is always available
here: https://www.icann.org/registrar-reports/accreditation-qualified-list.html Picking a registrar is beyond the scope of
this article, so I’ll show you the registrar I use and how they process domain name registrations. The process is similar for most registrars,
so you’ll get the idea of how it works. Guidelines for Choosing a Great Domain Name
When choosing a domain name, I typically follow these guidelines: 1. The name I choose must “explain” the purpose
of the site. While this step isn’t necessary (after all,
what does Amazon.com, Google.com and Yahoo.com have to do with explaining the purpose of
the site?), I want my visitors to understand what my site is all about the second they
read the domain name. 2. The name must be easy. Easy to spell, easy to read and easy to type
into a web browser. For me that means not using any dashes in
the domain name. I also look at the name on a piece of paper so make
sure it’s easy to read and to type. Finally I want my domain name to be easy to
spell over the phone. Because eventually my email address will be
connected to this domain name, I will likely be talking to people and telling them my email
address. Often I will say a domain name out loud when
I am considering it just to make sure it’s easy to say. 3. The name must be available. Yes, this is very obvious, but, coupled with
items “1” and “2” can be challenging. I’ll show you how I go about finding available
domain names. 4. Ideally my chosen domain name will also have
available social media profiles. It’s frustrating to register your shiny new
domain name, then find out that Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other Social Media
platforms already have your domain name registered to others. I do a quick check of Social Media sites to
verify availability before I register. Registering the Domain Name
Now that I have a good idea of what domain name I want, it’s time to register it. The video below shows me actually registering
a dommain name. Since I already have 90DayInfoBusiness.com
registered, I’ll register a similar site, 90DayInfoBusiness.info to show the process
in action. Summary
Picking a domain name is a simple process, but it does take some thought and planning
as you will be “stuck” with the name you pick. Changing a domain name later is possible,
but quite time consuming and not much fun, so it pays to get it right the first time. Here are the steps I follow: 1. When choosing a domain name, it should be
descriptive of my site. 2. It should be (relatively) easy to read, to
spell, to type and, obviously, must be available. 3. A final consideration before registering the
domain name is to make sure the corresponding Social Media profiles are available. Next Steps
Now that I have a registered domain name, it’s time to point it to a website. In the next article, I’ll get some space on
the Internet to host my site. After I have space secured, the next step
will be to install website software in that space. Once the software is installed, then we can
point the Domain Name to the Website and only then will we have a working site! Downloads
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