Web site creation – Domain name

This is the second part of the tutorial series about the Web site creation. In this occasion I am going to show you how to buy a domain name. If you are going to buy the domain name of your company this step is really easy because you already know what name you want.

Otherwise, you have to analyse what the domain represents: if it's a product, a service, a book, if you are going to support another web site or if you are going to make some money as an affiliate. In that case you have to analyse the competition and perform a SEO analysis of the keywords of your product or service. The idea is not to have to much competition and to have enough search volume in order to have some traffic to your site.

In my case, I am going to write about immigrants from Canada. So the word immigrant is important. The site is called Reino de inmigrantes, which means Immigrant Kingdom in spanish.

The price of a domain name starts from 2 dollars for '.info' extensions to 9 to 12 dollars for .com and .net extensions, and even more expensive for others extensions like .org, .tv and the new .xxx for adults only sites. I usually purchase with Go Daddy, the service is good and the prices are good also:

In order to buy a domain name we have to write the name that we need like mycompany.com for exemple.   If this domain is already taken, Go Daddy suggests another domain name that we can consider. Sometimes it's difficult to find the correct name, the good ones disappear fast. In my case, Reino de inmigrantes was avalaible, so I made the transaction.

Go Daddy always offers to sell others domains, this is not necessary if you competition is no so strong. Some companies buy other extensions to protect their name and reputation. This depends totally on your needs.

Normally you can say 'No Thanks' to everything and continue with the transaction.

Go Daddy always offers to sell others domains, this is not necessary if you competition is no so strong. Some companies buy other extensions to protect their name and reputation. This depends totally on your needs.

Normally you can say 'No Thanks' to everything and continue with the transaction.

You have to create an account and fill the fields like your name, address and so on. This is necessary for billing and for registering the domain at your name or at the name of your company. If you have a service provider you can fill this information, otherwise I am going to show how to obtain one in  the next article of this series.

You can use a hotmail address if you don't have anything else, but Go Daddy recommends not to use that kind of e-mail provider. The information is going to be kept in the WHOIS directory, the directory contains all the owners of the domain names on the Internet.

In the image below you can fill the information of your server if you have one:

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You can buy a domain name for many years if you want, but if you are not sure about what is going to happen with this domain you can buy for only one year.

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You can buy a certificate for your identity protection but it's not necessary. In this case the domain will cost 9 dollars at full price, but we can find coupons to reduce the cost. That's an advantage with Go Daddy. You can click to Enter promo or Source Code in order to use the coupon.

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You can search 'Coupons Go Daddy' in Google and find some sites that publish these coupons, in the image below I found a promotion for 2011.

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I wrote the code YUP749 for a .net extension and the reduction was 10%.  Some promotions are even more interesting, there are always some deals to find.

After paying you are going to receive the information of your account, you can use the Go Daddy server or another one. I prefer to have my hosting and the domain name with two differents companies to prevent eventual problems: for example if the company that manages domain names dissapears, you will still be able to move your domain name to the hosting company.

Go Daddy always offers to sell others domains, this is not necessary if you competition is no so strong. Some companies buy other extensions to protect their name and reputation. This depends totally on your needs.

Normally you can say 'No Thanks' to everything and continue with the transaction.

This post is also available in: French, Spanish

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