Step 1: Get a Domain

Ultimate Solution DomainsThe first step to building a website or blog is getting a domain name. We all know that the way to reach another person or place on the internet is to type a sequence of letters (a name) or a number(s) into that little box on a computer. The name of the thing you type is called a URL. Domain names are contained within a URL. The “http://www.YourDomainName.com” is the complete URL, and the bolded text in the example is the domain name. The domain name is like an address and must to be unique so computers know where to find each other over the entire World Wide Web (hence the www. in the example). Domain names are also known as and referred to as domains.

Buy your Domain from a Registry

GoDaddy is a common Registry and one you are likely somewhat familiar with. They are also known as a domain name registrar. Once you find a domain that you like and one that is available, you register your domain with a registrar. Registries must be accredited by ICANN.

There is an annual cost involved with registering a domain. Costs will vary based registrar promotions and the top level domain (TLD) – this is the extension like .com, .net or .org, to name a few of the most common. TLD typically run from around $7.00-$15.00. If you are interested in purchasing a name that is already registered or a premium domain, costs will be significantly higher (some sell for more than $100,000.) and after your purchase, you will still need to register the domain in your name.

A domain name registrant (that would be you after you register) is frequently referred to as the domain owner, however, registering your domain name with a registrar does not actually give you legal ownership of the domain name. What it does do is guarantee you an exclusive right of use. As long as you do not allow your domain registration to lapse, you are considered its owner. Typically, there is an automatic renewal or reminder program that you are provided with.

GoDaddy is not the only registrar but they are one of the most common and experienced with domains. GoDaddy manages domains very well.

Domain searches work very similarly to an internet search on a search engine like Google or Bing, You type in your requested name and click search. The way that the form works is it will search whatever domain name you type in to check for its availability. It is set to default to the .com top level domain. Dot com is the most common TLD. You may choose any TLD you wish. When you search, the result will also let you know if the TLD you chose is or is not available, along with which, if any, other TLD are available. Pricing is also shown to you at this point.GoDaddy has a number of other options to go with your domain. To keep things simple, and for the purposes of following the steps on this site, we will not go into any of the other GoDaddy services. You can simply say no to the offers and proceed to checkout to complete your domain registration or research the other offers on your own.

GoDaddy has a number of other options to go with your domain. To keep things simple, and for the purposes of following the steps on this site, we will not go into any of the other GoDaddy services. You can simply say no to the offers and proceed to checkout to complete your domain registration or research the other offers on your own.