How to Buy a Domain Name – It’s Easier Than You Think!

November 30, 2011 by  Filed under: Domain 

Buying a Domain Name today is a very straight forward process that requires no technical skills beyond basic typing and mouse usage whatsoever. The actual process of making the purchase only takes a minute or two and is very much like any other online transaction or purchase you’ve done before.

What you need to buy a domain name

The list of items you need to buy a domain is quite short. First and foremost you will need a credit card or debit card to make the purchase. Always purchase your own domain names with your own card. Never allow a friend, family member, employee, web developer or anyone else buy your domain. If you don’t own it you don’t control it. This point is critically important. If you do not have a credit card or debit card to use contact the company directly as they may take checks or certified funds. Secondly you’ll need to find a place to buy a domain from. These companies are called Domain Registrars and they are in the business of buying and selling domains. Chances are you’ve seen advertisements online and on television for some of the bigger players. My recommendation is go with a company that you see recommended by others, one that has been around for a while and one that has domain name registration as its primary business focus. Third you’ll need a little bit of time to choose your domain and complete the transaction. Figure on 10 minutes for the whole thing if you take your time. That’s it.

Length of Purchase

When you buy a domain name it’s really more like a yearlong lease rather than an outright purchase. A domain will run you approximately $10 per year and you can register a domain for as little as one year and for as long as a ten year block. At the end of however long you’ve registered the domain for you will be prompted to register that domain name again. Many domain registrars offer an automatically renewing service that takes the worry out of forgetting to re-register. The biggest issue I’ve seen if when folks get a new credit card or debit card and don’t change the billing information with their registrar. To avoid future headaches this is something to keep in mind.

Take away

Anyone today can easily and quickly buy a domain name. If you’ve never done this before I encourage you to get out there and do it for yourself. You’ll see just how simple it is to accomplish and how quickly you can get it done.

Bill Kelly’s focus is on videos and articles aimed at helping beginner and novice webmasters learn how to make a website at With a focus on taking the mystery out of WordPress, SEO and Social Media Bill helps those with personal blogs and small business websites get the most from their online efforts. For free How-To videos and information visit to get started!

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