How to Register a Domain Name – A Simple Guide

November 24, 2011 by  Filed under: Domain 

In order to register a domain name, you need an account with an ICANN (Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers) accredited domain name registrar. Getting an account with a domain name registrar is easy. The sign up process takes a few seconds. You are usually required to provide some personal information – your name, address, telephone number, email address etc.

Make sure you provide correct personal information when creating an account. Registrars are entitled to lock or take away a user’s domain if the account information is incorrect. Registrars guarantee to keep your information safe, so you are not at any risk.

Once you have an account with a domain name registrar, you can proceed to register domain names.

Registration cost varies by registrar. Generally, you can expect to pay around $10 per year for a .com domain.

Registration duration can range from 1 to 10 years. Some registrars might offer a discount for multi-year registrations, however no registrar has the authority to provide a registration period longer then 10 years.

Registrars usually provide a search interface to help you find and register domains. Using this interface you can search for and check the availability of your desired domain name.

Once you find a domain, registering that domain is only a few easy steps away. Most registrars support PayPal and Credit Card payments.

By the way, before purchasing an online product, I make sure I check the vendor’s reputation. In case of domain registration, an easy – yet simple – way to do this is to Google “insertvendornamehere sucks” Make sure you don’t forget the quotation marks. A little bit of reading can save you a lot of hassle further down the road!

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