Looking to buy a domain online and start a website? Some people get very overwhelmed thinking about their lack of ability in making a website. It doesn’t have to be hard and it will be quick and easy if you break the steps down into bite-sized tasks. You’re going to start by choosing a good domain name. Before you buy a domain, you should look into creating a Branded Username.
What domain extensions should I buy?
When choosing a domain you’re going to need to find an available extension. An extension is the last part of the domain, such as .com, org, or .net. There are many options, some cheaper than others, but you’re not going to want to go with just anything.
When you buy your domain, you’ll be typing in the URL you hope to land, such as YourBrandsName.com. If it’s not available, the system will usually show you some alternatives that are available, such as YourBrandsName.net.
Most online marketers usually only want to go to a dot com, dot org or dot net. A few will go with a dot info domain. But in my opinion, you should ONLY use a (.com) domain for websites.
As you start the checkout process to buy your domain online, HostYak will upsell you “Privacy Registration” and this is for a good reason.
HostYak describes “Privacy Registration”
“When you register a domain, your name, address, email address and phone number are automatically published for the world to see. Protect yourself from spam and scams with HostYak Privacy Protection, which replaces your personal information with ours.”HostYak.com
There’s a bit of discussion about whether you should pay for a domain for one year or more. Some people argue that Google prefers domains that have a longer commitment but it is always best to save money and register for at least 2 years. More on that saving money part in a little bit…
How Much Does A Domain Name Cost?
This could be a tricky question. The different extensions (.com, .net, .org, etc) all have different costs but since we’re talking “dot com” domains we’ll go with that for the price to register the domain.
With HostYak, you can buy a domain online for the cost of a few coffees. The domain (.com) itself will cost $9.99 to register for the first year. After the first year, it will go up to $10.99 to renew the domain.
The privacy & protection registration for your domain will cost $9.99 when you register your domain. When you renew your domain the privacy cost will rebill as well.
The subtotal (not counting applicable taxes) is $19.98
(*Price may vary this is the price at the time of me writing this.)
There are different options to buy a domain.
For domains, we recommend HostYak.com, which is what we use for about 99% of our domains. The cost with them (at the time of me writing this) is $9.99/year for a new (.com) so it isn’t going to break the bank.
How to Buy a Domain
*DISCLAIMER: You may need to “Create A HostYak Account” first, if so, you can get to the “Create My Account” button by clicking on the “down arrow”( ˅ ) next to the “Sign In” button in the header. Then you can follow the steps to create your account.
NOTE: Be sure that you have a strong password so your account is secure!
When you land on HostYak.com you will see a domain search box that says “Find your perfect domain name”. Simply type in the name you decided on and click on search. Once you search for your domain and see it’s available then just click “Add to Cart”.
The next page you land on is going to be privacy protection. What this does is keep your personal information private from a “Who Is” search. I HIGHLY recommend that you use privacy protection. It’s only $9.99/domain per year to get started!
Click Continue to Cart.
Before we can check out we need to either Sign in (if you have a HostYak account) or Create Account (if you haven’t done that yet).
If you need to create an account, simply fill in the blanks and create your account. Then move forward to check out.
If you have an account, sign in and move forward to check out.
Now all you need to do is add a payment option and Complete Purchase to buy a domain.
Sometimes the default setting will set your registration period for the domain to 2 years if you wish you can change the registration period to any of the following duration periods (1 Year, 2 Years, 3 Years, 5 Years or 10 Years) as you change the registration duration the privacy length will increase or decrease accordingly.
You now have your domain purchased. Moving forward you will need to get your hosting & once you have your hosting we’ll move forward with building the website but before we do, you need to go verify your email address for your domain.
Go to the email address you used to create your HostYak account and open this email. Click on “Verify your email address” and NOW, you are done with your domain.