Domain registration is a very important part of running a website. It is about registering the name you prefer with ICANN organization through a domain name registrar. If this is your first time, we will take you through the baby steps of registering your domain name. One is required to go to the registrar and pay a specified registration fee for the selected name. After registration, you are required to renew it annually in order to maintain the right to that name. Some web hosts who carry out this service for free, but others require you to pay registrar fees.
Direct Domain Registration
It is advisable that you register your domain name directly with a domain name registrar, instead of doing it through the web host. Some web hosts register the domain under their own name, hence becoming the owner of the domain rather than you. When you register directly with the domain name registrar, you will be the owner, the administrator and the technical contact to all the visitors who will access your site. Being the owner of your site is important as it blocks any person who may want to charge you some excessive fee when you want to use the name later.
To avoid losing your domain name, make sure you register with an accredited web host. There are many claims of domain names disappearing very fast especially good names that are descriptive of products and services. So be smart when carrying out domain registration unless you want to pay twice per year for the ownership of your domain name.
Steps involved in domain name registration
When carrying out domain name registration the following has to be adhered to:
- Selecting the best name: Think of different good domain names that you would prefer for your website. This is important because if you think of only one, it may already be taken by someone else. It is important that you name your website after your domain name so that when people think of your website, they will do it by your name. People will automatically know where to go.
- Paying for the domain registration: You need either a credit card or a PayPal account in order to pay the registration fee. This payment will enable you to claim and receive your domain name immediately upon application. This is a requirement by all registrars so it is not optional.
- Primary and secondary name servers: In case you already have a web host, you will be required to obtain from them their primary and secondary name servers. This information can be obtained from your web host FAQs or other documentations on the same site. This information is required for pointing your domain name to your web site after purchasing your domain name.
- Parking the domain name: In case you do not have a web host, allow the registrar to park your domain name at a temporary website that is specifically set up for you. This will enable you to quickly secure your domain name before it is too late and even be able to set up other features of your website. In most cases, registrars will automatically park your domain by default even without asking them.
The high competition in the domain industry has caused an increase in the number of domain name registrars. You need to visit different domain name registrars to choose one that suits your domain registration. Most commercial web hosts provide a free domain name to clients hosting with them.
If you are interested to get more tips on domain name registration, please visit Surftown’s website (or what the Danes call domæneregistrering Surftown).