So you are a starting a website, and aren’t quite sure where to begin. Whether you already have a domain name and are looking for hosting, or you aren’t even sure how to buy a .com, this article will provide you with the insight needed to get you going.
First things first: you need a domain name.
“What is a domain name?” you might be asking yourself. Even if you don’t know it by name, you know what it is. A domain name is what you call the address that is typed into the address bar of your web browser to visit a website. It is also known as a URL, or a Universal Resource Locator. But more simply, it is the word or series of words inbetween the “www.” and the “.com” or “.net” – two of several options.
So the next question you might be asking is, “where do I buy a domain name? And how do I know what domains are available?”
There are websites on the internet known as domain name registrars. You may have heard of some of them, like GoDaddy or Network Solutions for example. They are the places you go to when you want to find out what domains are available, and also to purchase them. Usually you can purchase a domain for anywhere from 1 year, all the way up to 10 years.
In my search for the least expensive domain name registrars, the number one choice is GoDaddy. I have been building websites for over a decade, and have registered literally hundreds of different domains, if not thousands by now, with them. Not only is the process significantly less complicated than other registrars I have used, but their pricing is excellent due to the coupon codes and promo offers they use. For example, if you click the link below you can register a domain for only $8.99:
I suppose the reason they want you to register with them, even at such a significant discount, is to have you renew with them at full price for future years. But the great thing is that you can register for multiple years up front, and get the bulk pricing for each year. If you are planning on having the website for a long time, you may as well get the savings up front and purchase the 5 – 10 year option.
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If you need an SSL certificate, or Secure Sockets Layer certificate, for your website or server, GoDaddy is also a great choice.
Definition: “The leading security protocol on the Internet. Developed by Netscape, SSL is widely used to do two things: to validate the identity of a Web site and to create an encrypted connection for sending credit card and other personal data. Look for a lock icon at the top or bottom of your browser when you order merchandise on the Web. If the lock is closed, you are on a secure SSL or TLS connection.