In this step-by-step, I’ll guide you on how to register your domain name with the best domain registrar on the planet: Namecheap!
You’ll also get a special coupon code that will knock off 10% off your charge.
If you intend to start a blog, I advice you first read this post: How To choose A Good domain Name For Your Blog, so you get the first hand information on how to get the best out of your domain name.
First, let take a quick look at some quick terms to get you going:
1. Domain name
A domain name is the name you choose for your blog or website, usually followed by .com, .org or .net. (Depending on the extension you choose)
For example, the domain name of this blog is Onlinebloggingincome.com. This is what people will type in the web browser to visit your blog.
2. The Domain Name System (DNS)
These are set of rules and procedures about how domain names are formed. This controls your domain name’s blog/website and email settings.
3. A Top Level Domain (TDL)
This is the part of the domain name located after the dot (.) the most common TLDs are .com, .net, .org .biz, .info etc.
4. Domain name registrar
A domain name registrar is an organization or company that manages the reservation of domain names. I personally use Namecheap!
5. DNS settings
The DNS settings or nameservers “point” to your website once you have a hosting account set up.
That means that the unique setting that identifies your website as “Joe’s Blog” will direct anyone searching for your site to the place on your web host that has been reserved specifically for your site.
6. DNS propagation
It takes from several to 48 hours for nameserver changes or DNS propagation to be completed. During that time servers across the web are updated with your website’s DNS information.
Don’t worry. This is as tech as it gets for this part. It sounds very hard, but what you have to do is easy.
I personally use NameCheap to purchase and keep track of my domain names.
They are reliable and cheap compared to others.
NameCheap, like all domain registrars, offers numerous web services (like web hosting). In fact, this blog is currently hosted on Namecheap.
They currently charge $9.88 for their shared hosting for the first year, click here to visit their official website and buy a web hosting account with them.
Now, let’s get started with registering your domain name on Namecheap:
“Important Note: Namecheap is currently running an amazing promo where you get 10% off your charge for .com, .net and .org. Also you can get some domain names for less than $1.” This promo ends October 31st 2016 so act fast by following the steps below!
Step 1: Visit the official website of Namecheap by clicking on this special link which will knock off 10% off your charge.
- Enter the domain name of your choice in the box and click on Search.
If the domain name is available, you’ll see something like the image below. If not, choose another domain name.Then, click on the cart to move to the next page.
- When the next page loads, Click on “View Cart” to check out.
As you can see from the image below, you get a free WhoisGuard for 1 year and free premium DNS.
Whoisguard protects your registration details and contacts which are attached to your domain name to remain private and not available to the public. This helps to keep spammers at bay!
- Just click on “Confirm Order”.
- On the next page, you’ll need to register an account on Namecheap to continue. If you have an account with them, simply log in at the left side. If not, create an account by filling the details at the right side of the page.
When filling your details, make sure you choose a username and password you’ll remember or better yet: write it out and keep it safe. You’ll need them to log in later. Also, make sure your email address is working because some details will sent to you!
- When you’re done filling your details, click on “Create Account and Continue”.
- On the next page, choose MasterCard as your payment option and enter the name on your card, your card number (this is the 16-digit number on the front of your card), your security code (CVV2) (this is the 3 digit code at the back of your card), the expiry date of your card.
When filling your details, please note the Zip/Postal Code is 110001.
- You can check any of these according to your preference and click on “Continue”.
When that’s done you’ll see a Namecheap confirmation screen and you’ll also receive an email containing important information. File it in a safe place for future reference.
Once you’ve received your email, go ahead and log out of Namecheap.
Congratulations, you’ve just successfully registered your domain name on Namecheap, which is the very first important step to establishing your blog or website.
If you have any questions about this post or need clarification that relates to Domain Name Registration, feel free to leave a comment. I’ll reply you!