Every website needs a catchy address. And to get one, you need to know how to buy a domain name. Luckily, domain registration has become quite a simple procedure nowadays. It’s also one of the first steps you need to take when you start a blog or create a website.
In short, this is how you buy a domain name:
- Choose a reliable domain registrar (like Hostinger)
- Find a domain availability checker tool
- Run a domain name search
- Pick the best available option
- Finalize your order and complete the domain registration
- Verify the ownership of your new domain
Below, we’ll overview each step in a more in-depth fashion and present a few tips and tricks to ease the whole process.
Check out this video on how to buy a domain name.
How to Buy a Domain Name (In 5 Steps)
Now that you know how to pick a proper domain name, you might be wondering how to purchase one.
To get a domain name for your website, you’ll need an ICANN accredited registrar (such as Hostinger). Depending on your chosen domain extension, the registration fee can range between $0.99 to $92.99.
Below are 5 steps that cover the domain registration process in more depth.
Step 1 – Find a Domain Checker
The journey of buying a domain name starts with an availability lookup. In fact, we have the perfect tool to check domain vacancy here on Hostinger.
FAQ: What if my desired domain name is taken?
If the domain you wish to buy is taken, there are a few different approaches available:
- Go for another domain extension. In case .com is unavailable, you may opt for others such as .xyz, .net, .org, and many more.
- Try a longer version. Adding a simple word such as “the”, “my”, “a” and other similar words can help get the result you want.
- Reach out to the current owner. However, in most cases, you will need to offer a fairly high sum of money.
Step 2 – Run a Domain Name Search
Now enter your desired name in the search field and take it for a spin. The domain checker tool will present you with a list of available options that you can register. Use the Domain extension filter to search for the exact extension that you’re interested in.
Step 3 – Pick Your Domain
Once you locate a name that you like, proceed with the registration by pressing Add to Cart.
Step 4 – Complete the Domain Registration
As soon as you complete the domain payment, you’ll be redirected to the control panel. Inside, you’ll find the setup box to complete your domain name registration.
FAQ: Can I modify the domain ownership details?
Yes, you’ll be able to do it using the domain management section within your control panel. Once the changes are made, you will have to confirm them via email. Keep in mind that it may take 24-72 hours for most WHOIS databases to display the updated details.
Step 5 – Verify the Ownership of Your New Domain
The final step of your journey is to verify the domain ownership through the email address you used while registering. It usually arrives within a few minutes after finishing the domain setup.
In case it doesn’t arrive, you can re-send the request from your control panel. We recommend doing it immediately, as waiting for 15 days or more will lead to a temporary suspension from the registry.