For the purpose of this article, I’m going to assume that you’ve never bought a domain name and that you’re either starting a business or bringing your business online. Either way, congratulations! What I’m going to do in this article is going through the steps of buying a domain through GoDaddy.
GoDaddy is my preferred domain name registrar/provider. Here are a few things I like about them and why I use them and recommend them:
- Their dashboard for managing your domains is extremely clear and easy to use.
- Their domain settings are just as easy to use. You can easily edit your DNS (domain name system) or select various settings to automatically redirect your domain elsewhere.
- They often provide 10% to 40% off coupons which helps save money on your domains.
- They have excellent customer service and it’s 24/7 over the phone.
Although my preference is GoDaddy and this tutorial will show you how to buy it through them, you can choose to buy your domain wherever you want and it’s pretty much the same process so you should be able to still follow along with this article and get your domain purchased.
Let’s jump into it then.
1. Picking your domain.
Even if you’ve been thinking about what domain to use and you may have thought of the perfect domain, it might not be available. If you didn’t pick one yet, then please visit my article on how to pick the perfect domain.
You’ll need to start by going to the GoDaddy website and searching for the domain you want. Type into the search bar the domain that you want to buy, for this article we will be buying povertytourist.com.
That will tell you whether it’s available or not. If it isn’t available, and chances are it’s not. Don’t get discouraged, because there’s always another great name. If your business is local, you can maybe add the name of the city to your domain at the end and that’ll probably be available. If that doesn’t work for you go through the steps in my article about picking the perfect domain and find a new one or one with another top-level domain (.net, etc).
If it is available it’ll look like this and you’ll be able to click the “Add to Cart” button, then click on “Proceed to Cart”.
2. Going through the checkout process.
GoDaddy and many other domain providers will now be trying to sell you a bunch of add-ons. They will try to sell you added privacy for your domain unless you are worried about privacy I would skip that. No point in spending more money just to hide “who owns the domain”. Then they will offer to use their free website builder, again I would skip. I’ll be showing you how to build a more professional site in WordPress in the future anyway. Skip the hosting and definitely skip the email. If you want to set yourself up with a professional email, follow along with my other how-to article that shows you step by step how to set yourself up with a free email address with your domain name.
3. Time to create your account and checkout.
Now you’ll be at the checkout page and if you don’t have a GoDaddy account, you’ll need to create one.
Now you should be back to the checkout page. You can enter your address and credit card info and then pick how many years you want to buy your domain for. I usually buy mine for a year and renew it every year. Then you can click complete purchase.
Now you own your first domain. You can follow through our other tutorial to set up your professional email and start emailing people with your domain.
If you have questions, feel free to get in touch in the comments. Head over to GoDaddy and get your first domain name for $4.99 until 2019.
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