Anyone who is interesting in catapulting his or her online presence into the big league needs to consider buying a domain name. Whether it is for a business-oriented site or one that is more personal (such as a blog or hobby site), no one is going to want to visit unless you have a proper web address. After all, a 70-character blog URL doesn’t quite fit very well on a business card. Fortunately, buying a domain doesn’t need to be difficult, and can actually be a pretty fun process. As long as you know what you’re getting yourself into, you’ll have your new address in no time.
Domain names basically act as placeholder addresses web hosting. For instance, let’s say Bob’s Boats in Portland, wants to lift their online presence from the current address they have (xyz,com), and they would like their customers to be able to log on to bobsboat,com. If someone else isn’t already using the URL in the world, Bob’s Boats has the opportunity to buy it. From here, they can either use the URL to forward visitors to their current blog, or can even have their site hosted by the same service that provides the domain name.
Buying a domain entails perusing the many web sites that offer domain and web hosting services to customers. Be careful, as there are quite a few of these sites on the net that aren’t conducive to customers in that they bombard you with ads and try to trick you into signing up for useless services. Do some research online, or ask someone you know who owns a domain about where they bought it and whether or not they’re happy with the service.
Since there are many web sites to choose from for domain purchasing and web hosting, you shouldn’t feel as if you have to rush into anything. Be sure that whatever site you use provides instructional tutorials regarding how to set up either your hosting services or forwarding services. Also, remember to shop prices, as one site might charge double what another would for the same thing.