With each and every website you want to run, you will need to register a domain name (a “TLD”), that is representative of your business model, niche, and what you as a business are all about.
Here are 3 steps to registering a domain name, they are:
Deciding on a company where you will search for, and register a domain, buying a TLD, and then transferring your new TLD to your webhost.
I do not like to have my TLDs registered with the same company that hosts my websites because of leaving things to chance; if one goes down or out of business, then I still have the other, and it’s easier to deal with one company going down than multiple ones.
So here are your three steps:
1. A quick Google search will reveal several places where you can register a TLD, for example Namecheap.com, Godaddy.com, names.co.uk, name.com, onlydomains.com, 1and1.co.uk
I can only speak for namecheap.com because they are the people I use, and in spite of my cautionary note above, in 10 years I have never had any problem with them. They would be my first choice, so unless you already have somewhere else you prefer, I would recommend Namecheap.
2. To register a TLD you will need to have a Bank account, but as with so many purchase options online now, a PayPal account which speeds things up and makes transactions really much easier. When you set yup payments processing for your Online Information Business website you’ll be looking to add PayPal anyway, so if not already signed, now is as good a time as any.
Follow through the process that your TLD provider prompts; it’s all pretty easy and straightforward so should present you with no problems. You might also be presented with the option of registering more than one domain, so can loop-through again if you wish. The other thing is the “whois guard” for privacy, so unless you have already been guided through this too, it is something to take advantage of – provision will be provided for you to lock-in this method of privacy.
3. To transfer your domain to your webhost, go into your management settings and look for the Domain Name Server or “DNS” settings. There you will finds the option to customize your DNS which simply means adding (I copy and paste from my word document where they’re saved) the settings numbers of your webhost to add more DNS numbers – which replaces or overrides the one automatically generated by your TLD registar.
One of the webhosts I use is Hostgator.com, so my settings are “ns[number].hostgator.com”. You will usually have 2 sequential numbers allocated by your webhost for a standard type of hosting account.