Welcome to part 3 of the free blogging series for beginners. In this session, we are going to give you some easy to follow guidelines that can be used to choose the perfect domain name for your upcoming blog.
Watch the video below, to learn more about the domain selection process. In the next video, we will be getting into the practical aspects of starting a blog. We will register a domain name for free and get a Webhosting. But for that, you will need to finish watching the video below.
Domain Selection Guidelines Video
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Registering a Domain Name
Now, in this video, let’s see how to register a domain name, step by step.
There are 2 ways to register a domain name. The first way is to register the domain name separately at a known domain registrar and then connect it to your web hosting account. This is the method we prefer.
The second way is to register the domain name at the same company where you purchase the web hosting for your blog. By going this route, you can get the domain name for free, for 1 year. But this method has its own drawbacks.
A major drawback of going this way is that you will also have to shift your domain name if in future you want to change the hosting for your blog. This can get cumbersome at times.
The choice is yours. We will show you both the methods of registering a domain name in this free blogging course. The video below shows you the first method of domain registration. The domain registrar we will be using for this method is NameCheap.
Domain Name Registration Video
This Is the Video Transcript
In this video, we will show you how to register a domain name, step by step.
Although there are many reputed domain name registrars out there, NameCheap, is our first choice, because they offer low cost domain names, with free privacy protection, for life.
If you decide to buy a domain name on a platform like GoDaddy, it will almost always cost you more, than what you pay at NameCheap.
Also, the privacy protection feature isn’t free, at GoDaddy and many other domain registrars. At the time of recording this video, GoDaddy is charging $9.99 per domain, per year, for privacy protection.
Now, without further ado, let’s get started, and register a domain name, at NameCheap.
To start the domain registration process, click on the link given above, and visit the ‘NameCheap’ website.
Once you are there, enter your desired domain name in the search box, and click on search.
If the domain name is available for registration, a green tick mark will appear below the search box, along with the domain price, and ‘add to cart’ button.
If your chosen domain name isn’t available, choose another one. For example, if the domain name fishingguide.com isn’t available, try myfishingguide.com or thefishingguide.com.
Now, once you have chosen the domain name, click on the add to cart button, to move forward.
On the next page, you will be presented with a bunch of add ons, like the web hosting package, positive ssl certificate, and other stuff.
We suggest you to not choose any of those add ons, at this moment. You can add them later, if and when you feel that they are necessary for your business.
For the time being, just scroll down the page, and click on the ‘check out’ button.
Now, on the next page, you can choose the number of years, for which you want to register your domain name.
You can choose upto a maximum of 10 years. We suggest you the domain registration period of 1 or 2 years, at the moment. Setting the auto-renew option to ‘on’, is a good idea too.
As you can see, the ‘Who is Guard’ option, is already enabled, and is being offered as a ‘free forever’ feature. Turn the auto-renew option on, for this as well.
Don’t change anything else on this page, and simply click on the ‘confirm order’ button, to proceed to the next step.
On this page, you will need to create a NameCheap account, if you don’t already have one.
To do that, enter your basic details like username, password, your first and last names, and the email address, into their respective boxes, and click the ‘create account and continue button’.
On the next page, you will need to enter your payment information. You can either pay using a card, or through PayPal.
Enter your payment details, and click on the ‘continue’ button, to finish the domain registration process.
Once your payment is processed successfully, you will receive a confirmation email from ‘NameCheap’, on the email address you provided earlier.
This email will contain all the necessary information, about your newly created ‘NameCheap’ account, and the domain name you just registered.
And that’s about it.
You have successfully registered the domain name for your upcoming blog.
In the next video, we will show you how to buy a good web hosting for your blog, and connect your domain name with your web hosting account.
We will see you in the next video.