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How to Register Your Own Domain Name
Last Updated 4 years ago

If you have a web site, you should seriously consider registering your own domain name. A domain name is a name like "portiawebsolutions.com" or "codewit.com", which you can use to refer to your website. Note that you do not have to be a company or organisation to register a domain name. Any individual can do it too.

Registration Overview

Getting a domain name involves registering the name you want with an organisation called ICANN through a domain name registrar. For example, if you choose a name like "example.com", you will have to go to a registrar, pay a registration fee that costs around US$10 to US$35 for that name. That will give you the right to the name for a year, and you will have to renew it annually for (usually) the same amount per annum.

Step By Step Instructions

If you want to register a domain name, here's what you need to do. Please read it all before acting.

  • Think of a few good domain names that you'd like to use. It won't do to think of only one — it might already be taken (it probably is!). There's more to it than meets the eye.
  • You will need either a credit card or a PayPal account to pay for the domain. This is a requirement of most if not all registrars. It will allow you to claim and get the domain name immediately on application. This is not an option (unfortunately).
  • If you already have a web host, obtain from us, the names of our primary and secondary nameservers. Don't worry if you don't understand what these things mean. Just save the information somewhere. The information can usually be obtained from our FAQs or other documentation on our site, usually under a category like "domain name" or "DNS" or "domain name transfer" and the like. If you can't find it, email them. You'll need the information to point your domain name to your website after you buy your domain. Having said that, if you don't have a web host yet, don't worry. Just read on.
  • If you do not have a web host, you can always allow the registrar to park your domain name at a temporary website specially set up for you. This way you can quickly secure your domain name before it's too late and still take your time to set up the other aspects of your site.

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