In our world of internet driven marketing, advertising and sales, domain names are becoming a highly sought after resource. Domain names that are easy for the general public to think of and go to are worth quite a lot to the right people. This being the case, a lot of people would like to know how to buy domain names online and the process is really quite simple.
When you buy a domain name, what you are really buying is the right to use a series of numbers called an IP address. This IP address is basically the whereabouts of your information on the internet. A typical IP address will look something like 184.108.40.206. Originally all you had to do to go to a website was remember the IP address of the particular website you wanted to go to. However, as the internet gained popularity this system became unwieldy as more and more IP addresses entered the system. Enter the Domain Name System, created by the University of Wisconsin in 1983. This system maps IP addresses to domain names.
So how to buy domain names online?
Step 1 – Think of a unique domain name. A lot of the good ones are already taken. You may end up using a longer name because your original name isn’t available. This is actually the hardest part.
Step 2- Go to Google and do a search for ‘buy domain name’. What you will see when the list loads is a long series of options. Places like Yahoo and GoDaddy are fairly popular but they are not the only ones out there. Choose one. Prices can range from fairly inexpensive (think five dollars a year) to not too expensive (around ten or eleven dollars a year).
Step 3 – Once you have decided who to buy your domain through, go to their website and follow the usually simple instructions. Yahoo Domains has a sign up button right on the main page that leads you through registering your domain name step by step. Remember, all you’ve done is buy a domain name, not space to store your actual content. That is called hosting and is a different thing altogether.