Picking a name is one of the foundational building blocks for a successful website.
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That’s why it’s necessary to understand what a domain name is, and how domains work. In this video we’ll describe the best web hosting and domain registration provider. We’ll also discuss getting the best domain name, how does the DNS work and website domain name best practices.
If you’ve ever wondered what is a domain name generator? How do I get a domain name in the United States? or even – how to search for a new domain name – you’ve come to the right place!
We’re about to show you the best domain name provider, along with several extra tips like how to set up multiple domain names for the same website.
So let’s get started!
A domain name is what you’ll type into a browser in order to visit a specific website. Essentially, it’s the site’s address, since it’s where the site “lives” on the web. For that reason, all domains also belong to something called a Domain Name System (DNS), a vast network administered by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Simply put, the DNS is a network of servers located around the world that operates an enormous address book. Without the DNS, you would have to memorize Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for each website.
In other words, if you wanted to visit Facebook, you might have to enter something like “220.127.116.11” instead of “facebook.com.”
How does the DNS turn numbers into much easier-to-remember domain names? Well, when you enter a domain name into your web browser, you’re dialing up the IP address of the site’s server. The DNS uses those numbers to map out and find the desired site.
To get YOUR site online, you’re required to have a domain name also known as a website address, and a web host.
There are two main places you can purchase domain names. There are some standalone domain name registrars. However, you can also buy a domain through any web hosting provider.
Web hosting providers store your website’s data on specialized computers called servers. This is what enables other people to access the content you create. The server houses your website and makes it available online so that anyone who wants to can visit it. Meanwhile, your domain name is your website’s address, making it possible for those visitors to find the site.
Finding a web host that fits your needs means looking for a few telltale features. Usually, a solid hosting package will give you some bonuses beyond just storing your site’s data.
Next, you’ve got to research your prospective domain name. At the very least, you’ll want your chosen domain name to reflect the nature of your website or business. After all, your domain is the perfect chance for you to advertise your brand.
With that in mind, you might want to consider using a tool like Google Keyword Planner. This will help you identify keywords that can give you a competitive edge, while still being sufficiently popular and easy to remember.
You can also use a domain name generator. With this kind of tool, you can brainstorm ideas related to your site’s audience and primary focus.
Once you have a few domain names in mind, it’s time to find out what’s actually available. Any registrar or web host that offers domains will provide you with a tool that lets you enter in the desired domain name and check its availability.
You’ll also typically be presented with alternative suggestions, so if your original idea is taken, you may be able to find something very similar.
Once you know what domain you want, you should be able to obtain it by selecting a “buy now” button next to the name.
If you’re picking up a domain name from your web host, you should also be able to choose and buy your name alongside your plan. But if you get your domain name somewhere else, don’t worry — you can still connect it up to your site’s web host.
You can even connect multiple domains to the same website. This can be helpful if you want to make sure visitors who misspell your domain or use the wrong extension still end up in the right place.
Once you’ve registered a domain name or names, they’re yours until the registration period expires. You can move your website to a different platform or host and still use the same address.
If your domain name expires, you may be given a window of opportunity to renew it before someone else can take it. For example, here at DreamHost, we offer a renewal grace period of 30 days. This ensures that you have enough time to keep your domain name active.
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