Register Your Own Domain
You must register your domain (or URL) so that no one else can use it. Your domain serves as your unique internet address. Most businesses use the .com suffix, but depending on availability of your request, you might have to settle for a different suffix.
There are many agents who will obtain your URL for you and license it to you, or register it for you.
Your first step in the process is to see if your desired URL is available.
Research Domain Availability
If possible, you want your URL to describe your offering, your hobby, etc. However, given the maturity of the internet, most 'common' names of URL's are already taken. Thus you might need to get a little creative with this step.
To see if your domain name, or URL is available for registration, you can use many different services. Some are listed below:
- GoDaddy - provides a simple search tool where you type in your requested URL, and it gives an immediate response of its availability. Godaddy's tool also provides suggestions of other available URL's if your request is already taken.
- Network Solutions - provides a simple search tool for URL's and also provides other suggested similar URL’s.
- NameBoy - provides a unique reverse-engineering approach to determining your URL. The tool accepts two keywords, which you provide, and then suggests various combinations of available URL's which utilize those keywords.
- Host Monster - is a web hosting company, but you can search for your domain name here.
Register Your Domain
You can register your domain for as little as one year, or up to 5 or more years.
Registering is now a simple process when you utilize one of the registration sites. Simply search on and find an available URL, and then follow the steps. Once registered, you now have complete control of that domain, and you could point a website to this unique address.
Congratulations, you've completed the first daunting step in creating your website.
The next step in the process is to determine which content editor you will use to build your website.
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