I know when I first started blogging my blogspot name was something I just came up with on a whim. At the time I thought the name was a good idea but later down the line found the one that I had chosen didn’t really represent me or what my blog was about anymore and I longed to change it. Your blog is an extension of you, grows with you and needs to represent you. Today I am going to share with you how simple it is to purchase a domain name for your blog!
Choosing your domain name.
Your domain name should be something that you think long and hard about. Now while it can be anything, I personally find it’s best when a URL is short and easy to spell. It’s also great if it gives the reader an idea of what your blog is about, although that can be hard. I suggest coming up with a list of names and I will share why with you in the next step.
Purchasing your domain name.
Now that you’ve chosen your fancy new blog URL it’s time to buy it. The internet has been around for a long time and that means buying a URL can be tough. A lot of website names have been taken and having something that is unique is crucial. There are plenty of websites that you can purchase domain names from, but my personal favourite is GoDaddy. Head over to the site, input the domain name you want to buy and click search. Purchasing the .com in my opinion is very important as it is the most common domain extension and is most recognizable to users. Is it available? Great, you can head on to the next step!
Do I need to buy site hosting?
A lot of websites give you the option of buying web hosting. If you already have a blog, with Blogger for example, then buying web hosting isn’t necessary as Blogger provides you hosting. If you are going to give WordPress a try then WordPress Site/Blog hosting is something that you will need to buy. The Starter package price for blogs is quite affordable but keep in mind that you will need to renew your hosting, as well as your blog domain, so it is a annual expense. If you chose to go with WordPress then GoDaddy will set up WordPress on your site for you which is very helpful if you don’t know how to do it yourself.
Is private registration necessary?
When you purchase your domain name your personal information such as your name, mailing address, email and phone number you provided is available to the public through WHOIS (Google to find out more). If you do not want your information to be public you can buy private registration through GoDaddy. This is not something I have ever seen anyone mention so I wanted to add this in. You can decide if this is something you think you need.
Not that you’ve added your domain name to your cart (with optional additions such as hosting and private registration) you can go through with the checkout process. After you have completed that your URL is now yours and you can connect it to your Blogger/Wordpress site. If you guys would like a step-by-step guide on this I can gladly write that up for you in a future Blogging Tips post!