How to Buy a Domain Name

Buying domain names (website addresses, for example “”) is very simple – if you know how to do it. If you are just starting out, then here’s a very simple 2-step guide on getting the domain name you want.

First step is to come up with a good domain name
Many of the fanciest .com and .net domains are already taken, so you might want to come up with alternative ideas. For example, if “” is taken – you could try to see if “” or “” would be available. I’m using these two free tools to help coming up with good names:

  • – plenty of ideas & suggestions. Try different categories or themes that’s displayed in the bottom of the page.
  • – Easy-to-use suggestion tool for domain names (I’ve noticed the “availability” might not always display them right)

The next step is to get your domain
I’ve used for half a decade, and I’m extremely happy with them. While their name might sound suspicious, they are Enom registrar (which basically means “proper registrar”) and I’ve never had a single problem with their service. Their prices are good (they have been charging close to $8.88 since I’ve been there), and I warmly recommend them. Feel free to get some reviews at in case you need more opinions.

The last thing you need to do is to point your domain name to a webhosting service (which you can do by yourself – or simply let your webhosting service handle it), and that’s it. Now you’ve just got your very own domain name.

Conquering the Internet is pretty simple – you just need to spend some bucks.

5 thoughts on “How to Buy a Domain Name

  1. Great additions people, thanks.

  2. I bought mine from and I recommend it as it’s really cheap and has a nice website too.

  3. Furthermore, there are some hosting companies that offer a free-domain registration when you sign up for hosting. I have this plan at Dreamhost :)

  4. Yet another good point: if you have come up with a good one and it appears to be available, get it IMMEDIATELY! Even if you don’t plan to use it for another year, don’t wait. The one I originally had in mind was taken a few days before I wanted to get it. Stuff like that really makes you want to smack your head into the wall!

  5. Another good point when you buy a domain name: don’t let it expire, even if you let the site shutdown. I recently had to buy back a domain that expired a few years ago because we didn’t need it at the time. The $30 or so it would have cost to keep up registration would have been far less then the $125 or so I had to pay to get it back.