After finding the perfect domain name to buy and use, the next step is to register that domain name. Registering domain names is now a fairly straightforward process. You simply pay for the annual fee and the domain name is yours. There are a number of tips that will help you register your domain names without a problem, and we are going to review them in this article.
Domain Registrar vs. Hosting Companies
I still maintain that the best way to register your domain name is by working with a dedicated domain registrar. Companies such as SiberName offer .ca domain names as well as other popular TLDs; registering the domain name of your choice should not be difficult at all.
The reason why separating domain name registration and web hosting is simple: should you need to switch hosting companies, you don’t have to worry about having to transfer the domain name or worse: losing it.
Secure Popular TLDs
.com, .net and .org domain names are considered very popular, so almost everyone will try to get their domain names with these TLDs. Securing the popular TLDs is a good practice. You are protecting your brand and preventing unnecessary problems in the future.
Seek Discounts and Use Coupons
Domain registrars are offering domain names at great prices, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek offers and discounts. There are actually a lot of special offers, coupons and bulk pricing that can help you save a lot on domain names. It is even possible to get a domain name for as little as $0.99.
Keep in mind that these special offers are valid for the first year only. Don’t forget to also check the cost of renewing your domain names before jumping on the offers. On the other hand, some offers are for the first billing cycle. This means you can pay for longer years and get larger discounts in return.
Learn About the Requirements & Terms
For certain domain names, such as Canada’s very own .ca domain, there are requirements to be met before you can register the domain names you want. Most of the time you just need to be a citizen or supply the registrar with a personal ID.
You also need to understand the terms of the purchase. I know reading Terms and Conditions page is neither fun nor enjoyable, but in this case it is a necessary thing to do. For example, there are plenty of shady domain resellers that will renew your domain names when you fail to do so. If that happens, your domain names belong to the reseller. When it happens to a valuable domain, it will not be that easy to get the domain names back. Understanding the terms and conditions will help prevent mishaps like this from happening in the future.
Domain Names Are Valuable Assets
Last but not least, always understand that domain names can be – or, in your case, may already be – more valuable than the annual fee you are paying. Be sure to treat them as assets and protect them.