How to Buy a Domain Name - A Word About Web Hosting
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Wait a second...why would anyone want to get their own domain name when they can use any number of completely free sites to enjoy Web hosting? Web hosting is a service provided by Bravehost (as in the example above) along with hundreds of other domains. Through Web hosting, anyone can create pages on the Internet using an existing domain. The pages and their content will be your own -- up to a point. Whatever you do to your free site, you will still be subject to the rules and regulations of the domain, and some of your own site freedoms will be restricted.
When using Web hosting, the pages you create may have ads and links placed upon them through the domain, and not through your own efforts. Who receives the money from these ads? The domain, of course. This is one of the reasons some choose to buy their own, unique domain name. When you own the domain, you get all the revenue and you call the shots. Your site isn't dependent upon anything else; it is your very own domain.
Domain Name Registrars
But how do you actually buy a domain name? Often, Web hosting is free, but having a domain of your very own never is. This means you have to buy the domain name before you can start building your site.
To buy a domain name, you have to first choose a domain name registrar. These domain name registrars are companies which specialize in matching customers to the domain names they desire, and many of them assist you to maintain that domain with helpful support, tools and features. Choosing your domain name registrar is every bit as important as choosing the name of your domain. Take a closer look at a few domain name registrars before committing to any big decisions.
A well-known name in domains, Go Daddy allows you to purchase a domain for as little as $9.99 USD per year. This registrar also lets you transfer your domain from another registrar if needed, for a price of $6.99. Helpful tools like site building services, shopping cart add-ons and email options help you create a full-service site with Go Daddy.
Register.com offers many different domain packages and payment options. Sign up for ten-year service and pay only $30, or go year-to-year for $35. With twenty-four hour customer service and many, many marketing and commerce features, Register.com works hard to make up for this somewhat high cost.
For around $7.95 a year, anyone can get a domain with Domalot. Extensive Web site building tools, email and marketing tools offered by Domalot help you take your site to the next level of money-making. Ten-year domain packages are offered at greatly reduced rates.
Take advantage of round-the-clock customer support and many site building tools with Aplus. This registrar offers unique domain names beginning at a rate of $6.95 annually.
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