While launch an online business it looks very easy to buy a new domain name however such things can be dangerous for your business. In fact, the domain name of your business is like a deed for a property as it is more important than its physical address. It can be disastrous for your business if you lose control on its domain name. So while buying a domain name you should be careful.
The information provided in this write-up can help you in registering your domain name in a stepwise manner. It will help you in finding the availability of domain name of your choice as well as its best alternatives along with buying it from a genuine vendor to start using it. It will also alert you from the situations where you can lose control on your domain name or hacked by your competitors to affect your sales. These awkward situations can be avoided by preparing yourself in advance.
Avoid buying incorrect domain name
It is one of the great mistakes made by people while buying a domain name. According to Joe, the owner of Joes Blue Widgets, he searched for JoesBlueWidgets.com to get the domain name, but could not get it. Actually he wanted to get a domain name and start using it without focusing on his website.
Wait, you say – how to find if a domain is available? You can check domain availability by opening up our recommended registrar, Namecheap (it will open in a new window so you can conduct searches while you continue reading).
It is one of the most common problems. People can get a domain name of their choice just by adding some hyphens or keywords in them. For instance if Joe had searched for Joes-Blue-Widget.com then he might have got it. In fact a hyphen does not much difference. Similarly, if you add some of your keywords in your domain name even then you can increase the chances of getting a relevant domain name. For instance, if Joe had searched for WhichBlueWidgetIsBestInTheWorld.com then he might not have to be disappointed.
Avoid searching domain name on any register
Your next step should be to search for the availability of the domain names shortlisted by you. At this stage you will have to be a bit careful as some of the crooked domain selling companies can compel you to register with them before starting search so that they can sell their options at higher rates. In fact they hold the domain names relevant to your business for few days even without paying its registration fee in full. So instead searching domains on any register you should choose some reliable and reputable domain registrars to use their services from very beginning till end.
So, you should either read our reviews to find the best domain registrar recommended by us like GoDaddy or follow this guide for this purpose. You can also find inexpensive registrars with us but their quality can be accordingly.
For instance you are not satisfied with exiting registrar and want to transfer you name with some other registrar then we can also recommend few for this purpose as transferring domain name is not a big issue. However, such transfers may not be easy due to the presence of unreliable service providers. Still you can search online to know how to transfer your domain in a hassle free way.
Secure your domain from expiry
It can be worst situation for you if someone else is controlling your domain name as you will be S.O.L once your domain is expired. You can handle such situation easily just by auto-renewing your domain name with the help of your registrar. It will help you to get a notification, in case of failure of auto-renewing feature, by popping up something important about your domain registration or detail of renewal.
However, if your domain name has expired due to any reason then you may not lose everything. You can search online to find some solution like my articles in this respect.
Save the details of your registration to retain your domain
You should visit the registrar of your choice to follow the process of registration once you get a relevant domain name to purchase. You should follow the tips given here under to do so:
Manage phone number and email address: You should use the phone number of email address which you can access to recover your domain registration if you have ever lost it as your registrar to contact you only through it. So you should not create a new email address for registering your domain as you can forget it very soon.
Protect the data of your registration: Namecheap will provide you WhoisGuard or Whoisdata for free for a year to make your registration private or save you from dishonest telemarketers and scammers, if you register through it. Whois protection should be provided by most registrars with domain registration for free or against a little fee. However it cannot protect extensions like .us to the domain name. So you should the basic extension like .com with your domain.
Avoid using login of your registrar: You should keep track of your login details and the registrar of your domain name as this information is very sensitive. It is better to keep your login details secure or use a two-level security for using it. It will protect your account from dishonest persons as they will have to prove their identity through text or phone call along with your email address and password to enter into it.
Protect your brand and domain name
It is important for you to secure your domain name after using all the tips discussed above. You can register your domain with .org and .net also along with .com and redirect to the last one or remove hyphen from the hyphen linked domain name to protect your access to your website through one domain name or the other.
If you also want to protect your domain name form the registrars registering similar domain name to divert your traffic then you can read my article to protect you from typosquatters. For instance, if Joe has JoesBlueWidgets.com as his registered domain and someone else registers JoesBlueWidget.com then it is the case of typosquatting as the later one can get the traffic of the former one just by missing to type letter s in the search.