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Module 1: Create Your Website

How To Register Your Domain Name

Action Plan

Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas Using Lean Domain Search (Optional)


Why This Step Is Important

Oftentimes the domain name you want to use for your website will already be registered by somebody else. We recommend using the Lean Domain Search to come up with unique brand name ideas that you might not have considered.

Once you find the perfect name for your website, you can go to step two and register your domain name.

Visit The Lean Domain Search

Watch Our Video Tutorial For This Step

This video will walk you through how to use the Lean Domain Search to discover hundreds of unique domain name ideas for your website.

Video Summary

  • Visit Lean Domain Search
  • Why you might need to use this tool (0:20)
  • Enter your keyword (0:40)
  • Make a list of all possible domain name ideas (0:55)
  • Filter results to show keyword at start or end of domain (1:19)
  • Use the Power Thesaurs to find additional synonyms (1:40)
  • Wait until the next step to register your domain name (2:05)

(I know what domain name I want to use for my website)

Step 2: Register Your Domain Name With Namecheap


Why We Recommend Using Namecheap

Namecheap is the best site for purchasing domain names. Their checkout process is super fast and they don’t hassle you with a lot of upsells. Namecheap is also the cheapest place to purchase a domain name with privacy protection (privacy protection hides your personal information from the public database of domain names).

Visit Namecheap

Watch Our Video Tutorial For This Step

This video will walk you through how to purchase and register your domain name using Namecheap.

Video Summary

  • Visit Namecheap
  • Enter your domain name to see if it’s available to register (0:17)
  • Pricing explained (1:08)
  • Enable WhoisGuard to protect your privacy (1:25)
  • Walk-through of the checkout process (2:32)
  • Click the confirmation link in your email to finalize registration (4:33)

(I have registered my domain name)

FAQ


Do I have to choose a .com domain name?

No, you do not have to choose a .com domain name. Sometimes it’s just not possible to find a good .com domain name since so many domain names have already been registered.

Other extensions such as .org, .net, or .co will be just fine. However, I would only purchase a different extension if the .com domain name isn’t currently being used by an existing business in your same industry.

For example, we use launchparty.org (since the .com was already registered), but we made sure that launchparty.com wasn’t being actively used by another business. That way we did’t have to worry about any trademark issues or customer confusion with there being two active businesses with the same name.

Why is it better to purchase my domain name with Namecheap instead of my hosting company?

There are several reasons we recommend using NameCheap to register your domain name instead of your hosting company.

1) It’s cheaper. Hosting companies always charge more for their domain names, especially if you want to register your domain name privately. For example, SiteGround charges $16 to register a domain name + $12 for domain privacy ($26 total per year).

2) It’s better to purchase your domain names from a registrar that’s separate from your hosting company so that your hosting company doesn’t have any control over your domain names. This allows you to more easily change hosting companies in the future if you ever need to.

3) As you begin to acquire more domain names and create more websites, it makes sense to keep everything in one place so that your domain names are not spread out across multiple hosting providers or multiple hosting accounts.

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