Whether you’re starting a new business in 2020 or finally creating a website for your current company, registering your domain is the crucial first step. It’s difficult to know where to go to register your domain, so Now IT Connects has made it simple. Visit our website and follow a few easy steps to get up and running in no time.
1. Come Up with a Great Name
“Keyword” is a big buzzword in the website development world. But in December 2019, keywords in your URL aren’t a huge factor in how Google ranks you in its search results. What you need to know is that the best name for your domain is one that is easy for both your audience and Google to understand. Err on the side of clarity and simplicity. Your best bet may be to simply use your company name.
2. Use Our Domain Registration Tool
Once you’ve settled on a name for your site, visit our domain registration site. There, you can search for and purchase your domain, web hosting, email, and other essential website tools.
3. Purchase Your Domain and Choose a Hosting Platform
To see if your first-choice domain is available, search for it with our tool. The tool will produce several options. If the .com extension is available, we recommend going with that (unless you’re a nonprofit, in which case .org is a good option for you). Notice that the cost of the domain changes depending on the extension. Once you’ve made your decision, add your selection to the cart.
Then, click on “Hosting” in the top navigation bar to select a hosting environment for your domain. This is where your domain will live on the internet. cPanel is a popular choice, as is WordPress. Or, you may choose to host your domain on a dedicated, private server.
4. Opt for SSL and Website Backup
If all you’re interested in is the domain, you could check out at this point. However, we encourage you to consider purchasing some essential security tools first. An SSL certificate lets users who visit your site know you keep their data safe. Google considers SSL certification in its search results. Sites without an SSL certificate are ranked lower than sites with the certificate in place.
Website backup is another service we highly recommend. Don’t put a lot of time, effort, and money into a new site you are not planning to back up and keep safe. Website backup is affordable, automated, and provides a lot of peace of mind.
5. Add Email and Online Storage
Don’t forget to add email and online storage to your domain purchase. These services will allow you to send emails from your website domain (firstname.lastname@example.org, for example) and add and remove email users with ease. Online storage is a good option for backing up files to the cloud and making it easy for your team to collaborate.
6. Get Online!
You’ve purchased your domain, hosting, SSL, backup, email, and storage. It’s time to get online! The next step is to design a beautiful, optimized website. There are several good DIY options, but we recommend calling in the pros to maximize your investment in your new website. For a recommendation or for help registering your domain, contact our team!