|Technical Level: Beginner||Time Required: 5 minutes||Cost: $5.99|
As the internet grows in popularity more people are creating a web presence. To the average person this can seem like quite a daunting task that should be left to the tech savvy folk. You will however be surprised to know that in order to get a .com address (aka: Domain Name), it only takes minutes to setup.
If you want to setup your first .com address, but you don’t need or want to know all the technical jargon that might benefit the advanced user, this step-by-step will guide you through the exact steps you need to take in order to buy a domain name from the worlds largest domain registrar (GoDaddy)
The steps below will lead you through the process from deciding on .com, .net or .org to adding hosting so you can setup a blog
- Decide on a domain name
- Check if you can get your .com address
- Purchasing your .com address
- Do I want hosting
- How do I setup e-mail
1. Deciding on a domain name
With over 100 million domain names already registered you can sometimes be disappointed when you think of the perfect name only to find somebody has already registered it.
Some tips to remember are:
- Avoid dashes “-” and numbers (both written and numeric). This complicates verbally giving somebody your .com address.
- Try and get a .com, .net or .org address where possible. This might take a little more creativity, but these domain extensions are seen as being more authoritative.
- Pick something that is easy to remember.
- If you want to be the face of the service you are going to offer then consider integrating your name. This can be a problem if you ever wanted to sell your website.
2. Check if you can get your .com address
Head on over to GoDaddy by Clicking here. By using my affiliate link and you will be presented with the following screen (and discount):
If you want to get a .com address, using the link above will apply an automatic discount. Regular .com addresses are $12.99, by using my affiliate link you will receive your .com address for $5.99.
Once there, type in the domain you would like and click “Go”. If your domain is available, click the “Add” button. The price will reflect the full cost here, however as you can see at the top of the page, at the checkout stage of getting your .com address you will receive the $5.99 price.
3. Purchase your .com address
Click on the “Continue to Registration” button on the right hand side of the page
You will be offered all the corresponding domain names with extension like .net, .org, .info. Unless you specifically want these domain extensions just click “No Thanks”
First you will need to fill in your “Domain Registration Information”. If you are a business, use your company address and phone number then click “Next >” to be taken to “Your Domain Settings”. Here you can change the length of your .com registration, as a general rule I only register domains for 1 year at a time. Click “Next >”…
“Your Domain and Privacy Protection” – this is give you the ability to restrict the information that users of your website see.
By selecting “Privacy with Business Registration” your website users will not be able to see the address and phone number you entered in your domain registration information above, however this is completely optional and if you have used your company information above it is not necessary.
4. Do I want hosting
In order to create a blog or website, when you get a .com address you will need hosting in order to store your website so the public can see it.
If you want this, select “Web Hosting Economy” and click “Add”. The economy package will suit all new users. Below this you will be given the option to buy additional e-mail addresses, however you will receive a free e-mail account that you can setup once you get your .com address.
To finalize your order scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Next” then complete your payment.
Congratulations, you now know how to get a .com address through GoDaddy!!!
5. How do I setup e-mail
Now that you have your .com address you probably want to get your free e-mail setup. You do this through “My Account” on the top left hand side of the GoDaddy website.
From “My Account” scroll down until you see EMAIL then click on it. This section will expand and you will see an option to “Set Up” your free email address. Click on this and follow the prompts to setup your free .com address email.
Once set up, to log in to you e-mail account go to https://login.secureserver.net/
Thanks for reading my guide on how to get a .com address – simplified, I hope it has helped you on your journey into the online world. If you have any feedback or further requests, I welcome you to leave a comment below.