So, you’ve had a great business idea! After some considerable thought you’ve decided on your ideal web address. Now what? Read on for everything you need to know before registering a new domain.
Finding the perfect domain for your next project can be tougher than you think, but with a little help you can achieve this. We know a thing or two about web addresses after 15 years in the business!
Here is a step-by-step guide to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to create a functioning and popular site:
- Check for availability.
This step is the easiest and sometimes the most frustrating. Click here to see if the address you have in mind is available. If not, consider registering a gTLD (otherwise known as a generic top level domain) instead. These were created as alternatives to .com, .org and .net. Depending on your industry, a unique web address ending can create the web presence you are looking for if your .com is unavailable.
- Select optional services.
When checking out on an online ecommerce site you will be presented with options for security as well as the length of registration. Midphase’s checkout options allow you to register your chosen domain for up to 10 years at a time (talk about hassle free!) in addition to opting to keep your domain private from public information databases. If you would like to keep your domain private, interested parties will contact you through an anonymous venue rather being able to access your personal information. You may not want to be looked up by anyone through a Whois search as the database contains your name, address, telephone number and other information you probably want to keep confidential.
- Pick a package.
Is it just a web address you need? What about hosting, somewhere to put your site too? How are you going to be building your site? What about security? There are lots of things to consider but Midphase offers many options to make answering these questions easily. Just click the option for web hosting as well as website builder services and we will help you create your ideal site. The web builder is really easy to use in that you simply drag-and-drop the features you want included on your site. You can also include 24×7 security from SiteLock for additional security (recommended for sites that will have access to sensitive information such as credit card details or postal addresses).
- Look for ways to save.
There are many different ways to save on domain registration and web hosting. Introductory coupons and special promotions can save you a significant amount of money when registering an address for an extended period of time, which is why you should think about what you need rather than just look for a domain registration company. For example, Midphase offers a free .com registration when you sign up for a year of web hosting at the same time, meaning you’ve instantly saved at least $10 (up to $20 depending on the domain). If you take some time and look around at the different deals on offer you will surprised at how much you can save.
- Pay attention to the Terms and Conditions.
Anything to do with web hosting can be an intricate business and registering domains is no exception. Many people needing domains will be looking for the best deal, thinking they can outwit the registration company and take the deal with a plan to move the domain to another host after purchase. However, they are likely to be disappointed when they find out that there is usually a waiting period before they can actually transfer the address. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has many rules that apply to all domain registrars and have a tendency to be quite strict. To best protect yourself and your site, make sure that you read through all Terms of Service and Service Level Agreements before purchasing. You will thank yourself later.
If at any time you have any questions about the domain registration process please contact our support staff at Midphase.com/support.
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