Your Own a Domain Name, Why Should You Buy One?
Domain names are like real estate on the web. They can be used for websites relating to yourself, your business, a club, or anything else your heart desires.
Your own website name (domain name) may be the single most beneficial, cost effective asset you ever purchase. With most of the world doing business using the web these days, your presence in this marketplace is virtually a must. If you already have or intend to have your own business (small or large) or even a local club you must enter this arena to stay ahead of your competitors.
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There are plenty of good reasons to register your own domain name, here are just a few:
Have you ever seen a business website run from one of the free blogger platforms? Have you ever seen a business with someone else’s name conjoined to theirs? Of course you haven’t. Why? Because having your own name, your own website, your own letterhead adds credibility to your business, club and even your personal blog. Having your own domain will give an immediate dose of credibility to your site.
When you host your own domain name you have complete control over the software and the setup. You can use simple HTML pages or a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress. As your blog grows you’ll find this flexibility is vital, it allows you to expand the scope of your site and generate more traffic and money.
Admittedly registering a domain for your website takes a bit of time and effort, especially if it’s your first time. But registering your domain name yourself, gives you the opportunity to select the registrar with the best price. Since the price for domain registration can vary from as little as $3 to over $30 depending on the registrar, it is easy to see there’s an opportunity to save yourself a little money.
- Remember you don’t have to host your web site with registrar of your domain name. A good place to start your search is with either GoDaddy or JustHost (where this web site is hosted).
Even if your business isn’t ready for a website, or you have not decided who will design or host your site, you can acquire the domain names you want now to prevent your competitors taking advantage.
It’s inevitable, people will search for your name and/or your company name in one of the online search engines. If you haven’t registered either one as a domain name, then you don’t know what they’ll find. Especially if you have a common business or personal name, it’s imperative you register it as a domain quickly.
When you register your own domain, you will be listed as the registrant (owner) of the domain, as well as it’s technical and administrative contact. If it’s a popular domain name you also have the opportunity to sell the domain name to someone else. While most website designers are ethical, there are some who will register a client’s domain name under their own name. If the client and designer split in the future, the ownership of the name becomes a point of contention.
As the registrant for your website’s domain name, you are free to move your website to a different hosting company, to another web design firm or even sell your domain name. Being listed as the registrant makes transfer of the domain that much simpler.
If you just want to ‘play around’ blogging you can setup a FREE blog with either WordPress or Blogger and obtain a FREE domain with an address such as:
But as you can see, you get the suffix web site address of either WordPress dot com or blogger dot com and not a web address which advertises your business or club.
- If you want to be independent and take full control of your presence on the web and your web site’s destiny you definitely need your own web site name. You can research your domain name choices at any of the registrars listed in my article, Where to Register Domain Names.
Even if you are only planning your web presence at this stage you can still do domain registration, with or without a parked domain hosting package. By registering your name now you are assured of getting the domain you want rather than having someone else acquire your company or club name. It’s a little hard changing your company’s name, in particular once your business is established, but just imagine what could happen if you have or get a fantastic business established and someone else has your web site name. They get all your web business because your customers naturally go to, what they presume, is your web presence.
- These FREE domains are very good for practicing but if you are going to get serious about your web presence you must get your own website name and domain hosting account.
- Search through any list of ‘things bloggers wish they had done differently,’ and ‘getting my own domain name right away,’ is almost always mentioned.
If you intend to run a business or club from your web site then you must register your own domain name. WordPress in particular does not allow commercial enterprises to make money for its dot com platform you must use the WordPress dot org platform instead. The WordPress platform is the one I currently use and I highly recommend it, it’s simple to setup and easy to manage.
Not only does having your own website name give you control but it also makes marketing your website far easier. With your own website name the only restrictions you have are those imposed by your company policy. At a cost of less than $10 per annum it certainly makes financial sense.
So, should you own your own domain name, my answer is an emphatic, YES, absolutely. It’s probably one of the best buys you will ever make.
You can research your domain name choices at any of the registrars listed in my article, Where to Register Domain Names. Most of these registrars provide domain name registration, domain name hosting, FREE domain name search facilities and some even give you a FREE domain name if you accept their domain name hosting package.
Well, I hope you found something useful and enjoyed this article, Your Own a Domain Name, Why Should You Buy One.