Making your own website has become a pretty common occurrence in the cyberspace. This is beneficial because it helps the spread of information and ideas between different people. However, as soon as you start down the path to making your own website, it is easy to get confused by all the technical terms involved in the process. Here, we address the issue of a domain name, what it is, why you need one, and how to get one.
A domain name is a functional requirement for every website to have. The domain name is the address which is typed into the address bar of the browser when trying to access the web page. This means that the domain name you choose must have several key features. First, it must be easy to remember. This increases the traffic to your website; remember most people will not always remember to bookmark the page. Additionally, an easy name means that they can access it from a number of different devices easily, without having trouble memorizing.
Secondly, the domain name you choose must be unique to you. Under the regulations provided for by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ICANN, no two websites can be registered with the same name. This is to prevent overlap or misleading websites from being created. Thirdly, make the domain name relevant to your website content. This will increase your traffic in several ways. One, if people can tell what your website is about just by seeing the name, they are more likely to go to the website. Two, if the name is relevant to your content and purpose, you are more likely to be found by search engines.
The process to buy domain name is easy. First, if you are not feeling too creative or have found that the name that you desire has already been used, you can contact the owner using the WHOIS lookup service. This involves finding out who owns the name that you currently want and the quoted selling price for the same. Second, you can just create your own. Pick a sample set of names that you think would best serve your needs for the website. Go to a domain registrar website online. Check whether the desired name is available using the tools they provide. Provide your details as asked for by the registrar and pay the fee and you are ready to go.