Website Wednesday 6-23

A common question for anyone thinking about getting a website is:

When do I buy the domain?

The answer:

Once you’ve settled on a name, buy it. Don’t put it off because you’re not sure if you’ll actually use it.

Here is the number ONE reason why:

Your dream domain is awesome! But suddenly, it’s not available anymore.

This is the biggest heartbreak ever. You go to purchase your domain only to find it’s been taken. Chances are you did a public whois on GoDaddy or some other site and the evil domain harvesting sites saw that someone had searched your domain, and suddenly deemed it as a wanted name. They swoop in and buy it. Just like that it’s gone.

To avoid this issue I recommend the following:

  • NEVER share your ideal domain!
  • DON’T do domain registration site whois searches until you’re ready to purchase.
  • REGISTER your domain as soon as you’ve settled on a name.

If you’re unsure of your domain, by all means, take time and think about it. But be warned that the longer you think about it the more likely your dream domain might be taken.

Always remember that just because you’ve purchased a domain doesn’t mean you have to build a website ASAP. It’s ok to let it sit there while you prepare yourself for the next step. If you have a blog on Blogger or WordPress, point it to that link until you’re ready to do more with it.

And don’t be lured in by the extras.

If you’re not ready to build your site, hold off on the hosting. It’s only an unneeded fee until you actually use it. Most domain registrar places try to push their hosting packages but if you’re not ready, don’t waste the money.

Domain registrar places will also try to sell you multiple domains. Just ask yourself: Do you really need the .info, .me or .org? Probably not. If you have a commonly misspelled name, then perhaps you should buy the misspelled version of your domain in a .com but I’ve never found any reason to buy any of the other extensions. The .com or .net are good enough!

Domain Privacy is the one thing I do recommend adding on if its not part of the package. This feature protects your personal information from the whois records. Not everyone needs to know you live at 324 West Author Lane in Newcommerville.

Good luck on your future purchase!

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