If you need to register a new domain name then I’m going to show you how to do it in this article.
We’re going to use Namecheap.com because I have found them to offer consistently low prices and I find their website to be less cluttered and less pushy than some others I have used in the past, making it easy to register (and subsequently manage) a domain name.
In an ideal world you will have already given some thought to your choice of domain name and come up with one that is available. If you haven’t, here are some of the things you need to consider when choosing a domain name. (You can also use the Namecheap website to help you identify available domain names.)
Without further ado, lets head over to Namecheap.com, where you’ll be presented with a screen like this:
Step 1: Enter your chosen domain name
Type your chosen domain name into the box and click on the red magnifying glass.
Step 2: Add your chosen domain name to your cart
Hopefully you’ll see your chosen domain name with the option to add it to your cart. Click on the add to cart button (which will change to show that the item has been added). The top bar will also reflect the value of items in your basket.
Step 3: Start the checkout process
Click on the checkout button at the bottom of the screen.
Step 4: Confirm your domain registration options
Step 5: Create an account
Step 6: Enter your account contact details
Step 7: Enter your Whois contact information
Step 8: Enter your payment method details
Step 9: Confirm your order
Step 9: Complete feedback survey (optional)
That’s it – all done!
If you want to try your hand at creating a website to go with your new domain name you should take a look at my step-by-step guide to setting up a WordPress website which allows you to get started for free!
If you’ve already got a website you might want to check out my guide to pointing your domain name at your website.