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Registering a Domain Name

Once you have chosen a domain name for your website, the next stage is to check availability and register the domain.

We strongly recommend keeping your domain registration separate from your hosting package and email provider, even if you are offered a bundle deal at a lower cost. This makes future changes much easier, and minimises downtime if you have to upgrade your hosting package or change your provider. It also allows you to shop around for the best deal for each service.

Although there are many domain registrars available, we always use and recommend Domain Monster for consistently low prices and reliable service. They offer a wide choice of domains and easy search tools, and have all the necessary features in their online control panel. Click on the banner to visit their website:

Domain Name Registration
Domain Name Registration

 

Saving money at Domain Monster

If you have several domains, registration and renewal costs can be minimised by purchasing a total of at least 10 or 25 years in the same transaction. For example, register a .net, a .com and .co.uk for ten years each and save 36% compared to the cost of registering and renewing them for the minimum period of one year each time.

 

Protecting your investment

Once your website is well established, the value of your domain name and others like it will increase. Prevent other people, and especially your competitors, from diverting traffic away from your website by registering all the popular top level domains (.com, .co.uk, .net, etc) and directing them all to your website. If you operate in other countries, or plan to in the future, make sure you register the relevant country domains too.

To minimise the risk of losing your domains, keep them "registrar locked" in your domain control panel, and make sure you use a strong password for your control panel that no-one else will be able to guess. Set your domains to auto-renew so you never forget, and keep your payment details up to date.

Social media is an increasingly important means of communicating with your customers. Even if you don't plan to use them initially, try to set up accounts under the same username with all the popular services (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc). While you're at it, consider registering the same username with any other online services you may want to use, such as Skype and eBay. This costs nothing, but keeps your options open and prevents other people from using the same name.

 

Can't get your favourite domain?

If the domain you want is already registered, try visiting the website. Many domains are registered by speculators who put them up for sale, or by people who never get round to publishing their website and might be willing to sell. If the website doesn't give any contact details, you can usually find the current owner by checking the "WHOIS" on the Domain Monster search results. You can either contact them directly and make an offer, or appoint a domain broker to act as your intermediary. Domain Monster also offer a backorder service which will attempt to register a domain if the current owner doesn't renew it.