Registering a domain name (GoDaddy)

by James Cook on May 22, 2010

1. Select your domain name

Go to GoDaddy.com, enter the domain name you want and click Go!

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Note: When choosing a domain name you’re limited to letters (domain names are not case sensitive), numbers and hyphens.

Try for something relatively short, memorable and easy to communicate. Don’t be surprised if your top choices are already taken. It might take some work to select a domain name but it’s worth the effort. You and your website will be living with it for a long time.

If the name you want is unavailable, you’ll receive the following warning.

Name Taken

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Continue searching until you find one you like that is available.

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Warning: When you’ve found a name that is available, double check and make sure you’ve spelled everything correctly. There’s nothing worse than buying a domain only to discover a typo afterwards (the voice of experience speaks!).

Once you’ve selected the domain(s) you want to purchase, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the orange Proceed to Checkout button.

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Once you Proceed to Checkout you are greeted with a red stop sign and an ominous looking message about protecting your name and increasing your traffic.

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Now, you may well want to consider locking up the other top-level domain extensions (.net, .biz, etc.) for your domain to prevent competitors from snatching them up. However, if you don’t feel like messing with it right now, don’t let the scary message bother you. You can always come back and register them later. Just click the small Continue to checkout… link.

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