Registering a domain name (GoDaddy)

by James Cook on May 22, 2010

3 Registration options

At this point you should see a box full of options that looks something like this:

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Fig. A.7

You’ll need to select the number of years you’d like to register your domain for. The default value is 5 years (because Godaddy wants to get as much money from you up front as possible) but I tend to go with 1 or 2 years. There’s really no wrong answer here, it’s just a matter of how much you want to spend right now. No matter what option you choose you will always own the domain as long as you continue to renew it before the end of the registration period.

You’ll also see options to certify your domain or add hosting or email. I strongly recommend ignoring these options. While I recommend Godaddy domain registration, I’ve been less than happy with their hosting services.

Note: While you will need both hosting and email, there is a MUCH better option that I’ll cover in my next post, Purchasing and Configuring Web Hosting.

Once you’ve selected the desired number of years from the drop down, scroll down until you see the “Checkout Preference” options.

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Fig. A.8

The default option is Customize my order. That will lead you through a whole series of sales pitches for products and services you don’t need. Save yourself the hassle and select the No thanks. I’m ready to checkout option.

As you may have guessed, it’s once again time to click the orange Continue button.

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