This is where it gets fun. You’ve finally chosen a name for your blog, confirmed it hasn’t been taken, and the domain name is still available! So now it’s time (race against time phrase) to register the domain name for your blog before someone else does.
How to Register a Domain Name for Your Blog
There are a lot of places to register a domain name for your blog…they are called Domain Name Registrars. There are several including Go Daddy, Google Domains, and Blue Host to name a few. I have used both Google Domains and Go Daddy, and my preference is Go Daddy.
Let me be clear…any of these are fine. Don’t stress if you have already registered your domain with Google or Blue Host. I’m simply sharing what I’ve done and feel would be the easiest for someone who is new to starting their own blog.
I chose Go Daddy because honestly I see the name everywhere. It’s the largest domain registrar in the world, with over 17 million customers, and most importantly for me 24/7 customer support. And not just (just in case meaning) online support…you can actually pick up a phone and speak to a live person.
Then…follow these simple steps:
- Type in the name of your blog into the search domain box where it says “find your perfect domain name”. Just the name of the blog, NOT the domain. For example for my blog, I would type in only perfectlittlesunday (not www.perfectlittlesunday.com).
- It should say “Yes! Your domain is available”. If so, click the orange “Continue to Cart” button.
- Next it will ask you to add privacy protection. I always say “no thanks” and move on. It keeps the cost down and really isn’t necessary when you are first starting your blog.
- It will also give you the option to create an email address with your blog name. For example, mine would be firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s only $24 per year…but I recommend declining when first starting your blog. It’s not really necessary and again, keeps costs down. You can always add this later as you begin to monetize your blog.
- Next it will take (take with a grain of salt idiom) you to your cart and automatically default to a 5 year term. This is the best deal in terms of cost, but I always choose 1 year and make sure to select the domain to automatically renew. When your blog is new you want to keep your options open. Now this is NOT ideal, and you certianly wouldn’t want this to happen, but who knows you may want to change your domain name a year down the road. At least you would not have wasted money on a 5 year term.
- Next proceed to checkout! Easy peasy!
If you are a visual person, you can watch a video tutorial of how to register your blog domain name below:
Whew! That was pretty easy now wasn’t it? Next we will discuss how to create a WordPress account and select your Blog Theme!