You’re convinced you should own your own domain name. You’ve done your research and brainstorming, and you have chosen a domain name that rocks, along with several alternate ideas just in case. Now it’s time to get that name registered.
There are a couple of things you should know first, and then I’ll walk you through the process to register a domain name.
Register separate from hosting
This is a debated issue. Some will argue that you should always register a domain name with a different company than you use for your web hosting, while others will tell you not to worry about it.
There are some points in favor of using one company for both services.
First, it’s slightly cheaper since most hosting companies will give you one free domain name registration with an annual hosting package paid in advance. But we’re not talking big money here. It costs around $10 a year to register a domain name, so I wouldn’t be swayed on this point alone.
Second, it’s convenient. Getting both jobs done with one stop is less hassle and less time, especially for those who want to spend less time on tech geek stuff, and more time making music. It also means one less account to keep track of, which means one less password to keep track of. It also means one less bill to keep track of. If you do it all through one provider, and set it up to auto bill, you’re done.
I’m not dead set against this. (more…)