What is a domain name, and why do you need one now!

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What is a domain name, and why do you need one now!

What is a domain name, and why do you need one now!

If you’re thinking about creating an online presence, whether it’s for your personal blog, small business, or even a Facebook page, one of the first things you should consider is getting yourself a domain name. It’s not only going to make things easier for you, but it will also help you share your content and give your website a more professional look. In this post, I’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about domains so you can get one with ease!

This is the second post of a 12-part series I have planned for this year. My goal is to help you improve your online presence, whether you have a small personal blog or a well-known business website. So, stay tuned for some awesome tips that will make your online presence shine!


Previous post from this series:

How to Start Planning – Improve Your Website And Get Organized


What is a domain name?

When you create a website or a blog, it’s always better to attach a domain to it. A domain is like a fancy address that can even be added to your social media account.

If you don’t get a domain first, your website or blog will have a long, temporary address. For example, if you create a blog on the blogger platform, it will always have an address like:

www.BlogName.blogspot.com

Since the blog name you want may be already taken, you may end with a really long address, which is hard to remember and doesn’t look good. By getting a custom domain, you can replace it with, for example:

www.BlogName.com

If you’re having trouble finding a domain name for your website because the name you want is already taken, don’t worry! You can try using different domain endings, also known as Top-Level Domains (TLDs). The most popular TLD is .com, which is usually used for commercial websites.

But did you know that each country has its own specific TLD, like .mx for Mexico or .it for Italy? Pretty cool, right? This information can be super helpful when you’re trying to come up with a unique domain name for your website.


Why you should get one?

The main reasons why you should get a domain are:

  • A shorter and better-looking address
  • You can take your domain with you when changing platforms for a seamless transition
  • Your online presence will look more professional
  • The domain can be used to create custom e-mail like [email protected]

How to get a domain + domain costs

Great question! So you’re wondering how to get a domain, huh? Don’t worry, it’s really easy! If you already have a hosting service, you can usually purchase a domain from the same provider. But if you’re just looking for a domain, I’d recommend Bluehost (with my link, you can even get it for a better price).

When purchasing hosting, be cautious of prices. Often, you’ll be offered a free domain or a domain for as little as $1. However, this is not a one-time payment and you’ll need to renew your domain each year. In the second year, you’ll be charged the full price, so it’s important to check renewal prices before accepting a free domain offer. Just to give you an idea, the current renewal cost for a .com domain on Bluehost is $22.

If you are just starting and do not have hosting or domain, make sure to check: How to Start a Blog or Website


I really hope that this short guide was helpful for you in understanding what a domain name is and how to get one. If you still have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time via email or by posting your queries in the comments section below. I’m always here to help you out!