Registering a domain is easy. You usually just go through your web host. You buy the domain from them at whatever price they set and it becomes yours. If you want it to be used for a site, you have it pointed at a server. There is really no need for instructions where simply registering a domain name is being discussed. You need to have a good strategy for buying them, however, and some WordPress hosts will make this easier than others.
Anonymity and Domain Names
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who buy a domain name and don’t bother to wonder what happens to their registration information. The registration information is published and is freely available. There are ways to prevent your name, address, phone number and email address from being published on the web however.
See if your host offers an anonymity service. This is a service where they register your domain but your name and other information doesn’t appear in the directory. You’ll usually see a company name listed instead of the actual registrant’s name. It’s highly advisable to do this. Remember that your name, address, phone number and email would be as good as gold to identity thieves, which is part of the reason that you’re allowed to register anonymously. If you own a company, consider registering under that name.
TLDs (Top Level Domains) are the .com, .net, .org and other extensions that come at the end of Internet addresses. Most of the time, you’ll want to purchase the three most popular TLDs for your Internet address. For example, if your domain was Example.com, you would also want Example.net and Example.org. If one of the variations isn’t available, consider whether someone inadvertently stumbling upon the site with the wrong TLD would give them a negative impression of your site by association. It happens.
Some webhosts have domain name suggestion tools. The way these work is by providing you with alternate domain names when you register one. Sometimes this is a great SEO strategy. It’s not uncommon for commercial sites to develop variations on their name—Example.com might use Example.net, for instance—with sites that have search engine optimization friendly information. Consider buying the extra names that your host recommends. They’re sometimes good buys and are sometimes great for SEO.
Remember that domain names need to be intelligible and human readable to be useful for search engine optimization. You might want to get misspellings of your domain name to ensure that you can route such individuals to your main site, but don’t use these for sites in and of themselves if you need to draw people to them. Make sure you have your domains auto-renew when they expire. Buying out expired domains is a way that internet spammers and scammers draw victims into their sites and, being the former owner, you may well be blamed for any problems that people who intended to go to your site suffer from going to a bogus site.
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