In order to build websites that generate money, it is important to have a good identity for a site. Like its own name or brand. The term used for the name of a site is called a domain name. Like for example this site, my domain name is bryanbonifacio.com. A domain name represents an IP resource such as when connecting a computer to the internet. You can check more detailed information on domains here.
The most common top level domain names are .com, .net and .org. You can see the list of all valid top level domain names here.
Getting A Domain Name For Your Website
To get a domain name for your website, you will need to pay for it. The good thing is that it’s not that expensive. I recommend getting a .com website which is usually around $10 annually or getting a .net if the .com website is not available. There are many place to buy a domain name but I usually go to Namecheap.
The process is pretty simple, check if the domain name you want is available or not.
Upon searching the name, you’ll see what TLDs are available and the prices for the domain name. Namecheap gives discounts and promos from time to time. I bought some domains from $.99 before.
A Domain name is that the only thing that is needed on building a website. A hosting is also needed. In order to use the domain both to hosting, the DNS settings must be changed. To change the name server settings, modify a domain and click Domain Name Server Setup. The hosting company will provide nameservers and usually they are two.
That’s it. I’ll get into hosting on my next post.