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How to Register Your Blog Domain with a Web Host

By Amy Lupold Bair, Susannah Gardner

Registering a blog domain is a straightforward process. First, use a domain registrar to buy your name. After you own the name, you just need to point your new domain at your web host. This process basically involves telling your domain registrar which web server your website is on; your web hosting company or domain registrar gives you the information and tools to make it all work.

You can use many domain registration services. The choice really comes down to the domain management interface — the tools that you get to manage your domain. Some management screens are incredibly difficult to work with.

Finding a host that has a clean and easy-to-use interface makes a world of difference when you’re updating or making changes to your web domain. Be sure to shop around, as well. The annual fee for domain registration varies widely, and for the most part, the price differences don’t equal a difference in what you get.

Domain registration services often offer coupon codes. Be sure to use your favorite search engine to locate applicable codes before purchasing your desired domain names.

You can choose to register for your domain for a single year or for multiple years at a time. Typically, registering for multiple years earns you a small discount. If you choose to register for only a year, you need to renew the domain in a year (assuming that you want to keep your website going).

Registration services also allow you to choose an auto-renew option. Many domain registration companies also offer web-hosting and e-mail packages.

Make sure that you keep your domain registration up to date. If you have any changes to your domain or contact information, including your e-mail address, update your domain information immediately. If your information isn’t current, you can lose access to your domain or miss e-mail reminders to renew your domain. Print a copy of the login information and store it safely.

There are numerous options out there for you to decide between when it comes to registering your blog. Here are the four most common. Each site has different features that you should take into account before picking which site to utilize.

How to register your blog with GoDaddy

GoDaddy is a popular web host and domain registrar that provides a long list of web services, including domain hosting, web hosting, and e-mail address hosting. It has a good reputation and is easy to contact if you require assistance. Domain prices vary, but typically start at $12.99 for a year’s registration.

To register a domain with GoDaddy, follow these steps:

  1. Point your web browser to GoDaddy.

    Type the domain you’re interested in into the Start Your Domain Name Search text box.

  2. Click the Go button.

    GoDaddy returns a page indicating whether your domain is available.

  3. If your domain is available and you want to complete your purchase, click the Add button to add it to your shopping cart.

    If your domain is unavailable, use the Search for Another Domain text box to try a new name.

  4. Continue shopping for other domains on GoDaddy or follow the instructions for completing the credit card purchase of the domain you select.

How to register your blog with Network Solutions

Network Solutions is one of the granddaddies of all registrars. At one time, it was one of the few places you could register a domain. Services are varied and flexible, with a variety of available options. Domains are available for as little as $2.99 for one year of registration, making Network Solutions an affordable option.

How to register your blog with Namecheap

Namecheap domain registrar offers domains starting at the very low price of $3.98 per year and provides customers with a variety of payment options, including PayPal. Namecheap has grown in popularity recently owing to low pricing and good customer service.

How to register your blog with Hover

Hover promises to simplify the domain registration process for users and is known for its highly accessible customer service team. Domains start at $15 per year.

Be prepared for a laundry list of add-on offers when purchasing a domain name:

  • Additional, related domains: If purchasing a .com, for example, you will be asked to also purchase that domain name with additional suffixes such as .co, .net, and .org. Buy these additional domains only if you believe it is necessary to protect the blog name you’ve created.

  • Private domain registration: If you’re planning to blog anonymously, you need to purchase this additional service so that readers can’t see the name and address of the person who purchased your blog’s URL.

  • Certified domain seal: Some website owners choose to pay for this seal with the intent of turning their site into an e-commerce site. This add-on is not necessary for a blog.

  • Web hosting: Select your preferred web host prior to purchasing your URL. If you choose to host with your registrar service, you may be able to save money by purchasing both services at the same time.

  • Upgraded e-mail: You will receive access to domain-related e-mail addresses when you register your domain, so unless you need an upgraded service for business reasons, you likely want to decline this offer.