How to do what now?
Hey there! Today I will be showing you how to register a domain name with Namecheap. Yeah, you heard right. In this post I will be your guide and walk you through the process of getting your domain name registered.
So what do I need?
On this quest, should you choose to accept it, you wil be required to have the following tools ready,
- Form of payment
- Credit Card
- Paypal account
- Debit account
- Email address
- Internet Connection
I’ve go the stuff, what now?
Before we can continue on our journey, were going to have to talk about a few things.
First, what exactly is a domain name and why do I need to register one? Well, a domain name is basically the name of your website and what people type into the browsers address bar. Yeap, thats it! Ok yes, there’s more but you don’t need to know because we just want to register a domain name right now. However, if you really want to know more about domain names, I do my best to explain them here.
Second, what are domain registrars? If you google the term you will find out that domain registrar companies like Namecheap more or less keep track of who owns which domains. In other words, they are on charge of matching up the IP adressess that computers use, with easy to remember words that humans use.
In the next section, I’ll show you how to register your domain with Namecheap
On to the steps!
Step 1: Go to the Namecheap website homepage
Step 2: In the input box, type in the domain that you want to register. Once you’ve typed that in, press enter.
In this example reggietehroman.com is the domain that I want to register
Step 3: After the page loads you will see whether or not your domain name is available. If it is, add it to your cart.
Step 4: Click on the view cart button
Step 5: On your shopping cart page, you will see the total cost of registering your domain name. The price will differ depending on the top level domain you choose and whether or not it requires the ICANN fee. If everything seems to be in order, click the confirm order button.
Step 6: Since I didn’t tell you to log in at any point of this tutorial, I’ll assume you aren’t logged in. So the next step is to create your account.
Step 7: After you click the “Create Account and Continue” button, you will be redirected to another page where you will be required to input more information. Click the continue button once you are done.
Step 8: On the setup page you are given the option to change the information for different contact roles. If you are registering a domain for personal use, there should be no need to change any of the information here. You also have the option to check the box that will set your contacts information for future purchases. Once you’re satisfied with everything, click continue.
Step 9: On this page, you will have to input the details for your payment method. Namecheap gives you the option to pay with a credit card, paypal account, or a debit account. If you need to change any information here, feel free to do so. You have the option to allow Namecheap to automatically renew your domain name registration fee, WhoisGuard and premiumDNS add ons. I suggest that at the very least, you check the box to automatically renew your domain registration. Once you’re done, click continue.
Step 10: Once your payment has been made, you are officially the owner of your chosen domain name! Yaay you!
But the domain name I want is already taken!
It’s not the end of the world if you find that the domain name that you wanted is already taken. There a couple of things that you can do.
First, you can pick another top-level domain. The beautiful thing about the way domain names work is that because a full domain is the combination of the top-level and second-level domain, you can always just choose another top level domain if the combination you want has already been taken. Is reggietheroman.com taken? Then why not settle for reggietheroman.co? or reggietheroman.ph? Even reggietheroman.io could be an alternative.
There are many new top-level domains being made available to the public. The best part is that Namecheap will always show you other top-level domains that you can register. Trust me, finding a new top-level domain should not be a problem.
Second, you can buy the domain name from the current owner. A lot of the time, good domain names are already registered but that doesn’t mean that they’re being used.
Many people register domain names just to sell them at a higher price. If you absolutely must have a certain domain name, you can always contact the owner and try to buy it off of them.
What are you waiting for?
There you go! At this point you should either be the proud new owner of a domain name, or you should at least have enough knowledge to get one. If you’re having some trouble, leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do to help you out.
In the future, I will be putting up a post detailing what you can do with your fancy new domain name.