So you have decided to create a website. Once you have the basic concept and design of your website designed, the next thing you need to do is come up with a domain name. You can either pay for a domain or use a free domain service. There are many other questions to be asked, such as: What services do you want?, What is your budget?, or Which host do you use?, etc etc etc.
Once you have decided what you want to use as your domain name, you must first see if it is available. A domain name is a lot like a phone number, in that there can not be any duplicate domain names in use. The website, WHOis.net, is a site that you can use to look up a domain name and see if it is currently being use. The site will also give you prices if you wish to purchase the domain that you wish to use.
There are multiple categories that domain names can be divided into:
- Open Top Level Domains (TLDs) – Anyone can register for these
- .com, .org, .net, .biz, .name, .info
- Restricted TLDs – Registration is restricted to certain people
- .aero, .asia, .cat, .coop, .int, .jobs, .mobi, .museum, .post, .pro, .tel, .travel, .xxx
- U.S.-Only Domains
- .edu, .gov, .mil
- Also, each country has its own 2-letter TLD
- United States: .us, United Kingdom: .uk, France: .fr, Canada: .ca (ETC.)
After you have made sure that your desired domain name is available, you must choose a registrar and a host. Some registrars will offer hosting while other registrars do not offer hosting. A registrar may offer many other different services so it is important that you pick the one that best fits your needs for your site.
At this current time and with the potential use that I would have for a website, I do not think that I would buy a domain name. Sites such as Weebly and WordPress will work well for what people like myself are trying to accomplish with this website. I think it is also best for me to not pay for hosting and use a free service like the one provided. It makes no difference to me if my domain name includes the extra “.weebly”. Therefore, I will stick with my free domain name, charlesmathison.weebly.com, and the free domain hosting service provided.
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