With domain names reaching
rock bottom prices, it's hard to think of a reason to not register the
domain name of your dreams. A domain name will make your website much easier
to access and look more professional. Think of it, you can now call yourself
a dot com. Or maybe a dot org or dot net. When the Internet first started
back in the day, the only domains available to the public were .com .org
and .net. They have recently opened up several new "dots" such as ".cc".
This may open up a lot of names but most people still think of dot com's
as the "Gold Standard". You will definitely have more people hit your site
at a dot com rather than a dot net or dot org.
For example if you want "coolguy"
as your domain but "coolguy.com" is already taken, you still have the option
of registering "coolguy.net" and "coolguy.org". The problem is that when
you advertise your "coolguy" website to friends or the public, the first
place people will look is at "coolguy.com" which isn't where your site
is. You'll be driving traffic to somebody else's site. I'm not saying that
dot org's and dot net's are worthless, but I'm emphasizing the fact that
dot com is much more popular than dot org and dot net. Just something to
keep in consideration.
Once you think of that perfect
domain name, you need to make sure it is available. Unfortunately, many
of the really easy to remember domain names are already taken so you may
have to rethink your domain name. You can check the availability of your
domain name by going to any of the domain name registration websites.
After you find an available
domain name with a satisfactory "dot suffix" (.com .org or .net). It's
time to claim it for your own!
With most registration services,
you have two options, you can park the domain or you get register it completely.
If you choose to park your
domain, you don't need to have DNS servers, but then you can't connect
your domain name to your server. All you get is a page that says "This
page is the future home of coolguy. Please check back soon".
In order for you to register
a domain, you need to have access to two DNS servers. DNS servers are machines
that translate a domain name into an IP address. Very few domain name registration
companies provide DNS servers for you. Some services may first setup
your domain name with their DNS servers, but this is more as a place holder,
and are usually nonfunctional. Most domain name registration companies
will provide DNS servers for you for a fee, but there are better options.
There are now several registration services that allow you to register
a domain name without specifying two nameservers. For example domainmonger.com
automatically uses their own DNS servers when registering your site. Their
name servers actually don't work for your domain name but act simply as
place holders so you can register your domain name. After the registration
is complete, you can change the DNS name servers to your own. Yes I am
Here is another problem:
most of the DNS servers are owned by web hosting services. They will provide
you with service for a fee, but since we're trying to keep everything as
cheap as possible, this is not a route we will explore.
Another option is to run
your own DNS servers, but if you think running a webserver is complicated,
running a DNS server is much much harder. Save yourself the hassle.
This leads me to two FREE services that will provide DNS servers for your
When you register a domain name,
you provide your contact information and pay by either credit card or money
order. This you can handle yourself. They may also ask for the primary
and secondary nameserver information. You will need to provide the following
bits of information assuming you choose to use granitecanyon.com for your
name servers. If you choose to change nameservers in the future, no problem.
If you choose to use ZoneEdit.com
or any other domain name registration company that doesn't require to you
have two DNS name servers ready, first register at their website and they
will give you the name of the nameservers later.
If you choose to use GraniteCanyon.com
Finish up the process and congratulations,
you now have a domain name. It will take a few days for the registration
website to process your order, but at least now you have secured the domain
Primary Name Server: NS1.GRANITECANYON.COM
Secondary Name Server: NS2.GRANITECANYON.COM
The next step: the dreaded