There are so many different ways in which you can run an online business, create a literary magazine, set up something along the lines of a personal blog, or just run a site based around whatever your interests are. Of all your possibilities, owning a domain name is still one of the best avenues for almost anything you might want to do online.
Owning a domain name still carries with it more weight than a site that lets you set up a blog of online business for free. Your own particular field of interest might be a competitive one, but having your own domain name is still one of the best ways to succeed. At the very least, it’s a smart investment in whatever your plans are. People by and large still take domain names a little more seriously than they do with someone who simply set up shop at a free location.
That isn’t meant to disparage those who go the free route. A great many Internet success stories are built that way. Whether or not you decide to own a domain name really comes down to how you want to start out. There has always been a mindset that suggests owning a domain name is the best way to get things started on the right foot. There are so many examples of people building their domain from the ground up to success that it’s not unreasonable to believe that this particular mindset is not without merit.
Methods Of Ownership
Which method of domain name ownership you choose of course depends on the domain name you want. Registering an unclaimed domain name is the easiest and cheapest route, and there are a wide range of registrar websites to help you do this. There are even more tools available for checking to make sure the domain name is free. Sites like GoDaddy, Domain Hacks, and Instant Domain Search are available with a host of options to help you figure out if the domain name you want is free. And if it isn’t, and if you don’t want to pay for it, these sites can help you figure out an alternative that won’t feel like too much of an unreasonable compromise.
What’s nice about these websites is that there’s no particularly significant rush to buy. You’re still in the planning stages, so if your first or even second choices fall through, take a moment to kick around the other choices. You’re not committing to registering your website just yet, so make sure you really like the domain name you wind up choosing.
When it does come time to registrar, consider such factors as how much money you’re willing to spend, what sort of features you want, and the extent to which you think you will need quality customer service. Also remember that a lot of people prefer to registrar their sites at the same place in which they plan to host them. If this sounds like a good idea to you, then narrow your focus down to the sites that offer both. GoDaddy and Dreamhost are two good examples of sites that offer everything you need to get your website up and running.
Buying a domain name that’s already under ownership is your second method, but this can be a little expensive. Although you should keep in mind that one of the great things about owning a domain name in this day and age is that it’s not as expensive as it once was. It would seem as though the days of buying domain names for extraordinary sums of money is over. There are still examples of incredible sales, but this more of the exception than the rule now. The costs can still be considerable, but if you absolutely have to own a certain domain name, and it happens to be taken, then this is one route that may indeed be available to you.
Of course, that depends on whether or not the current owner is willing to sell.
When You Own Your Domain Name
However you choose to go about it, remember that owning a domain name implies a considerable commitment on your part. Don’t take the decision too lightly.