In the previous lesson, we talked in general how to create a self-hosted website from scratch. In this tutorial and video training, I am going to show you in detail how to purchase domain name from Google.
There are actually a lot of places or rather domain registrars where you can purchase a domain name.
The popular and reputable sites selling domains are GoDaddy.com, Enom.com, Tucows.com and NetworkSolutions.com.
Personally, I’ve not reviewed every single registrar listed, but the first two GoDaddy and Enom are the ones I’ve used (through purchasing from Google) and have great experience so far.
If you’ll like to find out more about how to choose the right domain name for your new site, check it out by clicking on the link.
Once you have chosen a good name for your site that is still available, you are ready to purchase the domain from any domain registrar of your choice.
Video on How To Purchase Domain Name From Google
As mentioned in my previous lesson, Google has partnered with the 2 largest domain registrars GoDaddy and Enom to offer domain purchase services.
The private whois can be opted-in free of charge with every domain bought through Google. If you buy a domain name from GoDaddy or Enom directly instead, the private whois will not be free.
For the purpose of our video demonstration, I’ll be purchasing my new site through Google as I also want to get the free private whois for my site.
The video demonstration will take you through an actual process where I’ll be buying the domain for real.
Through my subsequent posts, you’ll see how I will set this site up, configure it and how I build the site from zero to something cool.
This will be as close to a real life demonstration as you can get; as if you are watching my computer screen over my shoulder.
If you are planning to create a self-hosted website on your own, follow the step-by-step video tutorial and you’ll be on your way to purchasing a domain of your choice.
Here’s a quick summary on on how to purchase domain name from Google:
1. Go to the domain registration page on Google: www.google.com/a/signup
2. Follow the step by step instructions to fill in your details.
3. Make payment. Most major credit cards are accepted.
4. Once payment is made, Google will assist to get your domain registered for you. The process may take 1-2 hours. The status of this is shown on your Google Dashboard. Once the status disappears on the Dashboad, it means that the process is completed.
Now….This is only the first step, there’s still a bit more work to do in order to get your new site live!
In the next lesson, I’ll be talking to you more about how to find a good web host and set it up with your domain name.
Also, when we talk about signing up for a new web hosting account, you will discover that some web host companies will offer a free 1 year domain as perks. That’s a great offer!
However, you should also work out your long term cost and see how much you will need to spend in the subsequent years for the domain and the private whois.
If it’s anything lesser than $12, then it should be worth it. If it isn’t, then the Google package here will be more economical in the long run.
My experience has been that it’s usually more than $12 with private whois. Prices do change over time though. So I’ll let you decide.
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Hope you’ve learned something. See you in the next post.