Buying a domain name can be a pretty straightforward process if you know what you’re doing! If you don’t know what you’re doing, it can seem like you’re trying to read a foreign language.
Here’s the plan, we’ll keep this super simple and in a language you can hopefully understand too!
Here are the steps to buy a domain name
- Choose a domain registrar: A domain registrar is a company that manages the reservation of Internet domain names. Some popular options include GoDaddy, Namecheap, and HostGator.
- Search for the domain name you want: Use the search bar on the registrar’s website to check the availability of the domain name you want.
- Add the domain name to your cart and proceed to checkout: Once you have found an available domain name, add it to your cart and proceed to checkout.
- Provide your contact and billing information: You will be prompted to provide your contact and billing information, including your name, address, email address, and payment information.
- Review and confirm your order: Review the details of your order, including the domain name, the length of the registration, and the cost. Confirm your order by clicking the “Place order” button.
- Make the payment and complete the registration process: You will then be prompted to make the payment for your domain name. Once your payment is processed, the domain registration process will be complete.
Once you have successfully registered your domain name, you will be the legal owner of that domain name for the length of time you have paid for, and you can use it to create a website or email address.
How to buy a domain name if it’s already taken
Let’s say that the domain name you have your heart set on is already taken. Now what? Do you have to go a different route completely and be heartbroken? Honestly, there is a chance that you may have to look in a different direction for your domain, but you do have some options.
Check if it’s for sale
Contact the owner
If you know who the owner is, you can try reaching out to them to see if they’re willing to sell or transfer the domain to you.
Bid for it at an auction
Some domain registrars hold auctions for expired or expiring domains, where you can bid for the domain you want.
Wait for it to become available
The domain owner may let the registration expire, at which point it will become available for registration again. Keep an eye on the domain’s availability and register it as soon as it becomes available.
Choose a different domain name
You can try a different variation of the name you wanted or choose a completely different name. I know, it’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but sometimes it’s not worth the hassle of trying to go after a domain name that’s already been taken.