Beginners guide to registering your first domain name 2017 The beginners guide to registering your first domain name 2017 Navigating the world of domain names can be a daunting task if you’re not up to speed on how to get one. With endless options of web hosting companies out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and become lost with options and jargon. If you follow our step by step guide, very quickly we can have one set up for you within minutes. This step by step guide will help you to secure your domain name and ensure you that you don’t miss anything out. Registering a domain name Your domain name is a vital asset and should be registered with a trusted provider. Make sure you are absolutely certain about the name you’re want to register. To register a domain name, we have made recommendations on the most trusted companies below: Global: Go Daddy and Blue Host are the most well-known and prominent companies within the industry. Not only do they offer affordable prices for most start ups and small businesses, but they also provide features that any start up looking to build an online business have the basic foundation and tools to grow. Go Daddy is regarded as the worlds leading domain name registrar. With over 71 million domains under management, they truly know their stuff. Blue Host is the same, deciding between the two is usually based on a personal choice, or experience and pricing, both companies offer 24/7 reliable online chat support and phone support. Here is a short video on how to register a domain name with GoDaddy. New Zealand If you are based in New Zealand and your users or customers are in New Zealand, we recommend registering with a New Zealand provider. Most NZ hosting companies are authorized domain name registers and are trusted by thousands of kiwis. When you are registering your domain name, ensure you are registering this in your name. The great thing about using a New Zealand company as a domain registration provider and hosting provider is the ability to access customer support during business hours. The main benefits are having in-house servers housed in our New Zealand data centers – this can make a lot of difference for your user experience when end users are visiting your website. You want to ensure your users a fast and reliable experience. Hosting in NZ also means that you avoid slow loading websites where the transition is a lot faster to deliver files to your end users. If your site has been built through Grow Media, it is likely we have recommended Domains4less and here’s why: Domains4Less is a New Zealand owned company providing web hosting services that operate some of New Zealand’s most popular web hosting and domain name brands. To find out more read here: https://www.domains4less.co.nz/about The company was formed in 2004 Physical location based in Albany, Auckland Currently, they have over 30,000 active users and growing No hidden fees 100% Kiwi Owned Quick and Easy to use interface Step by Step Guide to get started: Step 1: Go to https://www.domains4less.co.nz/ Step 2: Click on the “search for your domain name – type the name you want to register eg: mycompanyrocks.com, Step 3: Click on the drop down to select the extension you want to register. Step 4: Register an account, otherwise sign into your existing account Step 5: Complete the information required for Account Holder, Name, and Technical. When your domain name is searched to find out who owns it, this information is shown to the general public. You can search any company domain name and this will list the owner and contact details of the company: http://whois.domaintools.com/ To ensure privacy makes sure you are aware of these details, before providing contact details to the general public. Step 6: Click NEXT, and confirm contact details, confirm the terms and conditions. Step 7: Payment (payment can either be made via internet banking or debit/credit card) Step 8: CONFIRMATION, email should be sent to your email to confirm this – details can be forwarded over to your IT Company or Web provider. Easy, you have made your first attempt to register a domain name. Share this with someone who might appericate this learning.