February 21, 2021
February 21, 2021
Every website needs a catchy address. And to get one, you need to know how to buy a domain name. Luckily, domain registration has become quite a simple procedure nowadays. It’s also one of the first steps you need to take when you start a blog or create a website.
In short, this is how you buy a domain name:
Below, we’ll overview each step in a more in-depth fashion and present a few tips and tricks to ease the whole process.
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Check out this video on how to buy a domain name.
Now that you know how to pick a proper domain name, you might be wondering how to purchase one.
To get a domain name for your website, you’ll need an ICANN accredited registrar (such as Hostinger). Depending on your chosen domain extension, the registration fee can range between $0.99 to $92.99.
Below are 5 steps that cover the domain registration process in more depth.
The journey of buying a domain name starts with an availability lookup. In fact, we have the perfect tool to check domain vacancy here on Hostinger.
FAQ: What if my desired domain name is taken?
If the domain you wish to buy is taken, there are a few different approaches available:
Now enter your desired name in the search field and take it for a spin. The domain checker tool will present you with a list of available options that you can register. Use the Domain extension filter to search for the exact extension that you’re interested in.
Once you locate a name that you like, proceed with the registration by pressing Add to Cart.
As soon as you complete the domain payment, you’ll be redirected to the control panel. Inside, you’ll find the setup box to complete your domain name registration.
FAQ: Can I modify the domain ownership details?
Yes, you’ll be able to do it using the domain management section within your control panel. Once the changes are made, you will have to confirm them via email. Keep in mind that it may take 24-72 hours for most WHOIS databases to display the updated details.
The final step of your journey is to verify the domain ownership through the email address you used while registering. It usually arrives within a few minutes after finishing the domain setup.
In the case it doesn’t arrive, you can re-send the request from your control panel. We recommend doing it immediately, as waiting for 15 days or more will lead to a temporary suspension from the registry.
FAQ: I forgot to verify the ownership of my domain. What do I do?
In case your domain got suspended, simply visit the email you used during registration and complete the verification process. Keep in mind that it may take 24-48 hours before the domain is back to full functionality due to DNS propagation.
9 Best Tips Before Buying Domain Names
Before you purchase a domain name, consider doing some proper investigation. After all, the name of your website is one of the first things that visitors will see. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
Domain Name Pricing Table
You cannot say that you know how to buy a domain name without knowing where to get the best deals. On Hostinger, we offer over 100 unique TLDs (and that number is always rising) with prices starting as low as 99 cents for the first year.
|Domain extension||Registration fee (12 months)||Renewal fee (12 months)|
FAQ: I want to buy a few domain names and have them display the same content. Is it possible?
It surely is! If you’re using our web hosting platform, parking the domain through your control panel will be enough. In case you want to host different content, use the addon domain section instead. In both cases, you will need to point the domains to Hostinger.
Want to learn more about domain names and what it takes to create a website? Here are a few good reads:
In this guide, we have learned how to buy a domain name on Hostinger. Though buying domain names is the easy part. The real challenge is thinking of a good name and picking the right extension. And once that’s done, the whole website building journey awaits.
We hope the tips highlighted in this tutorial have eased the process. In case you have any additional questions, drop us a line in the comments.
September 13 2018
Selecting a domain/blog name is difficult because it requires a lot of concentration and market research.
Replied on November 02 2018
That's true! Picking the right domain name will take you miles ahead of the competition. While a bad domain name can leave your website unnoticed.
November 21 2019
The post you published here is very informative. Thanks for sharing such a great post about the domain name hosting.
May 07 2020
I like more this tutorial so thank so match....👍
August 08 2020
Good Afternoon everyone . I want to ask after purchasing the domain and hosting here, hostinger can release a reciept for the purchased items? Thank in advance
Replied on August 25 2020
Hey there Ryan! :) Yes you can get a receipt for the purchased items. Get your order and message the support team and they will help you out with the process :)
October 05 2020
What is the difference between domain registration and renewal?
Replied on November 18 2020
Hey there. Domain registration is registering an un-claimed domain. These usually last 1 year by default. Domain renewal is the renewal of a domain before it expires. This would renew the domain name for 1 more year.
November 20 2020
pls, will the hosting come with the domain name or will i have to buy that separately? thanks in advance
Replied on February 09 2021
Hi! Domain name and a hosting plan are separate services, so they should be purchased separately. However, here on Hostinger we often have great deals to get a domain registration for free with some of our plans! You can check them out on our main page here ;)