Step-by-step guide to buying a domain name
Domain names, like .wales and .cymru, help you secure your very own part of the internet through professional website and email addresses. Registering your new website address can be a little daunting, so we’re going to share an easy step-by-step guide to buying a domain. First, let’s take a look at what domain names actually are.
What is a domain name?
You’ll likely come across and use domains every day. For example, when you type “google.co.uk” or “gov.wales” into your internet browser. Domain names are the string of characters which are used to identify websites online. For example, our domain name is “ourhomeonline.wales”.
There are two main parts to a domain name. The second-level domain (which is often just called the domain) is the part which comes before the dot and is often where you’ll find the name of a business. For us, that’s “ourhomeonline”. Then there’s the top-level domain (the TLD), or the generic top-level domain (gTLD) or the extension, which is the part that comes after the dot. So, for us that’s “.wales”.
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Domain names can also be used for email addresses, for example you could have an email address for your support team like “[email protected]”. Registering an email address using a custom domain is more professional than using a free email address.
Now we’ve explored what domain names are, let’s take a quick look at some of the benefits of registering one for your business.
What are the benefits of owning a domain name?
Owning your own domain has many benefits for your business:
- Professional – having a consistent domain name for your website and email addresses can make your business appear more professional.
- Consistent branding – having your own domain, and consistency across your website and email addresses, makes for a stronger brand image.
- It’s your part of the internet – you’ll only have your business name in your website and email addresses, not other website builder names or brands.
Four steps to buying a domain name
Let’s look at the four main steps to registering your own domain name.
1. Choose your domain
The first step is deciding on a name for your domain. If you’re looking to register a domain name for your business, it’s a good idea to use your business name or something very similar. If you’re searching for a domain for something else, perhaps a personal project, choose something which reflects what you’ll be using your website for.
If you need some help with ideas, take a look at these tips on how to choose the perfect .wales and .cymru domain name.
2. Search for your domain
Where you look for your domain depends on the extension you want to use. If you’re a Welsh business with Welsh and UK customers, you might want to think about using a domain name ending in .wales and .cymru.
You can search for available .wales and .cymru domain names using the handy search box below or using our domain search tool.