Top 7 Questions About Registering Domain Names

What is a domain name?

Some people still get confused on the difference between URLs and domain names. Domains enable business owners to establish themselves online with a unique name. URLs on the other hand, are the addresses one gives to a browser.

A domain name contains a top-level domain, or TLD, which is located at the end - such as.co.ke, .com,.net, .sc.ke, .org and many others. There are a wide variety of TLDs available aside from these, including country-specific names.

What is the registration cost?

Prices of domains differ between registrars, with special offers and different packages you can choose from affecting their price. Make sure you research the best service for your needs. Compare prices and check what you get with each purchase to make sure you're getting the best value from your transactions.

Where do I purchase a domain name?

All registrars essentially have the same access to the domains you need, but service and benefits are some things you need to take a closer look into.

Should I just go for the cheapest pricing?

Although low prices are very attractive, they aren't necessarily the only things you should look at when registering your domain. Keep in mind that although many vendors offer very affordable prices for a year-long registration, there can sometimes be hidden fees. Also, prices will get higher with add-ons and after the first year.

Is domain privacy necessary?

Registering a domain requires a Whois.com listing, a rule set by ICANN (the organisation responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of the internet namespaces). There, your contact details are visible to the public. Many spammers use such directories to compile lists of people to target with offers and scams, leaving you vulnerable to spam emails and phone calls.

Many domain vendors offer privacy features, where instead of your contact information, a proxy will be listed to avoid spam. We recommend you use this service to ensure your private information isn't easily found online.

What are some other things I need to take note of?

It's very important that you renew your domain to avoid having it snatched up by somebody else. Many people forget to renew their domains, and lose them to others who can either refuse to sell or ask for much higher prices. This results in loss of business and contact with customers.

Once the expiry date looms close, you will be notified, so make sure that you renew your domain on time. Different registrars have policies on grace periods and fees so make sure to look into that, too.

I've registered my domain - what's next?

The company where you registered may offer web hosting services so you should look into it to make sure it has what you need for your website.

If your domain provider doesn't offer web hosting you can take advantage of it somewhere else.

The same advice applies to website builder, through which you can create your website.

These top questions on how to register domain names and their answers will help you in your own registration journey. Remember that the most important thing is to find a registrar that fits what you're looking for and you're all set.

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