How to Register a Domain Name for Your Business

Learn where and how to register a domain name for your business with these quick, helpful steps.

Jeff Shibasaki
Sep 5, 2020 · 5 min read
An open MacBook computer with the Google Domains website loaded in the browser.
An open MacBook computer with the Google Domains website loaded in the browser.
Photo by Jeff Shibasaki / Master Your Website

Step 1: Make a List of Domain Names to Register

A checklist that describes the kinds of domains to register.
A checklist that describes the kinds of domains to register.
A checklist of domains to consider registering. Illustration by Jeff Shibasaki / Master Your Website.

Pro Tips

  • Avoid domain hacks (e.g. rad.io)
  • Avoid domains with numbers or dashes (e.g. 3-folk-singers.com)
  • Avoid domains that form unintended words (e.g. childrenswear.com)
  • Avoid domains that sound untrustworthy (e.g. ready2workwithu.expert)
  • Avoid domains that are similar to other businesses (e.g. donalddonuts.com)
  • Avoid domains that are difficult to spell (e.g. limousineandchauffeur.com)
  • Avoid domains that could be trademark conflicts (e.g. loneyplanetinsurance.com)

Step 2: Choose a Domain Registrar

The sign up page for Google Domains.
The sign up page for Google Domains.
The sign up page for Google Domains. Image by Jeff Shibasaki / Master Your Website.

Popular Domain Registrars

Step 3: Search Available Domain Names

Google Domains’ search results page.
Google Domains’ search results page.
Searching for a domain on Google Domains. Image by Jeff Shibasaki / Master Your Website.

Step 4: Claim Your Domain Name

Before claiming a domain name, ensure you’ve spelled it correctly. Most registrars allow a grace period to rename, replace or cancel registered domains. For example, Google Domains will refund registration fees within five days, but you can’t receive refunds for more than three domains in a year.

Domain Transfers

If you already have a domain, but want to transfer it to another registrar, you should be able to keep the amount of time you’ve already paid for, but an additional year will be added when transferring. For example, if you currently have 6 months remaining on a domain subscription, after transferring it to a new registrar and paying their registration fee — you’d now have 1.5 years left on the domain subscription.

Step 5: Connect the Domain to Your Website

To connect a domain to a website, refer to your hosting company’s knowledge base article. Most domains resolve within an hour of connection, but it can take up to 72 hours. If your domain isn’t resolving, contact the domain registrar or your hosting company for support.

Step 6: Choose a Default Domain

Webflow’s Custom Domain panel.
Webflow’s Custom Domain panel.
My default domain connection on Webflow. Image by Jeff Shibasaki / Master Your Website.

Step 7: Enable SSL

Since Safari and Google web browsers now mark all HTTP sites as Not Secure — getting an SSL certificate should be top of mind. An SSL certificate encrypts the connection between browsers and websites to ensure the data passing between the web server and browsers is private.

Final Thoughts

You just learned how to register a domain name for your business. Take the time to think of a great domain name and, if possible, consider registering multiple domains to protect your brand.

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UX Writer. UX Designer. Culture Blogger. See my work at https://jeffshibasaki.com

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UX Writer. UX Designer. Culture Blogger. See my work at https://jeffshibasaki.com

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Teaching how to design, market and manage websites.

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