Think of your domain name as a street address for your website. Without a domain name, you'd have to tell customers to visit your site at an IP-based url, such as 220.127.116.11/~yourwebsite, instead of yourwebsite.com. Not very memorable, eh?
To be successful on the interwebs, you'll want to invest in a domain name to ensure your site has a level of professionalism, appropriate branding, and overall awesomeness.
What's the difference between buying a domain and a hosting package?
As said above, a domain name is like your website's street address, whereas web hosting is like your website's actual home — where all the files, images, and other info actually lives. Your site needs both an address and home to be up and running, but they are definitely two different things. Learn more about the difference between domains and hosting.
Is my domain name available?
I don't know, is it? Let's check together! To do a domain name search, go to the top of this page, enter your desired domain name in the search box and click "Query" to find out its availability and the amount it'll cost to register the domain.
Our domain search tool also helps you check out other available domain name extensions or variations that are available, such as yourwebsite.net or yourwebsite.org.
How do I buy a website domain name?
Buying a domain name begins with our domain name search tool at the top of this page. Once you find an available domain name, you can purchase it, register it, and ensure it's pointed to your hosting account.
Is Domain Name Privacy Protection worth it?
To put it simply: yes, yes, and yes.
To put it a little less simply: When your domain is registered, you're required to maintain a publicly viewable WHOIS database that displays all your contact details — including home address and phone number. This puts you at risk of spam and identity theft.
Luckily, you can keep your info hidden from the public eye by opting to use Domain Privacy Protection. Interested parties will still be able to contact you if they so please, but your identity will remain anonymous