A domain name registration service enables you easily add your domain name into one of the domain registries. The Domain Name Registration service create an interface that makes registering your domain name easy, while offering some other value added services.
There are many domain name registrars to choose from, so a lack of choice will never be a problem when it comes to registering a domain name for your business website.
Top Domain Name Registration Services
There are very many domain name registration services with very little to choose between them. For me it is probably just the interface, ease of navigation or speed of their websites that separates them.
Domain name registrars may also vary by the value added services they offer like free DNS, EMail, WhoisGuard Privacy, Domain Transfer, SSL certificates, etc.
These days, domain name registration services also offer web hosting. The value added services may not come free though.
Here are some of the top domain name registrars. Note that I have not used all of them. In fact, I currently use the top two on the list and have no complaints.
Besides, what complaint can one possibly have with a domain name registrar? You have to be hugely demanding to have one. So, it is probably your fault.
How to Register a Domain Name
To register a domain name visit the domain name registrar of your choice and search for the domain name you have in mind.
There is usually a large search bar provided by the domain name registration services providers to enable you do this. The search will show you if the domain name is available and will even return the domain name with other TLDs, whether .com, .net, .org, etc.
If the domain name is not available the result will return some suggestions, but in most cases you may have to think of another domain name or take the same domain name on another TLD or ccTLD. Once you get your dream domain name, you have to add to the shopping cart.
Note that there are other value added services that goes with a domain name, which you may also need to be pay for separately. These may be added to the shopping cart with the domain name.
Some of the popular ones include WhoisGuard Privacy, which protects your identity so that people cannot know the identity of the owner of the domain name and SSL certificates, which you will need if you plan building an e-commerce website or any website for that matter (as SSL is a ranking factor for SEO).
Some domain name registration services may offer these value added services free for the first year, which means you will start paying from year 2. You can always remove any item you do not want from the shopping cart.
Once you are happy with the item(s) in your shopping cart, you can then checkout. At this point you will be required to register an account with the domain name registrar or login if you already have an account. Some may even require you to register or login before you do anything.
At checkout you enter your details and most importantly your credit/debit card details like Visa or MasterCard. I use Visa from GTBank, some use Zenith others use Stanbic or FirstBank, etc. Enter your details and press a confirm, continue, or submit button. Congratulations you now have a domain name.
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