To get a domain name for your business, you will need to register it through a domain registrar. A domain registrar is a company that manages the reservation of internet domain names. Some popular domain registrars include GoDaddy, Namecheap, and Network Solutions. To register a domain, you will need to choose a domain name that is available, select the top-level domain (TLD) that you want (such as .com or .net), and provide your contact information.
Buying a domain name to represent your business is fairly straightforward and inexpensive. It usually just takes a few minutes to register on-line.
Usually most people look for the .com version of their business name, but it can be any name and now there are new options for your domain other than .com. These are called TLDs (top Level Domains). For example .co.uk, .shop, .fr, .digital… the list is long. For a full list of all the TLD’s available check out namecheap.com.
For local TLD’s for example .fr (France), .ie, (Ireland)you may have to buy it from a registrar from that country as some regulations may be involved. Once the registration is complete, you will be the legal owner of that domain name and will be able to use it for your business website.
Securing Your Domain Name
Your domain represents your business, keep it safe…
- Use a reputable domain registrar: Look for a registrar that offers domain locking, which prevents unauthorized transfers of your domain name.
- Keep your contact information up to date: Make sure your registrar has your current contact information, including your email address and phone number. This will allow them to contact you in case of any suspicious activity on your account.
- Enable two-factor authentication: Many registrars now offer two-factor authentication, which adds an extra layer of security to your account. This can help protect you from unauthorized access.
- Use a strong password: Your registrar account should have a strong and unique password that is not used anywhere else.
- Monitor your domain regularly: Keep an eye on your domain’s WHOIS information, and check for any unauthorized changes.
- Keep your software updated: Make sure to keep your computer and software updated, including your antivirus and firewall.
- Be aware of phishing scams: Be wary of any unsolicited emails or phone calls asking for your login information or asking you to click on a link. These are often phishing scams aimed at stealing your information.
- Use a privacy protection service: If you’re concerned about keeping your personal information private, you can use a privacy protection service that will mask your personal information in the WHOIS database.
- Back up your domain name: Keep a record of your domain name, registration information and login credentials and store it in a safe place.
- Use DNSSEC: Domain Name System Security Extension (DNSSEC) is a set of security extensions that can be added to your domain name to protect it from DNS-based attacks.