What Should You Look For When You Buy a New Domain?

Buying a New Domain Today

Are you looking to purchase a new domain? When it comes time to establish your business on the web, you need to be careful. There are many fly by night operations who will be glad to take your money.

But when it comes time to call upon their services, you may well find them impossible to contact. Don’t let that happen to you!

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So when you decide to buy domain hosting services for your new website check them out carefully. You need to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable and professional provider.

When you decide to buy domain hosting services for your new website, you need to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable and professional provider. #domain Click To Tweet

A Reputable Provider is One That You Can Always Get in Touch With

One of the most tell tales that you are dealing with a reputable provider is that you can always reach them. They are available to answer questions anytime.  If a major glitch should develop you need to be able to get a response from your provider quickly. They should be available 24/7 to help you.

loading websiteThis is even more crucial if your site should suddenly come under attack from a cyber criminal. It’s important to know that you can reach your provider fast. And then get them to fix the problem in an efficient and effective manner.

When I first started to blog on Inspire to Thrive I had a re-seller.  Whenever I tried to reach her I could not. My website would be down for days vs. minutes with a better company.

Therefore be sure the company you choose can be reached via phone or chat online. If I’m home I love the online chat services. But if I am on the go being able to talk to someone on the phone is key.

You don’t want to have your website down for any length of time!

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Your Site Should Always Be Easy to Find on the Web

Another consideration to keep in mind is that your website should always be easy to find. Your customers should have no trouble punching in your URL to go straight to your site.

Likewise, your provider should be able to give you the help you need to make maximum use of SEO. The company should help you get your site ranked on the major search engines.

Likewise they should be up to date on SEO trends and Google updates. Many may have a blog that showcases their knowledge of this. Others may email you updates so you can be aware of the latest SEO changes.

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Your Provider Should Be Able to Keep Your Website Up To Date

up to date domain nameThe domain hosting services provider that you deal with should be able to keep your website fully up to date.

Therefore when new improvements to eCommerce features are announced, your provider should be able to plug them into your site with a minimum of delay.

The sooner your site incorporates all of the latest features that customers have come to expect, the sooner you can advertise and make money.

The company you pick should also be aware of all the latest technology that is associated with having a website today. For example all websites should be responsive now. Be sure that they will provide a responsive website for you.  This is so important as many are now viewing website via their mobile devices.

Picking Your New Domain Name

Once you decide you are ready to launch a new website be sure to pick a short and memorable name for your domain. A short domain name will make it easy to have social network channels associated with it too.

When you register your new domain name be sure to register it for a few years. Google loves to see websites that are registered for more than one year.

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The Time for You to Buy a New Domain for Your Website is Now

Of course, you can’t begin to enjoy any of these premium league services if you don’t even have a website. The time to buy a new domain for your business is now.

The range of services that most modern domain hosting providers are willing to offer you is wider and more appealing than ever. Now is the time for you to take advantage of these excellent deals. Buy domain now before your name is taken by someone else.

Even if you are not ready to launch the website today registering your domain name is a must. That way no one else can use your name.  Many people today are buying new domains when their children are born! Reserving the name ensures them that their names will not be taken by someone else in the future.

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Are you thinking of buying a new domain name today? What do you like best about your domain provider today?

Have you purchased your name or your child’s name for a domain name? I’d love to know more in the comments below.

Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Social Media, Blogging, and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 30+ years of experience in marketing/advertising with 9 years of experience in content marketing, social media, blogging, and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "How to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

  • What you think about the .IO extension? i want to buy a domain name which is not available with .com or .net. my website is tech related and .io is available. i think, it is country level domain, so will it cause any issue with the reach of my blog? i want world wide reach. will it limited to the country only?

  • What an informative article, Lisa. Buying your domain and hosting from a reputable hosting provider is the way to go, Lisa. There is no doubt about it. But some newbie bloggers are enticed by the low cost services of some non-reputable hosting providers, and at the end of the day, they lose money and time. My first site was hosted by BlueHost and my current site is with Siteground. Their customer service is one of the best, if not the best at the moment. Whenever the is an issue, it doesn’t take time for them to get it fix. So, your points are clearly understood, Lisa.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Hi Moss, thank you. Oh yes, I did learn that the hard way when I first started. I had some issues and had to wait days! That was crazy thinking back to it. But now if I have an issue it’s fixed immediately. Thanks for your input and for coming by on this one Moss. Have a great day ahead.

  • Hi Lisa,

    I think this is a key topic that we often should be careful with. When I started in 2011 I had 1 blog then 2012 I have another 2 blogs all on shared hosting by non-reputable webhost that seems a good option because it was cheap. As my traffic grows for my 3 blogs the web hosting kept suspended my account and asking for hosting upgrade! I did it once, twice but the third time I was not making enough to keep paying so I requested them to give me access to my suspended account and they refused.

    I couldn’t get a backup of my blogs on my machines and they didn’t give me ownership of the domain names. So I lost 3 years work on 3 blogs and I lost my 3 domain names. I quit blogging from 2015 tell now because of them.

    Lessons: You should really choose your hosting carefully and don’t go with a less reputable hosting for a couple of bucks monthly.

    I recommend registering your domain through a domain registration company that is different than your web hosting company. I know most web hosting offers free domain and it’s easier to manage everything from one account. But from an experience don’t have all your eggs in one basket.

    Thanks for putting some light on this topic and for sharing your tips lisa.

    • Hi Qasim, Oh yes, I ran into that one too. If you start to get a lot of traffic it can slow the site down or shut it down even. Excellent point Qasim.
      Wow, I can’t believe you lost it all too!
      It is so important to pick a reputable company for sure. It will save you time and money in the long run. I love not putting all my eggs in on basket as well. Makes sense. You are welcome and I appreciate your sharing that valuable story with us. I hope it helps a few newbies out along the way!
      Have a great day and rest of your week there.

      • Thanks Lisa, Well that is the point.

        I have suffered and lost 3 years of hard work and I don’t want any newbie to go through what I have gone through.

  • Hi Lisa,

    You’ve brought up some great points for choosing a domain provider. I’ve been with Hostgator since day one – and knock on wood, I haven’t had any issues. I also love their customer service. I’ve called with tech issues and even though it wasn’t an issue they handled, they still took the time to help me with it.

    My domain name wasn’t available in .com so I got .net. I never thought about getting a domain name for my kid’s or my grandson’s names – now you have me thinking about that. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this Lisa. I hope you’re having a great day.

    Cori

    • Hi Cori, thank you. Me too! I’ve been thinking about that one too. There is someone else with my name, she is a real estate agent. I’ll have to think more on it by adding a middle initial or something. The same for my granddaughter 🙂 You are welcome Cori and enjoy the rest of your week.

  • Hello Lisa.

    Amazing points. I think people shouldn’t look for cheap places. if you are paying a premium you are paying it for the services and that can come handy in the time of crisis.

    I was working with a client and she wanted me to put SSL on her website. I recommended her some places where she could get one.
    But she decided to look for cheap one. And it took forever to actually set that up.

    • Hi Ashish, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Excellent story – you do get what you pay for today! Too many newbies want the cheapest service and then they have to wait for any services from that company. Thanks for sharing here about it. Have a great day Ashish!

  • All great points Lisa. I have been with 3 providers. My first company rocked. Because I had zero traffic LOL. Nothing to handle. Then I got some traffic and ran into problems.

    I went with my 2nd provider that really rocked, but the small company grew big, did not scale, lost touch with customers, and I had to leave them too as my traffic grew more.

    Now I am with a small company on a VPS, and all is well. Fast blog, handling my increasing traffic.

    Ryan

    • Hi Ryan, thank you. I guess you have been through a few. I remember when you did a post about your VPS, it sounds like a great option for you. It is very fast. (and option for others too!) Thanks for sharing your experiences here with us Ryan. Have a great day on the island 🙂

  • Hi Lisa,

    In all my experience, I find the most important thing is to have a reputable Provider. I use managed hosting and whenever something goes blip…its fixed immediately. Sometimes I don’t even know a plugin failed or something went wrong. I get a text from my provider telling me it is being fixed. I love that kind of service.

    Of course, a name is so important when it comes to our domain. We need to have our brand shine through and be easy to remember.

    Great stuff!

    -Donna

    • Hi Donna, oh yes reputable is SO important. I remember with the reseller I had, it took days to get things done.
      Now its fixed quickly.
      Thanks for your input and for coming by on this one Donna. I hope all is well your way 🙂

  • Hey Lisa,
    I started with 1and1 but soon moved all my domains to various service providers. A couple of technical reasons drove me away from 1&1.

    Godaddy is where some of my domains are hosted now. But the issue with this company is the renewal price. They make the buy price so cheap and attractive. You get .com domains for 99cents with some unique discount codes. But renewal will slash off your wallet a whooping $15 and sometimes more depending on the extension. This doubles the price of some competitors.

    There are some country code domain names that are not available everywhere. Your are obliged in this case to look for a registrar that can register your country code top-level domain (ccTLD).

    I know of NetWorkSolutions but have never functioned with them. Given you recommend it, I encourage readers to check it out.

    Thanks for starting the week so beautifully. Get set some some more awesomeness ahead.

    • Thanks Enstine for your informative comment on this topic. I do think you get what you pay for with most things including the domain names and hosting providers out there. I never got the reseller I started with to save a few bucks. Never again!
      You will have to let me know if you ever use them going forward.
      You are most welcome and I hope you have an awesome week ahead Enstine.

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