Video - How to Register a Domain Name with GoDaddy
There are a lot of people on the Internet looking for a simple way to register a
domain name. This video from
ShowMeHowToDoThis walks you
through the process of actually registering a domain name.
This is a transcript of the video with extensive editing and addition of
material by myself (this site's webmaster).
One of the easiest places to register a domain online is godaddy.com
If you want to register a domain name e.g. superquickfix.com, you would go to
godaddy and start a domain search.
There is a practice going on where people buy up domains using every possible
combination of letters in order to resell them, sometimes at outrageous prices, to
people who actually want to use the domain name to create a website. This practice
is called "domain parking" or "domain flipping", or sometimes just "domaining".
It's actually illegal to buy a domain name and not use it, so as a guise, they put
a few search links or a search box on the domain.
I personally consider domaining an unethical exploitation of the Internet,
equivalent to hacking, but there's nothing that can be done about it. The consequences
are that the domain you want will probably already be owned by a "domainer"
and you'll need to pay extra to get it. Many people work their way around this by
creating outrageously long domain names, which have a greater probability of being available.
If the domain name that you want is available, you'll see the option to select
extension, for example .com, .org, .inf. If you're planning on starting a big
website, you may want to purchase some of these other extensions in order to protect
your domain name. The godaddy page will also suggest many other similar domain names
that are available that you may like better or you may want to buy in addition to
the one you entered. After selecting the items on the page that you want, click on
the [Continue] button.
Eventually (after godaddy tries to sell you some other options) you'll arrive at
the Domain Registration page where you enter your information and create a godaddy
account. After you've created your account, you'll arrive at the Registration and
Checkout Options page.
Here you can choose length of registration (1 year, 2 years, ...) and set whether
you want automatic renewal. At every step in the process godaddy is presenting you
with additional options that you can purchase. If you're new to this business you
should just stick to the standard registration. Set the Quick Checkout radio button
and click on the [Continue] button.
Next you arrive at the Payment Page where you select a Payment Method. You can
choose to pay by check, but I'm not sure what the status of your domain name will
be while godaddy waits for your check to clear. You can pay by PayPal, but you'll
need to enter your bank account number in order to use that option. Your best
option is to choose to pay by credit card. After you've chosen your payment method,
click on the [Checkout Now] button.