Back in April I posted a tutorial on registering your domain name at GoDaddy.com. Since then GoDaddy has changed its site, both in looks and function, so I’m updating the directions.
It’s not hard to register a domain name, but the process does intimidate people. To help reduce the intimidation factor, here’s a step-by-step guide to how to register your domain name at GoDaddy.com. There are other reputable domain name registrars, like networksolutions.com, namecheap.com, and register.com. I like GoDaddy for several reasons: I’ve found them to be very reliable and their technical support is pretty decent.
I recommend that you keep this page open while you work on the registration and click on the banner below to open GoDaddy.com in a new tab. In the interests of full disclosure: I’m an affiliate of GoDaddy.com and I get a commission from them when you register your domain name using the banner link. If you keep this page open, you can switch back and forth to check the directions against what you see as you’re registering
Note: I try to keep this information as up to date as I can, but businesses change and update their sites all the time. If you find something completely different when you try to register your domain, please email me to let me know about it.
1. When you click the banner above, it should bring up a page that looks something like this:
2. In the large box in the center, where it says “Start your domain search,” type in the domain name you want and press the “Go” button. Be sure to include your preferred extension, as in “.com” or “.net” on the end. You’ll get a screen that looks like below if the name you want is available. if it isn’t available you can type a new name into the box and press the “Go” button again to check for a new name. Once you have a name that is available, click on the Green “Continue to Checkout” button. The arrow points to it, below.
3. You’ll get a screen that offers you the chance to sign up for other services including hosting and email. If you need or want either you can add them to the total here, but consider well. There are other hosting services, and you can get any number of FREE emails for you domain through most hosting services.
4. You’ll get a chance to review your order. You can adjust the number of years you’re registering for her. Once it’s right, click on the orange “Proceed to Checkout” button.
5. You get a screen that asks you to either Log in if you already have a GoDaddy account or create one if you don’t.
5. If you happen to already have a GoDaddy.com account you can log in here. If you don’t, click the “Continue button under “New customers.” You’ll get a screen that looks like below. Fill out the information on the right hand side, being sure you complete all the required fields. This information is important for your registration. The email address needs to be a valid one that will get to you because GoDaddy is going to send important information to you via this address. Once you’ve done that, click the orange “Continue” button.
6. If you already have a GoDaddy.com account, after you’ve logged in, you should see a screen that looks like below.
7. If you don’t have a credit card saved, fill in the payment information.
8. Either way, logged in or new customer, press “Continue” once everything is filled in. GoDaddy will process your payment and the domain name will be registered in your name.