To buy a domain name from hostking, you need to visit the domain registration page or order a web hosting plan, find the domain you want to purchase, and follow the instructions to buy it.
Remember that buying a domain name is one of the most important steps of starting a blog, personal site, or online business. Without a domain name, users would not be able to easily access your website on the internet.
The process to register a domain name is quite simple – even beginners can complete it in a few minutes.
How to Buy a Domain Name
Before we go any further, it’s worth remembering that its only possible to register a existing domain name with a valid domain extension that other people or businesses don’t already own.
Lets go through each step, from where to get a domain name to finally getting into the website registration process.
Here are a few steps to buying domain names:
Run a Domain Name Search
Now that you have found a web hosting provider through which to register your domain, the next step is to perform a search on the domain.
When choosing your domain name, make sure to pick the right domain extension as well – it’s the suffix at the end of a web address. Domain name extensions are also referred to as top-level domains or TLDs.
There are different types of domain extensions, namely:
- Country Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD). This kind of domain extension represents a specific country.
- Sponsored Top-Level Domain (sTLD). It’s a type of TLD restricted to a few types of groups and organizations. Some examples include .gov, and .edu.
- Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD). It’s the most common type of TLD – it can be used for general purposes. A few examples of gTLDs include .com, .org, and .net. This category also includes new extensions, such as .xyz, .club, and .online.
When deciding on the domain extension that is suitable for your domain name, look for a TLD that represents the purpose or goal of your website.
For example, a .com or .store domain might be best for an eCommerce business. On the other hand, if you plan to create a blog, using a .me or .online domain can be an great choice. If you are still unsure about the right domain extension, we suggest using a .xyz or a ccTLD like co.za, etc. These generic TLDs are not associated with any specific niche or website type.
Once you know what domain and domain extension to use, use our domain checker to find your chosen domain name. Enter the name into the search bar and the tool will present you with a list of available domains. It will also display more extension and title suggestions, showing a wide range of domain ideas.
If your chosen domain is taken, another way to acquire your chosen website name is to check its availability with alternative top-level domains. For instance, if you are running a technology-related business but .com or .io TLDs are already taken, try .tech domain extension. If you need a domain name for an online portfolio, opt for .space.
Also, don’t be afraid to choose between different TLD types.
Pick Your Domain Name
After finding the best domain name for your task, it’s time to proceed with the checkout ordering process..
We do require you to typically pay for a minimum period of one year.
To purchase a domain name at Hostking, continue the process from the domain checker page and press the Add to cart button next to the domain. Then, click Continue.
From the shopping cart window, the Period is displayed and at times depending on domain extension it may request extra features like ID protection ,etc. These are optional. The Name Servers section is if you are buying domains from us but will be hosting the website files (web hosting plan) with a different hosting provider. Click Continue to proceed.
The next step is to log in or create an account with us to complete the payment process.
With that done, continue the checkout process and choose a payment processor.
Provide your billing information and check your order. Then, finish the domain name purchase.
Complete the Domain Registration
As soon as you have completed the payment, you’ll be redirected to an email verification page and then to the Client Area. From here you can view your domain names and manage any other services you may have with us.
You can modify the domain ownership details using the domain management section within the control panel, note some domain extension updates can take up to 7 days to process and may need some confirmation via email.