Purchasing Your Website Domain Name

This is the first in a series of articles on building a platform that matters based my lessons-learned building and managing websites.

Hover.com DomainsIf you are getting ready to build your first website, the first step in the process is going to be acquiring a domain name and finding a hosting service.  In this article, I'll cover a few considerations in acquiring a domain name.

Use a Separate Domain Provider

I highly recommend you separate the purchase of a domain name and your hosting service.  There are several advantages to this approach, the biggest being the flexibility it provides if you decide to change hosting services.  I've done this a fews time over the past several years.  Having my domains with a provider that specializes in domain registration makes changing hosting services very easy.  Quite often if you decide to change hosting services, you want to cut all ties to them.  With a separate service you need only point your domain to the new hosting service and you're done.  The change is nearly instant.

Seriously Consider Hover.com

My preferred registrar is Hover.com.  Why?

  • Their dashboard is very clean, easy to use.
  • There are no upsells, though they do provide an email option.  Other services will often run you through an endless series of upsells.
  • Their domain cost includes WHOIS privacy, which most services charge $12/yr or more.  This keeps your overall costs lower and keeps your personal data private (although, by law, privacy protection can't be purchased on .us domains).

Hover.com is the service I use for all of my domains and recommend to clients.

Note: As a matter of full disclosure this post contains affiliate links for products that I personally use.

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