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What is a domain name?

A domain name is essentially an online address to your website. Visitors can access your website if they know your domain name and enter it into their browser. Creating a website for your business or personal purpose isn’t complete without one.

Where should I purchase a domain name?

Getting a domain name for your website is easy. All you need to do is go to any online name domain registrar, which is a commercial entity that reserves domain names for its clients. There are a lot of registrars to choose from, but below are two of our favorites. You would be in great hands by choosing either company:

We love Uniregistry because they keep it incredibly simple. Not only are their prices competitive, but you also get FREE private WHOIS registry with every domain!

Godaddy is one of the most popular domain registrars in the world. We love them because DNS changes propagate almost instantly.

Domain name buying tips

Unfortunately, there are cases when the domain name that you chose has already been taken, especially if it’s as generic as “” or “”. You may either look for another domain name that sounds more unique, or opt for other top-level domains (TLDs) such as .org, .net, and the new TLDs like .pizza, .city and more.

Here are some domain name buying tips that we hope could help you snap up that perfect name for your website:

  • The domain name must speak about your website. is named after a very huge number to represent how much information its search engine can provide. is a play on the Hawaiian word for “quick” and the suffix of the word encyclopedia. Your domain name is like a brand for your website, so think about it carefully.
  • Try to get a .com domain if your website is for your business. The .com TLD is the most popular domain extension, so aim towards getting your domain name with this extension. However, if it’s not available, you can always choose other TLDs like .net, .org, .biz or the newer ones released in 2014.
  • Your website and your domain name can come from two different sources. Although many domain registrars offer website hosting, it’s not required to host your pages on your domain registrar. You have the option to purchase a domain name from a registrar (say GoDaddy) and host your website pages in a web hosting company (such as Pixelate Hosting). This way, you have the power to choose the services that you prefer for both domain name and website hosting.