Once you’ve picked a name for your blog, you need to register a domain name for it.

A domain name is the thing that someone types in to find your blog on the web. “Google.com” or “Facebook.com” are famous examples of domain names, and you need your own.

I’ve talked before about how important it is to own a “proper” domain name such as myBlog.com rather than a free sub-domain such as myBlog.WordPress.com provided by your blog host. This means you will have to pay for it, but probably only a few dollars per year.

There are hundreds of services that will sell you a domain name for your blog. GoDaddy are one of the most famous, as their huge budget means they can afford to run ads during the Super Bowl or UK Premier League football and other massive events.

My recommendation though is to buy your domain name from NameCheap.com. I’ve used NameCheap for years and have only had a good experience with them.

Some hosts are so huge that you can never get hold of anyone to talk to you if you need help. Others are so small that they close down and leave you hanging. NameCheap has great support, fast service, great prices, and have been in business for a long time. I trust them with the domains for all of my businesses.

Once you have your name and have decided on the domain name you want, here is how to order a domain name today via NameCheap.

Visit NameCheap and type in the domain you would like
Hurrah, it’s available! Add it to your cart
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What do these options mean?

You can ignore “PremiumDNS” completely. We don’t need that.

“WhoisGuard” will register your domain name anonymously. This is optional, but if you don’t want people to be able to easily know that you own a domain name, use this option.