Every website requires a domain name so it can be found online. Here's all the information you'll need to get your website hooked up with a new or existing domain name:
- Domain transfer
- Domain Registration Facts
- How to change DNS (Domain Name Servers)
- Domain registration vs. Web Hosting
- DNS change Checklist
- Finding an Available Domain Name
- Domain Scams
Domain Registration Facts:
- You can register as many domains as you like with HostBaby.
- .com and .net are $12.99 a year.
- .org is $13.49
- When you know what name you want, this article will cover how to add it to your account.
- When requesting domain registrations: let us know what you'd like to do with the domain!
- If you have an existing domain name, we'll help you point it to our servers.
- If you'd like to have more than one domain name pointing to your website, we can set that up too!
How to Change DNS (Domain Name Servers):
Read this article here to see how to change your name servers.
Domain Registration vs Web Hosting:
To have a website you must own a registered domain and have a web host. Many people confuse and use these terms interchangeably. To find out more information on how this works, read our article on it here.
DNS Change Checklist:
Here is our checklist of things to know, before changing your DNS. You can read the article on that here.
Finding an Available Domain:
When picking out a domain name, you’ll need to make sure it’s available first! Only one person can own a domain name at a time. You might think of a domain name like a telephone number for websites: there is one number for one person.
Keep in mind that domain names have some rules:
- No Special Characters allowed: only hyphens (”-”) are allowed
- No extra punctuation: sorry no periods besides the ‘dot’ in the extension)
- Need domain extension (.com, .org, .net, etc)
To see if one is available, you’ll need to perform what’s called a whois search. To check this out, you can use this nifty whois search tool http://whois.domaintools.com. All you need to do is enter a domain name, and click whois. Keep in mind that a domain name does NOT include www or http. As an example, OUR domain name is hostbaby.com; that’s it!
When searching for domains, you’ll get two types of results:
- No Match Found, Unknown/available: Meaning it is not recognized as a domain that is taken, and that it’s available. Search results will vary for different types of domains you look into (.org, .net, .com), but the message itself is pretty clear if it is not taken.
- Unavailable: Meaning it is taken by someone else already. You’ll know a domain name is unavailable if you get a listing showing the domain “Registrar”, who owns the domain, where it’s pointed, etc. So if you see someone’s name here, it’s not available.
There are always people trying to scam you out of your domain, and it is something that needs to be taken seriously, as it happens every day. Read our article here, on common domain scams to help you avoid disaster in the future!