Buy a Domain Name ? Review of Domain Companies to Buy From

Before you buy a domain name, consider your options. But if you are like most domain buyers, you may be thinking ‘there are so many companies from which I can buy a domain… how do I know which one to choose?’. Well that choice certainly isn’t easy, but it is an important one. I will go over the most important factors to consider when selecting a company with which to buy a domain name.

Firstly, and this may seem obvious, but the company should be reliable. Check out their website and try to judge the credibility of their services. You may also want to do a quick Google search on ‘buy a domain name from company’, which ‘company’ is the name of the domain company that you are investigating. The last thing to check, but this is very important nonetheless, the website of the company should have an ICANN symbol indicating that it is an officially registered company to buy a domain name.

Secondly, consider the usability of the website. This is accessory, but if you plan to have multiple domains, or to buy another domain name later on, you should have an easy way to manage your domains. You should be easily able to set the DNS preferences, domain forwards, whois information, and so on. If these terms seem alien to you, don’t worry. They may not all apply to you, but after you buy a domain name you will soon realize that some of these features may come in handy.

Thirdly, the company shouldn’t monopolize your domain. If you buy a domain from them, but then decide that you don’t like their services, you must be able to change companies. The act of switching companies after you buy a domain name is called domain forwarding. It is an official process with set steps and guidelines. The company from which you plan to buy a domain name should make these processes easy for you.

Finally, the best way to learn about the domain industry is simply to read. The most helpful resource that I have found have been the Domain Book (at Domain Book) and the DomainSocial forums. If you want an all-in-one, easy to access resource, then check out the book before you buy a domain name.

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