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Once you’ve decided how you are going to create your site, you need to do decide on and get yourself a domain name. A domain name is the name you want to give to your website. For example, the domain name of this website is "MrStinge.com".
To get a domain name, you have to pay an annual fee to a registrar for the right to use that name. Getting a name does not get you a website or anything like that. It's just a name. It's sort of like registering a business name in the brick-and-mortar world; having that business name does not mean that you also have the shop premises to go with the name.
Deciding on the domain name is important for the simple reason that when people think of your website, they'll think of it by name.
If your name is also your URL, they'll automatically know where to go. It pays to have a domain name that reflects your site or business.
If you can’t get the domain name of your choice as it’s already taken, it’s probably best to just think up another one. If you have an existing brand name that you're known for, you'll probably not want to ditch that name just because you couldn't get the domain name. If so, you might simply want to try to buy over the domain name from the current owner. Check up the "whois" information for the domain, and contact that person listed to see if they're willing to sell it. If the website has contact information, use it.
You can buy domain names from specialist domain name companies such as 1&1 Internet and GoDaddy. Or if you are choosing to go with a website designer or our Stinge SiteBuilder, they’ll have a way for you to register your domain. We offer a free domain name to those who subscribe to a standard or plus account (and two free domains if you get the max account). Read more about the Stinge SiteBuilder by clicking here.