How To Register A Domain With Namecheap

UPDATE: I can no longer recommend HostGator or Bluehost – read this blog post to see who I recommend.

Your domain name is incredibly important.  It can help with branding, and show people what they can expect when they visit your site. 

Today, I’m going to show you how to register your own domain name with Namecheap.  The process is really simple and affordable. 

Registering with Namecheap

First, go to Namecheap.

How to Register a Domain with Namecheap

Once you arrive, you’ll need to enter a domain name into the search box.  This name should be related to your product, services or brand. 

If you don’t have a market/niche picked out yet, read How to Choose a Popular Niche to get some ideas.  

If you aren’t sure if the niche you pick would be suitable for business, read A Beginner’s Guide to Keyword Research in order to learn to research about it.

Once you decide what domain name you want, you can type it into the search box and click “Search.”

At this point, you’ll be redirected to a new page with search results.  Your first choice will appear on the top, and other suggestions will appear below.  Additionally, you’ll see a list of premium domains and suggestions on the right hand side.  You can select from any of these options.

How to Register a Domain with Namecheap

Since domain names are in such high demand, your first choice may be taken.  Don’t let that discourage you, though.  Look through the other suggestions and try to find one you like.  If you don’t like any of the suggestions, search for a new name.

Once you find a domain name you want, you’ll need to place a check box in front of it.  Then, you’ll select “Add to Cart.”

How to Register a Domain with Namecheap

Next, you’ll need to decide how many years you want to register the domain name for.  If you choose one year, you will have to pay again in a year.  If you choose two years, you’ll have to pay again in two years, and so on.

Once you choose the amount of time you want to register for, you’ll need to decide if you want additional features. 

First, you can choose if you want to add web hosting for this domain.  While you certainly can, I recommend using Bluehost or HostGator.  Both offer affordable plans with lots of features, so I’d go with one of those. 

Then, you can choose if you want WhoisGuard.  WhoisGuard will protect you from spam.  Basically, the company puts their information in place of yours on the WhoIs directory.  Then, if someone wants to contact you via the directory, they’ll have to contact you through WhoisGuard.  WhoisGuard will weed out spam messages so you’ll only receive important emails.  This is a great service and it’s offered for free with Namecheap, so you should definitely take advantage of it.

How to Register a Domain with Namecheap

Next, you have to choose if you want to add Positive SLL.  An SSL certificate encrypts the information on a website.  This protects people’s personal information.  For instance, if someone makes a purchase on a site that has SSL, his information will be encrypted, so hackers cannot access it. 

Additionally, Facebook has new SSL requirements in place, so you can only link a site to a Facebook account if the site has an SSL certificate.  Thus, it’s a good idea to add an SSL certificate to your site.  Right now, Namecheap is offering SSL for $1.99 a year, which is a fantastic price.  You should jump on it before the price goes up.

Finally, you’ll need to decide if you want to get one year of OX personal email.  The first year is free, but I’d still pass this deal up.  Most hosts offer free email addresses with their hosting plans.  Thus, you can just sign up for your email account or accounts when you sign up for your hosting account.

After you add the options you want, you can click the “Checkout” button.

Then, you’ll need to create an account.  After you fill out the account information, click “Create Account.”

Once you do that, you’ll be taken to another form.  Input your information and click “Save and Continue.”

You’ll be redirected to a new page that has all of your registration information.  Make sure everything is correct and then click “Save and Continue.”

Next, you’ll have to choose your name server settings.  I used custom name servers, and I found the DNS (name server info) in a Welcome Email from Bluehost or HostGator. 

Then, you’ll need to choose your URL forwarding settings.  Again, you can just use Namecheap’s default settings.

The same is the case with your email forwarding settings.  You can leave them as they are and click “Save and Continue.”

Finally, you can pay for the domain name.  At this point, you own the name.  Now, you can go to Bluehost or HostGator and sign up for hosting.  

How to Register a Domain with Namecheap While there are a lot of steps involved in registering a domain name, it’s a really simple process that will only take a few minutes.  Stop by Namecheap and get the process started.  Then, you can have your own domain name for your business.

Take Care,
Carol

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  • Linda

    Thank you for the step by step here. Very helpful! Sometimes the simple things are what trip me up.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      You’re welcome, Linda – that is very true! Thanks for stopping by. – Carol

  • sandra

    Thank you Carol, this is good information.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Sandra!
      You’re welcome, as I really try to put out info that folks are asking about….even if you don’t need it today, you will at one point. :)
      Have a Blessed Day!
      – Carol

  • herbert

    Thanks Carol for you the great information.i have learned a lot from you in the moth or so that i’ve got your emails.I have been trying to make money on line for two years now and have made $1.15.i would love for you to teach me a few things.will take your advice you make it easy to understand.I have to much information,as you said information over load.but i will make this business work.Looking forward to hear from you again.
    Thanks Herbert.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hello Herbert!
      I was interested in Internet marketing several years ago, but I was working three jobs and just was always exhausted so I could not get my brain wrapped around the information I was reviewing.
      About a year ago I was able to put more time into it and that’s why got off the ground. My entire business is based on list building has it’s a great foundation. My suggestion to you is to watch my free video, Golden Nuggets – Internet Marketing Basics. That’s a great place to start. let me know if you have any specific questions.
      Have a great weekend. – Carol

  • Fred

    Carol,
    I notice you like HostGator, is there anything wrong with Brain Host? Thanks, Fred

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Fred,

      I have had good experiences with HostGator and Bluehost, that is why I recommend them. They are huge companies have a great track record. I don’t know much about Brain Host.
      Is that who you use? – Carol

  • PooChin Ng

    Thanks for the information and much appreciated.
    In time I will definitely need this, thanks again.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hello PooChin Ng,
      I am so glad to help. Yes, at some point everyone will need this kind of info…
      You’re welcome! Have a great weekend. :)
      – Carol

  • http://el.web.id/tools EL

    Nice information you have here. It reminds me a few years back then when I registered my first domain with Namecheap.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi EL,

      Yep, was many years ago for me when I was a power seller on eBay and wanted to host my own pictures. Have come a long way since then. :)

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :)

      – Carol