Domain registration | How to register a domain name?
How to register a domain?
A domain name can be registered by a host. After choosing a domain name and finalizing your order, you are the owner of this domain name for one year. It is not possible to permanently register a domain. But at one.com, we’ll renew your domain automatically, so you don’t have to worry about losing it. We will always notify you in advance of an upcoming renewal and register domain names at low cost.
You can easily register a domain on one.com:
- Search for a domain name in the domain search bar.
- Find and select an available domain.
- Add a hosting plan if you want to have a website or email on your domain.
- Complete your order.
How to choose a good domain name?
Generally speaking, you would want to start with your company name, project name, or even your own name as a domain name in popular TLDs, if available. You can also add descriptive domains and TLDs to help explain what you’re doing to potential customers. Finally, a good tip is to register a domain name that is easy to remember and spell. So if someone tries to enter the address, they should be able to find you the first time.
If you’re not sure which TLD to choose, it’s often best to go with a popular TLD. You can’t go wrong with a .com or .co.uk domain. The downside to these TLDs is that your preferred domain is more likely to be taken already. These days, therefore, it is more common to register a more modern TLD, such as .online or .shop.
Here’s an example of a solid domain registration strategy. Imagine Jonas opens a bicycle repair shop in Copenhagen called “Jonas’ Bikes”. He should seek to register his exact business name in .com and .dk, the two popular top-level domains in Denmark – jonasbikes.com and jonasbikes.dk, as well as the Danish translation of his brand name – jonascykler.dk . In fact, while researching SEO and marketing tactics, Jonas will find that many of his potential customers are looking online for “Copenhagen bikes” in Danish. It will therefore register the category domain name cyklerkoebenhavn.dk to redirect to its main website. Then Jonas can choose to register jonas.bike as a cool domain name, which he could potentially use a lot in marketing. Thus, Jonas has identified 4 domain names that he must register in order to secure his brand online.
What rules and restrictions apply to domains?
Which domain name you want to register is completely up to you. You have the freedom to register almost any domain you want, if it’s still available. But there are a few restrictions you should keep in mind:
- A domain name can only be made up of letters, numbers and a hyphen. You cannot use other special characters.
- The minimum length of a domain name is 3 characters, excluding domain extension.
- The maximum length of a domain name is 63 or 64 characters, depending on the domain extension.
- Some domain extensions can only be registered by specific organizations such as government agencies (.gov) or academic institutions (.edu).
- Some country-specific domain extensions, such as .no, .fr, and .ca, can only be registered if you or your business is located in that country.
Another thing to consider are other brands and companies. You could be trademark infringement if you register a domain name that is too similar to an existing brand or business.
What happens after domain registration?
Once it’s active, there are a lot of things you can do with your domain, especially with one.com. You can start building a website or create email addresses on your domain.
Build a website
At one.com, you have several options for creating your own website:
You can try our user-friendly website builder which allows you to build a website from over a hundred professionally designed templates. No coding required; easily edit your site with a simple drag and drop interface.
WordPress hosting is another way to build a website. You can easily install the most popular content management system with our 1-click installer and immediately start building a WordPress website.
Our all-in-one plans include email hosting, so you can easily set up a business email address on your own domain. It works with apps and comes with our own ad-free webmail platform for online browsing. It is comprehensive, professionally designed and very easy to use.
You can also redirect the domain name you registered to an existing website or web page, like your LinkedIn profile or Instagram feed. Advanced users will have full control over DNS settings to configure various records for your domain to function.