We put together a few resources for the do it yourself-er please read the disclaimer below.
We will be adding more resources regularly so check back often.
Finding a business name or Branding
A good business name, branding will help your clients identify with your product or service. There are many agencies and services out the oxtomedia.com is one of them, use the contact us form. Our prices range from $99.00 to $299.00 the difference being how many rounds and choices you need.
Getting a good domain is key
I like to use google domains for my high end websites, the ones I want to sleep safe at night knowing they are registered with a reputable registrar. For all others I use Name Silo they have fair prices and good tools needed to maintain the domains.
How Domain Name Registration Works
Domain name registration is neither expensive nor a difficult task. We will try to help you in explaining the basics of domain name registration.
First of all, you have to be clear about which domain name extension you need to use during the domain name registration. If you want to run your website for commercial use, then you should go for a .com extension. If it is for a nonprofit organization then you may choose a .org one. Other extensions are available they are .net, .info, and .biz. to name a few.
Some extension could not be used by general public unless proper authorization is achieved. .edu and .gov are two of them.
Once you have decided upon the selection of the extension, you need to see whether the domain name that you desire is available or not. In order to do this, you can use a site like https://domains.google.com I am sure they are safe to search with, because there are some registrars that sell their searches to companies that will hold on to them and wait to make a profit on them.
Another site I use to check for domains is https://h33h.com they do not register domain, but what they do is search the whois directories and show basic results like available or not, there also have a other interesting scripts that I use, but they are for members only.
There are many others that would let you search for a domain name. They are easy to use. You have to simply enter the name that you have chosen and see what you get in return. This would let you know whether is desired name is available or not. if the name is already taken, then some will offer you suggestions, meaning you will receive a list of suggestions that are similar to the name you entered. Hopefully you may be able to register one to your liking.
You have to be careful when typing your domain name as if typed incorrectly, it will become yours and most of the registrars do not have a refund policy and thus you have to pay once again for it.
After submitting the form, you are done with your part and the remaining process will be completed by the registrar. It may take a couple of days for the process to complete in full.
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