Chapter 3. Buying a Domain Name
In This Chapter
Researching available domain names
Registering and purchasing a domain name
Registering a name privately
Buying multiple domain names
Buying a domain name, which is both inexpensive and easy, can have a surprising number of pitfalls. It's hard to learn about the pitfalls without going through the process — and making some mistakes — a few times. Having done this, we can share our experiences with you.
The key things we recommend are
Avoiding mistakes during the sign-up process.
Registering only names you need.
Locking up "your" name — the one that seems ideal to you — with a domain name registrar.
Guarding against spam, identity theft, and fraud.
In this chapter, we first describe where to register, depending on who's going to host your site; then we take you through the domain-name purchasing process. Next, we address the major possible pitfalls and show you how to avoid them.
Why Are Some Domain Names Unavailable?
It's a lot of fun to check different domain names and dream of what you might do if you find a good one.
Many of the domain names you might want are already tied up, for several possible reasons, including
Legitimate use for a "real" Web site: This is the obvious one. Someone has registered the domain name for legitimate uses and has already or is about to put up a Web site behind the domain name.
Domain name speculation: Someone has registered the domain name hoping to sell it at a profit. If a speculator has your domain name, you may ...