What is a domain name?
Your domain is the unique name that that people use to find your website.
Your home and/or business has a physical address. A domain name is essentially the digital address of your business. Just like a GPS needs a street address to give you directions, a domain is what gives a web browser directions to your website.
There are two parts of a domain name. For example, my domain name misfitmedia.ca consists of the website's name (Misfitmedia) and the domain extension (.ca). The name of your website can be whatever you want it to be as long as it hasn't been purchased by someone else. As for the domain extension there are thousands to choose from. The most common are .com, .org, .net and. edu.
In order to have a domain name you will have to purchase it and re-register it annually.
How much does a domain name cost?
Depending on who you buy your domain from, the domain extension and the deals at the time, a domain names average cost you is between $1 - $45 per year, but prices can run into the thousands. If you are looking to buy a domain already used by someone else, you would have to contact the registered owner and agree on a price, this could be in the thousands of dollars depending on the age and history.
Domain names are able to be purchased through namecheap.com, porkbun.com. godaddy.com and countless others.
The Misfit Media difference
At Misfit Media Web Design we go above and beyond to help our clients. As a client of ours we will help you decide where to purchase your domain name, and if you choose one of our hosting and maintenance packages we setup your domain name and hosting for you, from start to finish.