Your website will need a domain name (e.g., mycompany.com), so people can find your website on the Internet.
If you do not yet have a domain name — or you would like to transfer your existing one to the registration service that I use and recommend — then follow these easy instructions:
- Go to 1&1 Internet, which opens up in a new window. If it asks you if you want to accept a cookie, then do so.
- In the white field to the right of the "www.", type in the domain name you want, without any "www". Leave the ".com", unless this is for a nonprofit organization, in which case ".org" is usually best.
- Click the yellow "More" button.
- Their system will tell you whether or not your desired domain name is available.
- If it is, then click "Continue" and follow their instructions to sign up for that domain name. Choose the "1&1 Instant Domain" plan, which is sufficient for any website's needs and is the least expensive.
- If your desired domain name is not available, then contact me so we can figure out a good one that is available.
- When you have completed the sign-up process, you will receive an email message from them, containing your customer ID number. Please forward that message to me, and also let me know the password you chose, because I will need that information for setting the DNS values for your new domain name.
- Initially your new domain name registration is public, i.e., your contact information is displayed as part of the Internet's WHOIS record. To make it private, login to your 1&1 Internet account, locate your new domain name, lock it, and choose private registration.