In this lesson, I will show you how to properly registeryour Domain Name using NameCheap and show you the settings you should be putting in while you’re ordering.
NameCheap – Cheap Domain Names, Registration, Domain Transfer, SSL Certificates, Free DNS, Privacy Protection
Wooh! What a mouthful for a website title, right? Seriously… But, they DO provide everyhting that they state, so I cannot complain The two things I want you to focus on in the title are Cheap Domain Names and Free Privacy Protection. THIS is the reason why most of my domain names are on NameCheap. Namecheap’s competitive pricing and free Privacy Protection (normally an extra $5-$10 anywhere else) make starting a website cheap and safe. So, let’s get started with reserving a Domain Name for your website. Before we begin, I want to make sure you know what you should be looking for in a Domain Name so please make sure you’ve read Lesson 1.1 – Getting a Domain Name – Things To Consider (You Can Click Here, It will open in a new window).
NameCheap – Finding Your Domain Name
Now that you’re well versed in what to look for in a Domain Name, you undoubtedly know that you will want a .com, .net, or a .org domain name for your website. Preferrably a .com name. So, Go to www.NameCheap.com and enter the domain name you want in the Domain Search Box (I’m Using “WordPressWebsiteSecrets.com” as an example) and press Search:
After you hit the big blue SEARCH button, you will get taken to the Domain Search Results Page. Once that loads up, you will be ale to see if your domain is available as a preferred extension (a .com/.net/.org). Try to ALWAYS go for the .com domain, however, as we see with our example domain, .com is NOT available so I will need to make a call on whether I want a .org or .net. My suggestion has always been that the .org be used for businesses and .net be used for blogs. The reason? None. That’s just my personal preference since to me it makes sense that an ORGanization would have a .org domain, and a NETwork would have a .net domain. However, making that decision is up to you. Lucky for me, the .com domain is available!
Adding Your Domain To Your Cart & Suggested Domain Names
And not only is the .com version of WordPressWebsiteSecrets.com available, according to the NameCheap Suggestions box, the domain WordPressSiteSecrets.com is also available. Since I don’t want anyone accidentally miss-typing or confusing “Site” instead of “Website” in the future, so I’ll register BOTH domain names, so I’ll want to add both to cart by clicking the orange add to cart button.
Modifying Your NameCheap Order In Your Cart
Once the domains are in your cart and you’re ready to check out, and register your domain(s), go to your cart and double check several settings:
- Double Check the Spelling of your domain name. This may seem funny to you, but I’ve wasted around $30 by getting miss-spelled domain names and then having to go back and re-order the CORRECT spelling.
- Check to make sure that your domain is set for 1 year. Why 1 year? Because to be honest, you don’t need MORE than that, especially with the ability to turn on Auto Renew.
- Double Check to make sure that you’ve got 1 year of Free WhoisGuard Enabled. WhoisGuard will block your details out so that spammers cannot see who owns the website, and you’ll have less bother in your life Besides, ITS FREE!
- Make sure that you have only the domains you WANT in your cart, and then click on the orange Checkout button.
The Fork In The Road: Create A NameCheap Account? Or Log In?
The next screen will pop up. If you already have a NameCheap Account, then go ahead and log into it on the right side. If not, then go ahead and create one at this point, since you’ll KNOW that you’re ready to order a domain at that point. There’s no point in creating an account before you register your domains, it’s just extra work. So, Go ahead and create your account and your next screen should still coincide with our lesson.
Domain Registrant Contact Information Verification
After Logging into your NameCheap Account, you will be taken to the next screen; Address Verification. Your information should already be filled into this section, just double check to make sure it’s accurate. If you’re creating this website for a business, make sure you fill in the Organization Name
NameCheap Domain Registration: Setting Up Your Domain Settings During Checkout
Also during checkout, you will want to make sure that you have the correct settings put in place (this step is NOT required, but will save you some time later). Here are the things you need to decide on at this point:
- Do you want your NameCheap Domain to Renew Automatically Before Expiration? My suggestion is that you go ahead and mark this. Worse case scenario, you can change it later if you decide that you’re finished with the website and don’t want to use the Domain Name any more.
- Enable WhoisGuard. This setting is FREE for the first year, and as such, it’s important to use this. During your first year, you will be getting established and probably don’t really want people to know your contact details
- Decide if you want your WhoisGuard to renew Automatically Before Expiration. This is usually a $10/Year feature, so if you mark it to automatically renew, it will charge you $10 a year after you get your domain.
- Do you want to leave your website alone for now, or do you have a Hosting Provider already in mind? My suggestion is that you click the Use Custom Name Servers option and enter in NS1.BLUEHOST.COM and NS2.BLUEHOST.COM. The reason for this is because BLUEHOST is one of the FEW hosting services that I will actually recommend to my newer customers. More on this in the HOSTING section of the guide.
NameCheap Domain Registration – Final Checkout / Payment Options
After you’ve gone through all the settings, click on the Save and Continue button at the bottom and you will be taken to the Checkout – Payment Options screen which will look something like the picture below. This is one of your last chances to double check for spelling mistakes on your Domain Names (I Learned the hard way to double-check). Once you’re totally ready to check out, Go ahead and choose an option. I suggest to everyone that they checkout via PayPal, but there’s also the option to use a Credit/Debit card and store that. I use one card STRICTLY for domains, so I have that on file
Managing Your NameCheap Domain Names & Changing Settings
Once you’ve paid for your domains, You will see a Receipt for your payment. Feel free to print this out and store it somewhere (Jot down your NameCheap Login Details on it as well, while they’re fresh in your mind). If you’d like to modify your domain later, then you can always “Mouse Over” the Domains Menu Option on NameCheap, and click on Manage Domains:
After you click on Manage Domains, you will see a list of the Domain Names that you currently have in your account. I purposefully cropped it to the 2 domains you saw me order, since I’ve got a list of about 50 Domain Names that I manage with this account
Changing Your Domain’s NameServer Settings on NameCheap
Just click on the Domain Name that you’d like to modify and you will be taken to the Modify Domain screen. You should be able to also see if your WhoisGuard is enabled, and Enable/Disable it as needed. In order to change your NameServer Settings, click on the Domain Name Server Setup menu option on the left side:
Once you’re on the Change Existing Domain Name Server Information screen, Select the Specify Custom DNS Servers option and enter the names server settings that your hosting provider provides. If you’re going wtih BlueHost Hosting, Go ahead and enter NS1.BLUEHOST.COM & NS2.BLUEHOST.COM in here, if you didn’t already do so during the Domain Checkout: Domain Options portion of this lesson, and click the blue Save Settings button at the bottom:
If successful, you should see a message just below the Modify Domain title:
With that done, you’re the proud owner of a Domain Name Your Very Own Website name! Congrats! Unfortunately, we’re not done yet This is just one section of building your own website. Now that you have the Domain Name, we need to figure out what type of Hosting is best for you. Click Here To Go To Our Setting Up Hosting section.