Finding and selecting the perfect domain name for your idea or business is key when staring a website. Using GoDaddy domain search, finding and choosing the right domain is a walk in the park.
We’ll start off by saying that if you already have an idea of what you want to call your business or website, it’s best to buy a register your domain name sooner rather than later. By waiting, you run the risk of someone else buying and registering the domain name you want before you.
Right, so how do you do you register your domain with GoDaddy? Well, very easily as a matter of fact.
When ready, let’s get started.
Table of Contents
- How to find a domain name with GoDaddy Domain Search
- Setting up your GoDaddy domain name
- FAQ (frequently asked questions)
How to find a domain with GoDaddy Domain Search
Finding a strong domain name isn’t difficult, but you should put a little time into thinking about it before you buy and register a domain name. Before jumping into how to find your domain, here are a few quick tips to consider when picking a name:
- Try choosing a name that is short and easy to remember.
- Choose a name that is as close to the name of your business as possible.
- Avoid names that are too long or hard to spell.
- Come up with 2-3 different options, just in case the name you want is unavailable.
- Lastly, consider selecting a domain with an extension people are familiar with (think .com, .org, .net).
For more in-depth detail on these tips, see: How to choose and register a domain name for your website.
Okay, now that we have that covered and in mind, here are steps find and select your domain name with GoDaddy.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to find a domain name with GoDaddy Domain Search
- Visit the GoDaddy Domain Search page
The first place to start in your search for a domain name is the GoDaddy Domain Search page.
- Enter the name you want in the domain search field
From the domain search field, enter the name you want and select Search.
- Add to cart
If the domain you want is available, simply select Continue to cart. If the name is not available, you may select an alternate name from the list of suggestions and choose Select before clicking Continue to cart.
- Complete checkout
Once the domain name you want is in your cart, simply follow the prompted steps to complete the checkout process and purchase your domain.
And that’s it. Pretty easy, huh? Those are the basic steps to finding a domain with GoDaddy domain search.
So, now that you have your domain, what can you do with it? That’s what the next section is all about.
Setting up your GoDaddy domain name
After purchasing a domain name, the next thing you may want to do is set it up. There are few different ways you can use your new name for your business including:
- Creating a website: Your domain name is the key identifier of your online presence and your website is its main hub.
- Setting up a custom email address to have a professional domain-based email.
- Connecting it to an existing website with domain forwarding.
Learn more about how you can do each of these in this short video:
When you’re ready to get started, here are the steps to access your domain and set it up how you choose:
- Start by signing into your customer account.
- Then go to the Domain Control Center.
- Select your domain name in the list to in order to access the Domain Settings page.
- From here, choose Use My Domain.
- Then simply select an option for how you would like to set up your domain to either create a website, set up an email address, or connect it to an existing website.
Now you’re on your way to domain name rock-stardom!
Have additional questions? Check out the following answers to commonly asked questions.
GoDaddy Domain Search FAQs
GoDaddy domain search is a tool used to find and register available domain names on the web. It is also used to browse alternative domain names that are available for registration similar to the name that is initially searched for when using the tool.
Domain names that are priced much higher than others are considered to be premium domains. The reason they are priced higher is that they are seen as more valuable in the online world. These names are usually very short and catchy names that are in high demand. This is the main reason for the higher price tag. With that being said, though they are more expensive, the benefits can often make up for the initial investment in the long run.
If the domain you want is unavailable, this is usually because it is already registered and owned by someone else. In this case, there are a couple of options. When using the GoDaddy domain search tool, alternative options are always offered. These options are generally variations of spelling or with alternate extensions (such as .info or .net for example when .com is already taken). You can choose one of these alternate domain names if the one you want is taken.
Another option is that you can use a domain backorder service. With a domain backorder, you purchase a credit which gives you a better chance at securing the domain name you really want when it becomes available again for purchase and registration.
The best way to protect your domain name is to add a Privacy & Protection plan when purchasing your domain. Doing so helps prevent accidental domain expiration by automatically renewing your domain registration when it’s coming up on the expiration date. In addition, adding protection also hides your personal contact information from the public WHOIS directory including name, address, phone number, and email address. The WHOIS directory displays publicly viewable information for all registered names on the web. Lastly, a protection plan also helps prevent unauthorized domain transfers and other vulnerabilities.
Most people use their domain name to set up and create a website. But in addition, with a GoDaddy domain name, you can also create a professional custom domain-based email address. You can also connect your domain to an existing website or forward your domain.
Yes, you can. GoDaddy makes it simple to transfer domains if you already have a domain name at a different company. You simply enter the domain name you want to transfer into the domain transfer tool and then follow the promoted instructions to complete the transfer. Most domain transfers can be completed in about 5-7 days from the time they are initiated.
Finding your domain name with GoDaddy is simple and only takes a minute to do so. Start by visiting the GoDaddy Domain Search tool and then entering a name you are interested in. Afterward, just hit Search to see if the domain you want is available to buy and register.
Okay, that about covers it. Hopefully by now you have a good understanding of how to find your domain with GoDaddy.
But if you need additional guidance or help, we encourage you to visit our Help Center. There you can find more useful resources and instruction to help you get set up and on your way.
Have any additional questions or thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.
Happy domain searching!