NameCheap Domain Registration – Step by Step Guide
Visit the NameCheap.com website. When you get to the website, I suggest that you first create a free account so that you have all of your information and contact details in the system before you start the domain registration process.
Once you have an account on the system, any time that you return to this site you will be able to click Account and then select Dashboard to view all of your products and services that you have ordered with NameCheap.
Click on Sign Up?
This will take you to the Account creation screen.
Enter Your Account Information
Create a Username and create your password. If you decide to select the NameCheap Web hosting services then you will use the same username and password to log in for that as well.
Search for a Domain Name
Enter your domain name selection. NameCheap will show you if the .com extension is available as well as the other popular extensions.
To protect your brand name, it would be wise to invest in other extensions, like the .net or others while you are completing your registration.
Select the Extensions you want
You thing I like about the NameCheap Domain Registration system is that they do not automatically add the domain name to your cart. They put you in charge to add your selected domain extension and they provide you with the choices for other domain extensions as well.
There is also an option with NameCheap to use their Beast Mode System. No, this does not have anything to do with Marshawn Lynch selecting your Domain Name.
Beast Mode lets you search thousands of domain names in the blink of an eye, filter and prioritize the results you want to see, and even inspire you with new ideas.
Select Any Other services.
NameCheap provides a number of other services above and beyond domain name registration. They also have a number of Web Hosting Services, including WordPress blog hosting. You can also add SSL (Secured Socket Layer) protection to your domain. Secure your connections with a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
You can also get Email Hosting that uses your new domain name.
I have never tried their Business Card service, but I bet that would come in handy for some ventures.
One thing that you don’t see as an upsell or added service is the WhoisGuard domain protection. That is because it is included for free at NameCheap.
Determine Registration Period – Number of Years
Another thing that I appreciate about NameCheap is that they do not try to immediately sell you Five years of domain registration, they put the customer in charge of the period they want to pay for. You can always extend if you need to, but it is refreshing to see a company not try to gouge you upfront.
I mentions WhoisGuard earlier. Let me take a moment or two to explain this.
When you register a domain, ICANN requires registrars to provide them with your contact information (such as name, email, address, and phone number).
This information is usually posted to the worldwide Whois database.
This database lists the owners of every domain name online, and it can be searched by anyone on the Internet. There are companies setup to monitor this information and send you solicitations via the mail or email or call you with unwanted services.
I have registered a domain with some companies and gotten calls and letters for 2 months after the registration. Not with NameCheap.
WhoisGuard hides your information from spammers, marketing firms, and online fraudsters.
Instead, the Whois database will display generic WhoisGuard contact information. It’s the best global domain privacy option you’ll find anywhere.
Complete Your Contact Info
You are able to identify your Registrant Contact, and appoint an Administrative, Technical and Billing Contact.
If you are into Affiliate Marketing, these should all be you.
I know of a church onetime that named a member that was helping them with the site as a Technical contact. Long story short, the member got disgruntled, left the church and locked everyone else out of the domain name. It was not a pretty situation. Be careful naming anyone else.
Pay for your Order
NameCheap allows Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and Paypal as payment options.
Review your order and click Pay Now
You are one step closer to building your Affiliate Marketing empire.
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