Where is the best place to buy my domain name? – #asktheukdomain
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Where is the best place to buy my domain name? – #asktheukdomain

♪ [music] ♪ Hello, and welcome to Ask The
UK Domain. Today’s question is, “Where is the best place to buy my domain
name?” We get asked this question all the time and whilst we can’t recommend
one provider or registrar over another, we can talk about some of the points that
you should be considering when you’re choosing a registrar or a provider, and
the kind of questions that you should be thinking about along the way. So
the very first thing that you should do is go to our website, go to
theukdomain.uk/search, and you will find a search tool that allows you
to compare accredited registrars for UK domains. So, step one, you
type in your domain name. Step number two is you choose the domain
ending that you want. And on our website, you can choose from .uk,
.co.uk, .me.uk, and .org.uk. And step three, you choose the registrar
and you’ll be presented with a list. This is the first thing, I think
you really need to compare lots of different registrars. The things
that you should be looking for when you’re doing your comparison,
first one is price and promotion. Registrars offer domain names at different
prices, and also registrars will be offering promotions throughout the year, so you might get your
domain name for cheaper with one registrar than another.
There may be an offer for 99p for example, or maybe there’s an offer to
get your domain name for three years at a cheaper price. Another thing that you
find offers for is for the services, so when you’re buying
a domain name, typically you’re not just getting a domain name, you may be getting a hosting package or,
you know, a website builder because you want to buy your website. So make
a list of the services that you’re going to need in addition to your domain
name, and when you’re looking at the different providers,
see if they offer them. So if you want hosting,
make sure that your provider offers hosting. If you
want a web builder, make sure that your provider has a web builder.
You don’t have to buy your domain name from the same provider that you get
your website or your hosting from, but having them together does make things
simpler. Another thing I should say as well, that there are websites out there,
web builders that allow you to build your website and also allow you to buy your domain name through
them. Examples are like Wix, Squarespace, WordPress.com.
Those don’t appear on our search tool, because they’re not registrars in the
traditional sense, but you can buy your domain name through them and they do offer
web building functionality, so do look at people like that as well in your search and your comparisons.
So, once you’ve got all of that information and you’ve compared
price, you’ve compared services, you’ve got a list, maybe a short list of
providers that you would like to go for, get some recommendations. And the first
people you should go to are your friends, family, or peers. If any of your friends or family have domain
names, ask them where they bought it, where did they get their
hosting from. And if you’re buying your domain name particularly for a business
purpose, ask other businesses and see who they use and how happy they are with the
service. The final thing is, search online for reviews. If you type in the name of
a provider, reviews into Google, for example, you’ll find lots of review
websites where people are talking about the quality of service, value for
money, and that sort of thing. What’s really, really important for most
people is the customer service because, if you’re not particularly
technically minded, for example, you’re going to have to talk to the
customer services team to figure out how to make a change or maybe make
an update or something like this, there is always examples of
when you want to talk to somebody. So do look at reviews for customer service
because that can really make one provider stand out against another
provider. So, I hope that was helpful. We’re answering your questions every
week. If you’d like to ask us a question, just do so using the #asktheukdomain
or leave a comment on this video. ♪ [music] ♪

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