A domain name is the online address for your website. The IP address is a unique string of numbers and other characters that is used across the Internet to access websites from any device or location. Think of a domain like a contact number in your phone. Instead of typing a series of complicated numbers (IP address) into a browser, you type in a domain name. A domain name can be followed by many unique TLDs, giving you a chance to stand out online.
Since there are so many domain name options to choose from, the first thing you want to check is that your chosen domain name is still available. To begin, you will enter the domain name in the search box and then click “Search” for your results. When the search is complete, if your domain name is available, you’ll be directed to a page where you can review and purchase it. In the event your domain name isn’t available, POPCORN IT can provide several variations and extensions of that domain name for you to choose from.
Choosing a domain name is important for your website because it represents your brand or business online. We recommend choosing a short domain with relevant keywords so visitors can easily access your website. While your domain can include letters, numbers or hyphens, you’ll want to avoid any special characters so it’s easy to remember and type into a web browser.
When you purchase a domain name, your personal information is registered to your domain and can be found in the public WHOIS directory. In order to keep your information private you want to utilize POPCORN IT’s Domain Privacy + Protection, which also helps protect you from spam and identity theft by keeping your personal information concealed and instead listing generic POPCORN IT contact information. Domain Privacy + Protection also scans the website you created with your domain and alerts you if there are any changes made or if there is any harmful malware.
There are tons of websites on the internet. That’s why when you select your domain name it’s important that you find a TLD that accurately reflects what your website is about. POPCORN IT sells a wide array of domain extensions such as: .com, .club, .co, .space, .us, .ca, .website, .org, .net, .me, .biz, .info, .host, .online, .site and more! Domain extensions are the perfect way to express your brand in a vivid and creative way.
Yes, once you have purchased a hosting plan with POPCORN IT, the process of transferring a domain is easy. Simply follow the instructions in your control panel to make the transfer and begin using your domain name from your POPCORN IT account.
When you choose POPCORN IT as your domain provider you are given the ability to create a fully customizable website. We feature various domain name extensions that empower you to make a website reflective of their blog, brand or business. You can use our domain finder to search and select a domain that will get you one step closer to starting your website!
As said above, a domain name is like your website’s street address, whereas web hosting is like your website’s actual home — where all the files, images, and other info actually lives. Your site needs both an address and home to be up and running, but they are definitely two different things