Domain names can be purchased at any accredited domain registrar. A domain registrar is a company whose main purpose is to register domain names for people.

Most hosting providers can also obtain a domain name for you, but domains can be more expensive this way, due to the added overhead.

There are several very popular domain registrars including GoDaddy.com, Enom.com and Dotster.com. Most of their prices should be about the same.

All three of the above listed sites do, of course, have a way for you to check if a domain name is available for purchase. This tutorial uses GoDaddy.com as an example.

On the main page, you’ll see START A DOMAIN NAME SEARCH. In the box provided, enter the domain name you’re interested in, then select the desired extension (for example: .com) and click GO.

The next screen will indicate whether or not the domain name you’ve chosen is available. If the name is unavailable, a list of suggestions will also appear.

Purchasing a domain name