Out of the processes involved in getting your website up and running, the easiest step must be getting hold of your own domain name. That is, if you can find one that's not already taken. A little bit of lateral thinking here will surely help. Please do not be afraid of a longer name as most people visiting your site would be clicking a link rather than typing out the whole thing. But to help some who need to type it all out, using just words concatenated together is best. That is, not using hyphens or misspelt words. So "thisismysite.com" is much easier to type in and remember than "this-is-my-site.com" or worse is "this-is-mi-cite.com". Try telling the last domain name to someone on the phone!
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Getting your domain name from Namecheap.com
Who to Buy FromIf you are just getting one or two names, hunting for the lowest price is probably not worth the while. More important is who you use to register with. There are many stories of people getting both the domain and hosting from one small company only to find that when the company folds or get into a dispute with the customer, the hassle of trying to prise back a cherished domain becomes a major hassle. Some domain name registrars also have a very convoluted administration system that even an old hand at domain names can be made to think hard. So enough of words and let me give some personal recommendations. As I live in the United Kingdom but use registrars from both sides of the Atlantic, my choices reflect this. All are big players in the field and are unlikely to disappear any time soon.
RecommendationsBluehost will do a deal where if you buy hosting from them, the domain name is also thrown in. If you take advantage of this, life will be incredibly simple as you won't have to juggle with nameservers. Look at the section on Web Hosting to see the video to guide you through it.
Namecheap.com is used in my video above because I use them extensively and find them solid and reliable. They are also active in campaigning against restrictive legislation being applied to the whole of the internet by content publishing companies. Using the link will earn me a little commission too!123-reg.co.uk is a well-established UK company with an easy user interface. They also supply hosting but their non-premium offering is painfully slow even though you pay for it. Shame all their link images are annoyingly animated!