This is Part 2 in a series; if you missed the previous article, you can view it here: Craft Website Hosting – Sell Your Crafts Online Part 1.
When you are ready to sell your crafts online, the first thing you need to do is get a domain name.
Domain names are very inexpensive. Here are a few places you might use to register your domain name:
Take proper time when choosing your domain name. Here are some tips on choosing domain names.
- I personally prefer a .com domain name whenever possible. That is not mandatory, but if you do go with a different domain name extension, know what each one means. For instance, .CA indicates a Canadian website; .ORG typically indicates a non-profit or non-commercial organization.
- Be sensible about the length of the domain name. There are several reasons for this. First, people have to type it in; the longer it is, the more chance for mistakes. Secondly, the domain name is part of site links; if you have an incredibly long domain name, it can create some even longer url links, such as thisiswaytoolongofadomainname.com/and-now-the-page-name; you get the idea. I typically try to keep my domain names to 15 characters or less.
- Some people like to register as many different domain extensions as they can for their main domain name. For instance, if your site domain is mysite.com, you might also register mysite.info, mysite.net, mysite.biz in order to protect your brand. This is totally optional; if you can afford it, then go ahead and do it. You still place your site on the main site domain name, mysite.com; then you forward or point the other domain names to it.
- There are options you can purchase for your domain name if you wish. Private registration is a common option which means that when someone looks up your domain name at whois.net, they will not see your registration information. Instead they will see domainsbyproxy information, protecting your personal information. You can review the different options available prior to checkout and decide which domain name options are for you.
- Once you have registered your domain name, you will need to change the nameservers to point to the server of your site host. This is achieved differently depending on the registrar you choose. Most all of them offer complete instructions for accomplishing this on their website.