How To Register A Domain Name In India​

This article will explain in detail what is a domain name and how to register a domain name in India for your blog or website.

For Beginners - What is a Domain Name?

In simple words, it is the name or address of your website for Internet users. For the computers on the world wide web, it the network address to connect to your website. Computers and Smartphones use Internet Protocol (IP) address to connect and access the internet.

The IP address is a series of unique numbers which is assigned to a computer or a device. The same way an IP address is also assigned to your domain name which is specific to your website.

Any device trying to access your website with your domain name recognizes and connects to the IP address of your website. 

It’s sort of inconvenient and difficult for us humans to remember long series of numbers. That is why domain names were introduced to make it user-friendly for Internet users.

For example – www.amazon.in is the address of the website and also the domain name. Any device that is used to visit Amazon recognize and use its IP address which in turn points to the network address www.amazon.in to connect to the website.

A domain name can be only letters, only numbers or a combination of both.

For example – www.xzy.com
www.123.com
www.xzy123.com

You need a domain name and web hosting service to create a website. If you are targeting visitors or traffic from all over the world then you should register a domain name that ends with .com (most common), .net, .org, .info or .xyz. 

If you are targeting visitors or traffic from a specific country like India then you should register a domain name that ends with .in or .co.in. Other examples are .uk or .co.uk is for the United Kingdom, .au or .co.au is for Australia.

To use a particular domain name of your choice for your website, you will have to register it through a Domain Name Registrar. 

Also, do remember that every domain name has to be unique so, you will have to look for a domain name which isn’t already taken by someone or used by an existing website. 

You need to be very certain and particular while coming up with a domain name for your website. 

Your visitors will recognize your website with the domain name. It is not wise to change the domain name once you have established your website. You might end up losing visitors or traffic and popularity as well. 

 

For Beginners - How to register a Domain Name for your website in India?

  1. Visit the website of a domain registrar
  2. Check the availability of the domain name
  3. Add your domain name to the cart
  4. Pay and register the domain name

Step 1 - Visit the website of a domain registrar

how to register a domain name in india - visit godaddy

Now that you know what is a domain name and what is its importance, you need to register the domain name for your website with ICANN

ICANN stands for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which is a non-profit organization that is in charge of maintaining and coordinating the Internet, namely the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and the Domain Name System (DNS). 

You cannot directly register a domain name with ICANN which is why you need to get it done through a Domain Name Registrar. There are many popular Domain Name Registrars and Web Hosting Companies such as HostGator, GoDaddy, BigRock, Namecheap, Crazydomains, etc

They are considered to be India’s Best Domain Registrars (ICANN accredited) for cheap domain name registration. They are also some of the well-renowned registrars throughout the world and are ICANN accredited. 

(Please note that there are some registrars those are not accredited by ICANN. They claim to provide the best and cheapest deals on domain name registration. Please beware of them.) 

It is recommended to go with any of the registrars mentioned above as they are trusted by consumers all around the globe. You can get your domain name registered through them.

It is very difficult to get a good, common or generic domain name nowadays. Considering the number of websites on the World Wide Web (www) and it’s vastness it might seem that almost all the domain names are already used or taken. 

But obviously, there are still millions of good domain names which are yet to be taken. You can also come up with a new term or word of your own which doesn’t need to make any sense at all. But it should be cool, trendy, unique and easy to remember to be used as a domain name. 

You can also use a domain name suggestion tool or domain name generator if you are unable to decide or think of a good domain name for your website.

Step 2 - Check for the availability of the domain name

how to register a domain name from godaddy

Now that you know what is a domain name and what is its importance, you need to register the domain name for your website with ICANN

ICANN stands for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which is a non-profit organization that is in charge of maintaining and coordinating the Internet, namely the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and the Domain Name System (DNS). 

You cannot directly register a domain name with ICANN which is why you need to get it done through a Domain Name Registrar. There are many popular Domain Name Registrars and Web Hosting Companies such as HostGator, GoDaddy, BigRock, Namecheap, Crazydomains, etc

They are considered to be India’s Best Domain Registrars (ICANN accredited) for cheap domain name registration. They are also some of the well-renowned registrars throughout the world and are ICANN accredited. 

(Please note that there are some registrars those are not accredited by ICANN. They claim to provide the best and cheapest deals on domain name registration. Please beware of them.) 

It is recommended to go with any of the registrars mentioned above as they are trusted by consumers all around the globe. You can get your domain name registered through them.

It is very difficult to get a good, common or generic domain name nowadays. Considering the number of websites on the World Wide Web (www) and it’s vastness it might seem that almost all the domain names are already used or taken. 

But obviously, there are still millions of good domain names which are yet to be taken. You can also come up with a new term or word of your own which doesn’t need to make any sense at all. But it should be cool, trendy, unique and easy to remember to be used as a domain name. 

You can also use a domain name suggestion tool or domain name generator if you are unable to decide or think of a good domain name for your website.

Step 3 - Add your domain name to cart

Add your domain name to cart

You need to add the domain name to the cart if it’s available to register. You can register it for a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 10 years. 

You can also get attractive offers and discounts if you register it for more than 1 year. There are several add-ons such as Privacy Protection, Pre-designed Website, DIY Website Builder, Private Email Hosting, etc., that you can buy along with the domain name. 

Privacy Protection will save you from identity theft, spammers, and telemarketers. Without Privacy Protection for your domain name, your contact information is public and visible to anyone who does a WHOIS check on your domain name. 

The WHOIS database is an online directory which stores and maintains information of the owners of all the domain names registered worldwide. Information such as your name, billing address, expiration date and registrar of the domain can be found here. 

Privacy Protection ensures that the contact information associated with your domain name is not visible publicly. It does this by replacing all your publicly visible contact details with alternate contact information. 

Pre-designed Website will let you start your website instantly. Do-it-yourself(DIY) Website Builder will let you create and design your website as per your requirements. 

It is very easy to use a website builder to create and design websites as they provide a wide variety of tools and templates. 

Private Email Hosting is a premium service that lets you store your business emails on a private server rather than storing it on a free webmail service like Gmail or Yahoo. 

You also get some services absolutely free of cost along with the domain name such as customized email address ending with your domain name, Domain Forwarding, URL Masking, DNS Management, Domain Theft Protection, Bulk Tools, Easy-to-use Control Panel and most importantly 24/7 Customer Service.

Step 4 - Pay online and register the domain name for your website.

This is the final step. You need to enter your billing address and make the payment for the domain name and any add-ons that you have added to your cart. 

You can use a Credit Card, Debit Card, Net Banking or E-Wallets to make the payment online. 

The registration of your domain name is completed after making the payment. You become the owner of your domain name for the duration that you have paid for.

Please Note

  • You cannot build or start a website without a domain name and web hosting.
  • For a beginner, it is recommended to buy the domain name and web hosting from the same Domain Registrar and Web hosting company. You can also buy the domain name from one and web hosting from a different company. In that case, you need to change the Domain Name Server(DNS) of your domain and replace it with the DNS of your web host.
  • Many companies and providers offer free domain name registration if you buy web hosting service from them.
  • If you want to continue using your domain name after the registration expires then you will have to make sure that you pay and extend your registration. You might end up losing your domain name if you fail to do so. You can register your domain name for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 10 years.
  • You can also transfer your domain name to a different registrar if you are not satisfied with the deal or customer service of your current registrar. Many registrars also provide free 1-2 year extension of your domain with transfers.
  • You can also sell your domain name or put it up for auction. You can charge a hefty amount if your domain name is popular or if anybody is interested in buying. Insurance.com was sold for $35.6 million, VacationRentals.com for $35 million, Internet.com for $18 million, 360.com for $17 million, Sex.com for $13 million, etc.,

After you register a domain name for your website, the next thing is to select a web hosting plan.