One of the most important decisions for any company — or any individual — wishing to do business via the Internet is to pick and register a domain name.
Your domain name will give your prospective Internet or email client their very first impression — for better or for worse.
Whether you intend to do business through the Internet or through a "brick and mortar" store, you need to select and register your domain name.
Why you might ask?
Where is the first place many people turn in order to find information? The Internet.
Even if you don’t use the Internet for a web site, you will have a much more professional email address if you have something like "email@example.com" instead of using free email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or whomever is your choice for a free or cheap email address.
So, how much is a domain name? It’s cheap.
I buy my domain names at GoDaddy. GoDaddy’s prices are amazingly low — usually $8.95 per year for .com. Their prices for .net, .org and .us are also extremely competitive.
As with most domain registrars, GoDaddy also offers web hosting services, although you don’t need to use their web hosting services in order to use their domain registration services.
In my case, all my web sites are hosted at HostGator.
Although most domain registrars will sell you an “email only” package with a limited number of email addresses, they may want a prohibitive $10 or $20 per month for the privilege of getting 10 email addresses. And, that’s in addition to the cost of the domain.
On the other hand, most web hosting companies also provide huge numbers of email addresses for your domain (HostGator let’s me have unlimited email addresses and email redirects) as a part of their regular hosting package.
With Powweb, I have an annual charge for my whole web hosting and email package — and it is only $93.24. That’s much, much better than paying $10 per month for email only!