Note: You have a choice between registering your domain name for $5.99 through GoDaddy with this video or registering your domain name through InMotion Hosting for free for the first year. Long term, GoDaddy is likely the better offer, however, if you are just “trying things out” and need it as cheaply as possible, skip to the video where I show you how to Save 30% Plus a Register a Free Domain Name at InMotion Hosting.
In this video you will learn how to:
- Get up to 5 domains for $5.99 each.
- Use GoDaddy to test for domain name availability.
- Tell if a domain name is available.
- Ensure you get the $5.99 rate by switching to the one year term.
- Register for a free GoDaddy account that will be used for domain purchases.
- Use the final page of the ordering process to complete your domain purchase.
Domain Privacy – Do I Need It?
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) requires domain registrars to make your contact information available. This information is used for legitimate purposes such as verifying domain ownership, transfer requests, business legitimacy research, and for the ability for anyone to find your contact information to get in contact with you. Additionally, law enforcement may use this information when investigating illegal activity or for businesses and individuals to use to contact domain holders that are violating copyright laws.
The downside is this information can be used for illegitimate uses such as spammers, hackers, identity thieves, and stalkers. An example of this usage is domain renewal services that send automated letters to you requesting renewal fees which will actually transfer your domain away from GoDaddy and into another provider which is not in your best interest and often charges $35+.
Scott’s Advice: Unless you plan to operate a website that is sensitive in nature such as sites X rated in nature, sites that talk about an embarrassing medical problems, or something else you’d like to hide your identity from, I’d recommend not using domain whois privacy. The pros of keeping this information public far outweigh the cons from using such a service. The added benefit is lower costs for your domains through the many years you own your website(s).
Additional GoDaddy Information and Advice
Need assistance with buying your first domain name? I put together a GoDaddy domain buying guide that might be of interest. The guide provides tips, tricks, and domain buying advice that you’ll likely want to consider.
Want a free domain? Check out the next video where I show you how to purchase web hosting with a 30% discount and free domain through InMotion Hosting. This is a free domain for the first year but then it costs $11.95 for every year after that. The choice is yours but if you choose to register through GoDaddy, use the button below to get the $5.99 discount.
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