Registering your restaurant’s, bar’s, coffee house’s, etc. unique domain name is very simple, and takes approximately 3 minutes at most.
Our preferred domain registrar company is Name.com, we’ve had great experience with them throughout the years, they have a great administration panel, they are cheap, and there aren’t any pricing surprises as with many other registrars.
Oh, and a word of caution if you choose to get your domain at a different registrar, beware of the “$1 for the first year” domain offers. The price for the second year just might go up to $40.
This guide will walk you through how to register your establishment’s domain name at Name.com, but it will most likely be similar with other registrars as well.
Step 1. – Enter your preferred domain name
The domain you register is up to you, but for restaurants, bars, pubs, etc., it is usually the establishments’ name, followed by “.com”.
Step 2. – Choose your domain name
If the .com version of the domain is not available, you might want to append your establishment’s name with a generic word, for example “restaurant”, since .com domains are preferred over other extensions.
If you want to stick to your exact name, but the .com version is not available, go for the .org. If that’s not available, check the .net version.
Step 3. – Account creation
You need to create an account prior to purchase, where you’ll be able to do specific tasks with your new domain (redirects, edit nameservers, etc.). Click ”Create an Account”.
Step 3.1 – Fill in your desired username and password, as well as the captcha.
Step 3.2 – Fill in your contact details.
Step 4. – Complete your purchase
Choose your preferred purchase method:
- Simply pay online with your card as you normally would.
- Pay with your PayPal account (learn more about PayPal).
And that’s all there is to it, you now own the domain. Now go ahead and visit name.com to register your domain.
Domains are purchased for 1 year at a time by default, and you can renew it year by year afterwards.
You can, of course, choose to reserve it for several years on the last step of the domain purchase process. This is useful if you don’t want to deal with having to renew it every year.
Once your purchase is complete, you’ll need to go into your account at Name.com and specify the name server addresses (DNS), which basically directs your domain name to the server your website will be hosted on.
Here is a tutorial on changing your DNS name server in your Name.com account. If we will be hosting your website, please go into your account profile to check our DNS name servers.