Choosing a Domain Name

1. Introduction

When it comes to your domain name, the world is your oyster. There are hundreds of thousands of names you can pick from and an ever growing selection of extensions to choose from in order to become your new digital home address. However, just because it’s easy to buy one of these domain names doesn’t mean that you don’t have a big decision to make.

In fact, much like buying a home with the best address in town, your domain name is probably one of the biggest choices you have to make because picking the wrong domain name can be like buying the perfect house in the wrong zip code — bad investment choice.

But don’t get overly worried about this either. Choosing a domain name, though important, isn’t hard to do, but it does take some time and thought on your end. GoDaddy has long been an excellent provider and popular option, and Namecheap is the new kid on the block.

To get started, check to see if the domain name you want is available. If available, you can register the domain name for a period of time you specify during the checkout process.


2.  Reading

There are two readings covered here.  The first one is a PowerPoint that gives an overview of things to consider when choosing your domain name and business name, the second describes how to obtain and register your domain name.

This PowerPoint covers what to consider when choosing your domain name.

Domain Names BLU V3.0

This reading covers how to obtain and register your domain name.
Getting and Registering Your Domain Name BLU V6.0 O


3.  Video

How to Choose Domain Names

This video covers the concepts included in the main discussion PPT.


4.  Assignment

In this assignment, you take the following steps:

  1. Get your domain name (purchased at Google, GoDaddy, NameCheap or other provider). Point your domain name to our hosting.  This process for pointing your domain name is given in the step by step PDFs below. After you have pointed your domain name to our servers, you must wait 24 hours for the next step, which is to turn on the Custom Domain Name outlined in the next step here.
    Your 2nd Nameserver:
  2. Go into your web site and go to the Account page. Using the Custom Domain Name panel, enter your domain name.
    1. Do not enter "www" only enter "" where yourname is your actual Custom Domain Name.
    2. Do not try to change your sub domain name using the Custom Domain Name panel. This will cause a major problem with your site and it will be broken and you may likely have to start over.
  3. Create Gmail emails.  Depending on which Gmail approach you choose you will do the following:
    1. If you use basic Gmail, then create a Gmail account such as, where you replace "yourdomain" with your actual domain name.
    2. If you sign up for GSuite then create where you replace "firstname" with your actual first name, and replace "domain" with your actual domain name. Then create " using the same approach." Now you have a couple business emails that you can use on your website and other business correspondence and it will look professional.
    3. In each case, and if you do not have a .com be sure to adjust that extension to whatever you have.
  4. Mark the lesson assignment as complete.

Instructions for Pointing your Customer Domain Name Servers

Instructions for pointing GoDaddy domains to our AWS server.

GoDaddy Domain Name Pointing V1.0

Instructions for pointing Google domains to our AWS server.

Google Domain Name Pointing V2.0

Instructions for pointing Namecheap domains to our AWS server

Namecheap Domain Name Pointing V2.0

5.  Summary

In this lesson, you did the following

  • Selected a domain name
  • Purchased your domain name using GoDaddy, Namecheap, Google or other provider.
  • Registered your domain name
  • Set up your business emails