Purchasing a domain name (the www.xxxxxxxx.com that will represent your business) is one of the most important purchases a business can make. It's also one that is most often done incorrectly; a lot of times with the name actually ending up being owned by someone other than the business owner.
Here's some key points to consider regarding your domain name purchase:
- Your website designer does not have to purchase your domain name in order to make it work for your new website.
- If you allow someone to purchase your website for you and they purchase it in their account, the name is legally THEIRS and not YOURS. This even includes if they use your credit card to make the purchase.
- If someone other than you owns your domain name, they do not have to ever allow you to use it.
- If someone other than you owns your domain name, they can charge you several hundred (or even thousands) of dollars to sell it back to you.
- If someone other than you owns your domain name, they can point your name anywhere they want it to go. Should you have a falling out with your web designer, do you really want him to be able to bring down your business' reputation by pointing your established business name website to another location that could ruin your reputation?
- Purchasing your own domain name is simple, and takes 5 minutes or less.
At Akin IT Services, we will gladly purchase your domain name for you, but we'd rather you purchase it for yourself to ensure that you own it as you should. We are an affiliate partner with GoDaddy - the industry leader in domain registration. Above you can check to see if your new domain name is available, and purchase it right from there so that you own it outright.
Once you've purchased this domain, contact your Akin IT Services representative and we'll get it pointed to your brand new website for you.