One of the first struggles new bloggers have is often deciding on the perfect domain name. Sometimes the domain name is the same as your blog name or even your actual name. Here’s a list of things you can include in your domain name:
- Your Blog Name
- Your Actual Name
- Your Nickname
- Your Blog Topic (i.e. money, fitness, beauty)
- Business Location (i.e. US, Chicago, Capital Region)
- Audience Type (i.e. accountants, creatives, doulas)
- Interest Group (i.e. dentistry, NBA, ministry)
If you want, you can even combine two or three of these together to create your domain name. Just remember to keep it short and catchy so that it’s easy to remember.
Once you’re ready to search for your Domain name, you can go to HelloAmbi.com. Scroll to the center of the homepage and look for “Get Started! GET YOUR DOMAIN NAME BELOW” Type your desired domain name into the search bar and click the “FIND YOUR DOMAIN NAME” button. This is what it looks like:
You’ll be prompted to verify you are not a robot. (This is one of the security measures we use to keep our site free from hackers) Click the box next to “I’m not a robot” and once you see the checkmark you can proceed. Click the “Search” button.
Note: If you are purchasing hosting as well as a new domain name, you can skip to STEP 4 where you can then register your new and hosting simultaneously. Purchasing them together is best to have them automatically configured and connected.
If your domain is available, click “Add to Cart” and then click “Checkout”. Skip to Domain Configuration.
What to do if your domain is not available
Have you searched for your blog name in a domain registry only to find it’s in use or simply unavailable? There are over 600 million blogs in the world today and over 1.7 billion websites. With those numbers, you can imagine it would be challenging to secure the name you may want for your domain. Here are a few tips for coming up with your domain name. (Read: How to Choose a Domain Name)
If your domain name is available and once you have completed your search successfully you will be prompted to configure your domain with a series of other products. These are upgrades that will allow you to have access to more features. Without them, you actually won’t be able to do much with the name beyond acquiring it. These three features are offered free with the purchase of a domain from Hello Ambi Designs & Hosting. Check all three boxes to access these features for your domain.
DNS Management – allows you to forward your domain to an existing site.
ID Protection – Cloaking of your personal information to reduce hackers and scammers from spamming your inbox or committing fraud.
Email Forwarding – Want a professional-looking email address like firstname.lastname@example.org? Get emails forwarded to alternate email addresses of your choice so that you can monitor all from a single account.
Most beginner bloggers won’t need to change these. So move on to the next step by clicking the “Continue” button.
Review your order and click the big green button that says checkout! You’ll be prompted to enter your personal information and credit card to complete the purchase.