I thought i would do a little series of blog posts on blogger tips, such as buying a domain name and choosing a blog name. The first one up is buying a domain name.
I have been writing daintydollymix.com for just over 5 years now (how time flies when youre having fun!) for the first year or so i kept with http://www.daintydollymix.blogspot.com, it didnt take me long however to decide that i wanted my own domain name and that i wanted to buy my own .com and after a year of non stop blogging i went ahead and purchased myself one.
It sounds like such a scary thought getting yourself out there on the big world wide web but honestly buying your own domain name is such a simple process. Of course you need to decide on your blog name first, that's going to come in another blog post. But for me, it was simple, i already had my blog name that i had been using for a year and i didn't want to go back on that. I was committed and didn't want to change it, i wanted to stick with that for my domain! There are millions of websites on the internet these days, so you need to have something original and unique that doesn't already have a URL which can be tricky business.
What i didn't know about buying my own domain name was just how inexpensive it was, you sign up for a year (with some companies a minimum of two years) for around £10 a year, which i thought was incredible and swayed my decision to buy my own domain further.
There are many websites in the UK and worldwide that you can now purchase a domain through. For me, i went straight through blogger and purchased mine through there as i thought it was the simple and easy option, however in hindsight there are many other websites that offer this service and i would have probably shopped around a little more, so to speak, if i was purchasing another domain.
I came across the 34SP Website that offers many domain types such as .co.uk or com for as little as £10 per year for a minimum of two years. The website is easy to navigate which is also a bonus and right at the top there is a search bar for you to type a key word into and all the available domains and the prices will come up. Already have a domain? No problem, you can transfer yours over to 34SP for free and best of all they are based in the UK with 98% of customers recommending their services. They have also been named one of the Top 50 Most Reliable Web Hosts which is definitely something to consider when purchasing your own domain.
One of the best things i ever did regarding my blog was purchasing my own domain name, i guarantee you wont regret it!