I recently bought my own (jhanzey.net) from Pangalan.com, and to my surprise, it isn’t really the hardest thing in the world. You basically just need to pay and copy-paste a couple of links, and you’re good to go. So, what did I really do? Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how I acquired my own domain, and hopefully, this would help you out on having your very own .net or .com soon!
- Choose a domain registration site. There are a lot of sites that offer domain registration and most of them have the same terms if you are only purchasing the domain alone. If you plan on buying a domain and a host, that is a completely different story, and this post might not be the one for you. Out of all the possible companies to sign up to, I chose Pangalan.com because of two reasons: (1) it being a Filipino owned company, and (2) it having a lower rate than GoDaddy (this is has been the go-to companies by most bloggers). I had my .net for only P300 and I had the pleasure of being assisted by pangalan.com’s team because, as mentioned, they are based here in the country and it’s easier to get a hold of them.
- Register your domain. Now that you’ve found the one, register your domain! It’s easy peasy, really, especially if your domain is original and personal. You can choose which one would you like to affix at the end — whether it be a .org, .com, .net, or even .ph. I’m not sure with regards to the difference of each one of them, but as far as I know, .com was originally meant for commercial use, .net was meant for network related organizations, while .org was supposedly for the usage of non-profit organizations. My site is not profitable, so I don’t think I belong with the .com category. But let’s see. He he. 🙂
- Choose your payment method. Most people think that the only way to pay their purchases online is via credit card, but don’t fret if you don’t have one, because there are other possible ways to pay. One of the options is through hooking up your account with PayPal account. Since I don’t have a credit card and my PayPal funds are running low, I decided to pay for my domain via DragonPay and only had to deposit through RCBC. DragonPay allows you to choose from banks and Bayad Centers at the mall to transact your payment. They are partners with various establishments, giving you a lot of options to choose from. One of the perks of registering at pangalan.com is their numerous payment methods that are easily available in our country. Since they’re based here, transactions are also easier to follow up (you can even call them via their mobile number).
- Link your domain to your host. Once you’re over and done with the money matters, and you have received a confirmation that your domain is finally registered, you may now link it up with your host/blog. Pangalan.com offers a step-by-step guide to most of the hosting sites that are widely used by many (wordpress, tumblr, blogger), so you won’t be lost through the process. Here’s the link to their blogger guide, just in case you need it: http://www.pangalan.com/faqs/setting-up-with-blogspot.pdf