The domain name is what a user types into their web browser to navigate to your website. For example, our domain name is ZenSmallBiz.com. Once you purchase a domain and design a website, you point the domain to the web host so that users will see your website when they type your domain in their browser.
If that sounds confusing to you, you are not alone! That is where working with a web developer comes in handy. When you work with a developer, you get the website you want, and you do not have to worry about the hassle of pointing your domain to the host.
Purchasing a Domain Name
When you purchase a domain name, you want to select a domain name from a reputable registrar such as GoDaddy, NameCheap, or Network Solutions. There are many others, just be sure to do your research.
Once you settled on a domain registration company, then it is time to select which domain name you want. Pick a domain name that is memorable. Memorable domain names are easy for users to find.
Building a Website
Building a website happens independently of the domain purchasing. You do not need a domain name to build a website, just a hosting environment to stage your site. Once you are satisfied with your website, then you publish the new design and point the domain to the location it is hosted