What is a domain name?
A domain name is a unique address that represents an Internet location. The domain name is located after the www. in an address bar, like www.coolexample.com, or after an @ symbol in an email address, like email@example.com.
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More important, a domain name is how visitors find your website or email address. To find the perfect domain name for your website, you'll need to do a domain name search on our website.
If you search for a domain that's already registered, our domain search presents other alternatives to make sure you find domain names that fit you.
If you have a local business, you can use our GeoDomainMap lookup tool to search domain listings that combine your geographical location with your business keyword (e.g. SanFranciscoCreativeWriters.com).
For more information, see Building Your Niche Online.
Why should I register domain names in bulk?
Before you can establish an online presence, it's important to search domains that represent your online goals. Once you locate a few, there are many benefits that come from bulk domain registration. Not only can you save money when you buy domains in bulk, but you can also increase your marketing options and site traffic.
Many online visitors misspell domains when they're typing them into their browsers. This is why it's important to do a domain name search for domains that are spelled both correctly and incorrectly. By registering misspellings of your domain, you can direct more visitors to your actual website.
With multiple names registered, you can further promote and protect the products and services your business offers. In some cases, competitors and unsavory parties register domains that include your product or company name, to draw your customers away from you. You can prevent this from happening. Use our bulk registration tool to search domains today!
For more information, see Registering Domain Names.
Where do I manage my new domain name?
GoDaddy's easy to use domain management system – known as the Domain Manager – lets you manage, update, and check domain settings and features. From the Domain Manager, you can configure your DNS settings for hosting and email purposes. If you don't have a website yet, you can use our forwarding feature to point your domain hosting to another URL like a blog or social networking page.
If you register domain names in bulk, you can manage and organize their settings with ease. Using the Domain Manager, you can search domains quickly and update multiple registrations at once!
For more information, see Organizing Your Domain Names in Folders.
What do I do after I register a domain?
There are a number of things you can do after you buy domain names. Most people use domain names to build their online presence and point to their website.
Or, if you buy domains that have potential value in the domain market or for your business' brand, you can just hold on to your registration. If you don't have a website, that's OK. Just make sure you continually renew it so you don't lose it.
If you register domain names then decide not to use them, think about selling them. Depending on the name, domain names can be great investments and may generate a great deal of money. Many companies continuously conduct domain name searches to find the perfect one for their business.
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For more information, see What do I do with my domain once it's been registered?
I just bought a new domain name. Where is my website?
If you don't create a website before you register a domain name, you can use our free one-page website product called InstantPage® to create an online presence in just a few minutes!
If you choose to use a different website product to build your site, that's OK too! Once the website is ready, you'll need to use the Domain Manager to indicate where the domain name should point to.
For more information, see Managing DNS for Your Domain Names.