What is a personal domain?
Personal domains get you online without the hassle involved with setting up a website. How? By letting you easily point your domain to an existing page, from your LinkedIn profile to your YouTube channel or any other site or web page you already have online.
To get started, find the perfect domain name, often your own name or a catchy phrase you like. Once you register a personal domain name, give us the web address where you want people to go — that might be a personal or business profile on social media, or even just a direct link to downloadable files like a resume or portfolio — and we’ll do all the technical work to point your domain to that address.
So instead of a lengthy web address on some other website, people looking for you online can get there by entering your personal domain. And once you get the hang of the basics, your personal domain is perfect for online essentials like professional email — or even use it with a website builder.
Why choose GoDaddy?
Is a personal domain the same thing as a website?Not exactly. A personal domain is a web address that allows you to take control of your online identity by directing visitors to any site. Register a personal domain, and then forward it to any website, blog or other pages you control, like your Facebook or LinkedIn profiles. There’s no limit to how many personal domains you can have.
How do I choose a personal domain?
To start, keep in mind that registering a personal domain is the same as any other top-level domain. Your registration will eventually come up for renewal, so choose a term you can afford without risking expiration. Here are a few other ideas and tips to help you register a personal domain:
- Keep it short — A short domain has better chance of sticking in somebody’s mind once they hear it. Which leads us to the next tip…
- Make it memorable — Using your own name or a catchy phrase helps people match a personal domain to you.
- Have a plan — Once you secure your personal domain, don’t just let it sit there. Get online and make your ideas real.
Why should I connect my domain to any of these websites?Pointing your personal domain to your Facebook or LinkedIn pages is a great way to set up an instant online presence, without having to build your own website. You’ll always control what your visitors see when they go there. A personal domain is a great choice for businesses as well. It allows you to control every aspect of your brand — even the address you give to your customers.
Can I use my domain for email and still point it to Facebook or another site?Yes. Your email is connected to your domain, not to the site it’s pointing to. Once you set up an email address on your personal domain, you can change where your domain is pointing, and your email will stay the same.
Can I point my domain to my Facebook page only until I build my website?You can point your domain to your Facebook page for as long as you like. But once you build your own website, it will need its own domain. You can either stop using this personal domain for Facebook and forward it to your new website or choose a new domain for your website.