Usually, the first thing your potential customer will do when searching out your product or service is to conduct a web search, and if your website is relatively easy to find and navigate, you’ll greatly increase your chances of a sale.
It’s really important that you have ownership of your domain as it’s your identity online. If you decide to change web hosting services, relocate to a different country, or shift to using your own in-house server, your domain name stays with you, allowing you to continue to build your brand without having to start all over.
This is why I ask my clients to purchase and keep ownership of their domain themselves.
Once you have your business name set in stone, the first thing you should do is register your domain.
I have two recommendations for domain providers below:
I recommend Google Domains + G Suite if you need to get a domain as well as a unique email address (ie firstname.lastname@example.org)
Google Domains and G Suite are the perfect partners, it’s really easy to use one account for everything and it’s all housed under one roof so you don’t have to worry about what you have where, at a really competitive price.
Google Domains also makes it easy to connect to other Google services, like G-suite, Google Search Console, Google reCaptcha, Google Analytics and more.
You can access Google Domains by using the same Google account you use for other services.
Google Domains Features
- Register new domains.
- Transfer in existing domains from other registrars.
- Free privacy protection included with your purchase.
- Google-powered DNS.
- Simple management dashboard that matches other Google services.
- Part of your existing Google account, no separate login. Also allows for two-factor authentication.
- Email forwarding (up to 100 aliases).
- Domain and subdomain forwarding.
- Built-in integrations/verification with other Google services.
Unlike a lot of other popular domain registrars, Google Domains does not offer any type of hosting. That means you’ll need to purchase hosting separately and you can then use the Google Domains interface to point your domain to your hosting service.
Hosting is something I can provide, ask me about this when we set up your website.
Does Google Domains Work for Email?
Yes! Google Domains allows you to create your own custom email address.
There are two ways to use emails with Google Domains:
- Built-in email forwarding: Free, create up to 100 email aliases and forward them to your existing accounts. You can send emails from these aliases using Gmail or any other email client.
- Email hosting with G Suite (recommended): – From £4.14 per month – you can easily integrate with Google G Suite for hosted email, 30 GB of storage, and more.
If you opt for Google Domains + G Suite, you will also have instant access to:
- Google reCaptcha
- Google Analytics
- G Suite Email
If you decide to get a domain through Google Domains you will pay an annual fee for the ownership of that domain.
If you also sign up for G Suite, you’ll be charged a monthly fee depending on what tier you select.
If you just need a domain and don’t need the additional features that Google offers, Hover is the one to go for.
Their customer service is excellent and their simple interface makes it easy to search for a domain, purchase and hook up your hosting provider.
Hover do offer email boxes (small & big) but you’ll probably want to run them through something like Microsoft Outlook or Mac Mail.
If you decide to get a domain through Hover you will pay an annual fee for the ownership of that domain.