If you’re new to owning a website or domain we’ve put together a brief introduction for you.
You must register a domain to control a piece of digital real estate. You must also renew that domain every year to retain control of the domain. In a way, you never really own the domain but can retain the rights to the domain as long as it is registered in your name.
If the domain you want is already registered it may be possible to buy the domain from the owner. We don’t publish details on how to do this but it’s not too difficult to figure it out with a simple online search. We can help BTC projects that want to try and acquire a domain name if they contact us.
The most popular domain extension is “.com”. These extensions (.com, .org, etc) are called a Top Level Domains (TLD) and there are over 1,000 different TLD’s. If the domain name you want is taken in .com/.org/etc then it may be worth considering a different TLD. To find the cheapest prices for a specific domain extension go to TLD List and search for your TLD.
If you’re registering a domain name you need to go to a registrar, enter your personal details, and buy the domain. The most popular registrar is GoDaddy; however, we recommend a registrar that includes free WHOIS privacy. WHOIS is the governing body for internet domains and makes your personal information public unless you have a privacy service enabled.
Satoshi’s Domains mostly uses Namesilo and Porkbun because they have low prices, free privacy, and great customer service. Both of these registrars also accept BTC as payment. Dynadot is also a great choice but does not accept BTC.
We do not recommend using Network Solutions because they are very difficult to deal with, and in our experience have charged excessive rates and made unapproved charges that are hard to get reversed. Epik is popular among many domainers but there are some unverified doubts about the solvency and practices of the company.
If you’re buying a domain from us, the easiest and quickest way for us to transfer the domain is for you to get an account at the same registrar the domain is held at. Once payment is settled we can “push” the domain to you within a matter of minutes.
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