The process of purchasing a domain requires that the user first figure out a domain name. The user must then find a registrar that sells the domain and make sure the chosen domain is a top-level domain.
After selecting a domain name, compare prices for domains through different registrars. DigitalTrends.com lists the most reputable registrars as NameCheap.com, Name.com and Gandi.net. It is not required for the customer to purchase a domain name from the same hosting company, since all domains work the same regardless of which registrar it is purchased from. Some registrars provide extra benefits or discounts, which you need to take into consideration when browsing for the perfect deal.
The term "top-level domain," or "TLD," is what defines the ending of a website, whether it be ".com," ".org" or any other available website extension. It is necessary to come up with the most fitting TLD before purchasing a domain. Regard the possibility of TDL restrictions for some options such as ".edu," which can only be used by an accredited post-secondary school, or domains ending with a specific demographic affiliation such as ".co.uk," which may be restricted to residents within the country in question. Original TLDs are available at a higher rate, but are usually associated with unreliable or hack websites. However, the advantage in considering an original web address extension is that there will be more naming options available for the user to choose from.