How to register a domain

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Register a domain on Google

Google Domains is a service that allows you to register a domain for a fee, starting from 12 euros / year. Although it is also available in the city, at the time of writing this guide it is not possible to register domains with .com extension.

To buy a domain on Google, connect to the main page of Google Domains and, if you have not already done so, log in with your account by clicking on the button Log in top right. On the newly opened page, select yours account, enter the passkey in the field Enter your password and click sul pulsating NEXT. If you don't have a Google account, I'll leave you to my in-depth guide.



Now, click on the entry Find a new domain present in the sidebar on the left or presses the button Find the perfect domain, insertion il domain of your interest in the appropriate field and click on the icon magnifying glass to check availability. If the domain entered is available, click on its icon cart, otherwise repeat the search or choose one of the relevant domains shown on the screen.

On the screen Registration, choose whether to disable automatic renewal by moving the lever next to the item Automatic renewal activated da ON a OFF and choose whether to register the domain anonymously by making sure that the toggle next to the option Privacy protection activated both ON. Press the button Payment, inseerisci i tuoi dati nei campi Your name, With, Postal code, City, Province, Telephone and click on the button Save e Continue.



On the screen Purchase control, enter the missing billing information and press the button Continue, then enter your credit or debit card details in the fields Card number, MM / YY (with expiration date), CVV e Cardholder's Name e pulsing sul pulsating Buy Now to complete your domain registration.

To view domains purchased on Google Domains with your Google account, click the ≡ button at the top left and select the option My domains.

Register a domain for free

If you are wondering if it is possible register a domain for free, the answer is yes. In fact, there are services that allow you to obtain both second-level domains (e.g. www.nomesito.extension) and third-level domains (e.g. www.nomesito.dominiohostingratuito.extension) at no cost, albeit with some limitations, of which you I will talk in the next paragraphs.

If your goal is to register a second level domain to redirect visitors to your main website and you have no interest in the type of extension associated with it, you can consider I freenode, a service that offers domains with the extension .tk, .ml, .ga, .cf e .gq free for 12 months with the possibility of renewal.

To register a second level domain with Freenom, connected to the website of the service, enter the domain you want to register in the field Find a free domino and check its availability by pressing the button Check availability. In the newly opened page, if the chosen domain is available for free, click on the button Checkout, otherwise press the button Select related to one of the free domains available visible in the table below and choose the option Checkout to proceed with registration.



Now, via the drop down menu Period, select the domain registration period (1 to 12 months is free) and click the button Forward this domain to set up a redirect to another website by entering its URL in the field Forward this domain to. Alternatively, press the button Use DNS to set up a redirect via DNS.

Pigia, quindi, sul pulsating Continue to access the order summary, enter your email address in the field Enter your email address and click on the button Verify my email address to receive an email at the address indicated, containing an activation link. Then click on the link in question to verify your identity and continue with the registration.

In the new open page, enter the required data in the required fields First name (your name), Last name (your surname), Address (your address), City (your city of residence) e Password, place a check mark next to the option I have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions e pulsing sul pulsating Complete order to complete the registration of your free domain. To learn more, you can read my guide dedicated to free domains.

If, on the other hand, your intention is to register a free third level domain and also get free hosting, you will be happy to know that there are numerous solutions available to you. Among the most used services there is Altervista, which allows you to create a website with WordPress without spending a dime.


To register your domain (with extension . Org) and get free hosting with storage space and unlimited traffic, connected to the Altervista website, press the buttons Create site e Continue and insertion il domain name in the appropriate field. Then enter your personal data in the fields Your name, Last name, Gender, Year of birth ed Email, put the check marks required to continue with the registration and press the button Continue.


Finally, access your inbox, locate the email sent by Altervista and click on link contained in it to access your website. To learn more, you can take a look at my guide on how to create websites for free.

Register a domain on Aruba

If the idea of ​​registering a free domain does not excite you and you are willing to rely on a paid service, you can choose to register a domain on Aruba. In fact, the famous your language company allows you to purchase both a domain and a complete hosting package for the creation of your website.

Aruba hosting packages are among the most complete and can be based on either Linux that of Windows. Those based on Linux they offer support for numerous free software and CMS, such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Prestashop and Magento. Those based on Windowsinstead, they have support for programming languages ​​such as .ASP and .NET and support solutions such as BlogEngine.NET, SUBTEXT, yaf and mojoPortal.

In addition to this, Aruba's Linux and Windows hosting solutions include a domain, unlimited space and traffic, web space backup, mailboxes with IMAP and antivirus / antispam, free 24/7 support and DV SSL certificate. The packages available are many, suitable for all needs and budgets: here they are listed in detail.

  • Basic - includes disk space and unlimited traffic, a domain, 5 1GB mailboxes, the SSL DV certificate and free 24/7 assistance for 11,99 euros + VAT / year.
  • Easy - includes all the features of the Basic package plus unlimited 5GB mailboxes, 10 5GB GigaMail mailboxes, 5 databases (Linux) or 1 database (Windows) for a total of 1GB, backups and Web marketing statistics for € 19,99 + VAT / year.
  • Advanced - includes all the features of the Easy package, plus 20 5GB GigaMail mailboxes and 5 1GB PEC mailboxes on domain for 29,99 euros + VAT / year.
  • Professional - includes all the features of the Advanced package, plus 30 5GB GigaMail accounts and 10 PEC accounts on a 1GB domain for 150 euros + VAT / year.

For more information on Aruba's Linux and Windows hosting solutions, visit the company's official website.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for more advanced solutions, you can consider the Aruba Cloud Hosting: an intermediate service between VPS hosting e Shared web hosting which allows you to manage multiple domains having the ability to freely allocate the resources available to them and monitor their performance on an hourly basis.

Aruba's Cloud Hosting solutions can also be based on Linux o Windows. In addition, they may include, depending on user preferences, panels Plesk o cPanel. They also include a domain, unlimited sites (in the multi-domain version), space on SSD and unlimited traffic, 1-8GB of RAM, unlimited 1GB databases on SSD, support for over 400 free applications (WordPress, Joomla, WooCommerce, Prestashop, Drupal , Magento etc.) and the DV SSL certificate.

La single-domain variant of Aruba Cloud Hosting offers, for 45 euros + VAT / year, a domain, a website, unlimited web space on SSD, 10 mailboxes of 2GB (1GB Inbox + 1GB Web storage), 1GB of RAM and unlimited database on SSD (up to 1GB) .

La multidomain variant of Aruba Cloud Hosting, on the other hand, has prices starting from 174 euros + VAT / year and includes: a domain, unlimited websites, unlimited web space on SSD, 10 2GB mailboxes for each domain (1GB Inbox + 1GB Web storage), from 2 to 8GB of RAM (user choice) and unlimited SSD database (up to 1GB). If you want to know more, I invite you to read my tutorial dedicated to Aruba Cloud Hosting and to visit the Aruba website.

To register a domain on Aruba, connected to the official website of the company, enter the name of the domain of your interest in the field your domain, select the extension from the drop-down menu in which the option appears . It and click on the button Search to check availability.

If the indicated domain is available, it will appear in a green box and the writing will be visible Available for purchase. If not, you'll see the option This domain is already registered with the ability to select one of the proposed domains based on your search. Made your choice, scroll down the page and press the button Continue.

In the newly opened page, if your intention is to register the domain only, locate the section Domain registration and put the check mark next to one of the available options (Domain with DNS + Email ManagementDomain with Redirect + EmailDomain with DNS Management e Domain with Redirect) depending on your needs. If, on the other hand, you want to create your website, choose the hosting service of your interest by placing the check mark next to one of the options in the sections Domain and Hosting package e WordPress hosting. In the latter case, you may find my Aruba WordPress hosting guide helpful.

Fatta la tua scelta, pigia sul pulsating Continue twice consecutively and, on the screen Login, enter your account login details in the fields Login e Password if you are already an Aruba customer, otherwise indicate the owner of the domain (Physical person, Freelancer, Company / Sole proprietorship etc.) and presses the button SUBSCRIBE to register with your personal data.

In the Owner data, put the check mark next to yours name to declare that you are the owner of the domain, check that the data shown in the box Owner data are correct, fill in any missing data and click the button Continue. Then enter i billing information, choose the payment method by placing the check mark next to one of the options available between Credit card, PayPal, Bank transfer e Bulletin, put the check marks required to accept the contractual conditions and press the button again Follow.

If you have chosen to pay by credit card or PayPal, press the button Pay by credit card o Pay with PayPal, enter your payment details and that's it. If, on the other hand, you prefer to pay by bank transfer or bulletin, you will receive the payment details by email, to the address associated with your Aruba account.

Register a domain on GoDaddy

GoDaddy is another valid solution to consider when registering a domain. In addition, it also allows you to purchase both a hosting package for the creation of your website relying on famous CMS, such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, which one of the packages Website builder which allows less experienced users to build and customize their own website in complete autonomy.

To register a domain with GoDaddy, connected to the company's website, click on the button Find the domain name that's right for you, enter the domain of your interest in the field Type here what you are looking for and press pulsating Search. In the new open page, if you have not previously specified any extension (eg. . It, .com, . Org, . Info etc.), the availability of the chosen domain with extension will be shown in the foreground .com, while at the bottom of the page you can see all the available extensions and a useful box to set the search filters (Length in characters, Price, Country / Location etc.).

After checking the availability of the domain indicated above, choosing the extension you are interested in and taking note of the prices, click on the button Add to Cart related to the domain and extension of your interest and press the button Go to cart present at the top right to proceed with its registration.

In the new page opened, if you wish, choose the services to be associated with your domain. First, select the privacy protection level you prefer among Basic level of privacy protection (free), Complete personal privacy protection (13,41 euros / year) e Ultimate domain protection and security (20,73 euros / year).

In the box Create your website for FREE, leave the check mark if you intend to try the service for free for 1 month Website Builder which, as mentioned above, allows you to easily create your own website. At the end of the promotional period, you can choose whether to continue using the service by choosing the package that best suits your needs.

  • Personal (€ 7,31 / month or € 87,69 / year): allows you to create your own responsive site (adaptable to mobile devices) with a guaranteed uptime of 99,99%, dedicated assistance and SSL certificate included;
  • Business (12,19 euros / month or 146,25 euros / year): in addition to the advantages of the Personal plan, it allows integration with PayPal and a system to improve the visibility of the site on search engines;
  • Business Plus (€ 18,29 / month or € 219,45 / year): in addition to the advantages of the Business plan, it also allows integration with social networks and the possibility of expanding its customers with an email marketing system that allows you to send up to 50.000 emails per month to a maximum of 5.000 registered users.

If, on the other hand, you are planning to buy a Linux Hosting package (in this case the domain is free) which allows you to easily install a CMS (eg. WordPress, Drupal, Joomla etc.) and which includes the panel cPanelclick sulla voce No thanks present in the box Linux Web Hosting and choose one of the available options.

  • Economy (4,26 euros / month)- Create a website with 100GB of disk space, unlimited bandwidth, one email address included and 10 MySQL databases of 1GB each;
  • Deluxe (9,14 euros / month)- Create unlimited websites with unlimited disk space and bandwidth. Includes an email address and 25 1GB MySQL databases;
  • Ultimate (€ 14,63 / month): includes all the features of the Deluxe package plus unlimited MySQL databases, the Premium DNS service and the free SSL certificate.

Finally, in the box Create an email address that matches your domain, choose whether to create a custom email address for your domain by choosing one of the available options: Email Essentials (2,49 euros / month) with 5 GB of email storage space and synchronization of email, calendar and contacts on all devices; Email More (4,89 euros / month) with 50 GB of email storage space and synchronization of email, calendar and contacts on all devices; Online essentials (€ 7,29 / month) with 50 GB of email storage, 1 TB of secure file storage, the ability to share files and unlimited HD video conferencing and Business Premium (€ 9,79 / month) which also includes Office 365 with installation on 5 computers, 5 iPads or Windows tablets and the ability to access via smartphone using the Office Mobile app.

Once you have chosen the services of your interest, click on the button Go to cart and, in the new screen displayed, specify for how many years to purchase the selected domain (minimum 1 year, maximum 10 years) and check the summary of your order.

Now, if you are already a GoDaddy customer, click on the button Log in, enter your account details in the fields Username or customer code e Password and click on the button Log in. If you don't have an account yet, choose the option Create account, fill out the registration form by entering the required data in the fields Email, Username e Password (at least 9 characters including a number, an uppercase and a lowercase letter), select one of the available options from Accept o Reject to receive or not personalized offers and information on GoDaddy services and products by email and click on the button Create account.

In the Billing Information, enter your billing information in the fields Your name, Last name, Phone Number, Address, POSTAL CODE, Province, City, Company e VAT number o Tax code (the latter two are not mandatory data) and press the button Save, then choose the payment method you prefer from À la Carte (are accepted Visa, MasterCard e American Express), PayPal e UnionPay.

Now, if you have chosen to pay with your payment card, enter the details in the fields Card number, End Date e Security code and press pulsating Save, otherwise press the button Authorize PayPal, enter your account details in the fields Email address e Password and click sui pulsnti Log in e Accetta and continue. If, on the other hand, you have chosen to pay with UnionPay, at the time of completing the purchase you will be redirected to the website of the payment service.

Finally, if you have a discount code, choose the option You have a promotional code?, enter the code in question in the appropriate field and press the button Apply. Clicca, quindi, sul pulsating Complete the purchase to buy the chosen domain and that's it.

Keep in mind that all the prices I indicated in the previous paragraphs are not fixed and are subject to changes and promotions. Therefore, I recommend that you always check the price of the chosen service on the official GoDaddy website.

Register an anonymous domain

If your intention is to open a website without showing your personal data, you can consider the possibility of register an anonymous domain. All you have to do when registering a domain is to make sure the service is available WHOIS privacy o ID protection and request its activation

These services, which sometimes have an additional cost, allow you to "mask" the data entered when registering the domain, hiding them from those who would like to have more information on the owner of the same. However, it is necessary to make a necessary premise: anonymity is not available on all domain extensions (for example for domains with .com extension, the name and surname of the holder remain visible) and the providers are required to provide the data of the registrant should these be requested by the authorities.

Having said that, to register an anonymous domain, connect to the site of the company on which you intend to register your domain, check the availability of the latter and proceed with the purchase. When ordering, identify the option for privacy protection, make sure it is activated and complete your order.

To understand better, let's take a practical example. If your intention is to register a domain on Google, connect to the Google Domains website, log in with your Google account and check the availability of the domain of your interest, as I described to you in the chapter on how to register a domain on Google of this guide. After adding the domain to be registered to your cart, click on the cart at the top right and make sure the toggle next to the option Privacy protection activated is set to ON. By doing so, your contact information will be hidden at no additional cost.

Register a .com domain

Do you want register a .com domain? in this case, you must know the purchase procedure for a domain is identical regardless of the extension of your interest. This means that, once you have chosen the service to register your domain, all you need to do to request the .com extension is to select it in the appropriate section.

For example, if you want to register a .com domain at Aruba, on the main page of the your language company's website, enter the domain name in the field your domain e seleziona l'opzione .com via the drop-down menu in which the item appears . It. Then follow the instructions I gave you in the paragraphs on how to register a domain on Aruba of this tutorial to complete the registration.

If, on the other hand, you want to know other popular companies that allow you to buy a web domain with the extension .com, you can consider Register, Siteground, VHosting Solution, Ehiweb and GoDaddy. In this regard, my guides on how to verify a domain and how to choose a hosting for your website may be useful to you.

Article made in collaboration with Aruba and GoDaddy.

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