A domain name (like "spinweb.net") is your PO Box on the internet. It's like a physical address for your office. Your address is where mail is sent and where people drive if they want to visit your office. But who am I kidding, do people still drive to offices and send paper mail anymore?
Here's a quick tip for those who have never registered a domain name for your business or nonprofit. This is also helpful for anyone who needs to purchase additional domains (rebranding, starting a side project, ruling the world, etc.). It may seem like a technical feat of wizardry, but it's actually very simple and anyone can manage it.
1. Pick a registrar.
Domain registrars include Network Solutions and Register.com. Our preferred registrar is GoDaddy, simply because it's familiar and fairly reliable.
2. Search for your domain name.
Most likely you've given this step due consideration well before you get to the point of purchasing or registering the domain. Make sure you domain name is still available and someone else hasn't picked it up while you were deliberating. Ideally, your domain name will be www.yourcompany.com. Additionally or alternatively, you can scoop up common extensions like .tv, .net, .biz.