Before you can start a website, WordPress or otherwise, you will need a domain. Perhaps you’re wondering why you need a domain name. A domain name allows other people around the world to access your website by an eas(ier) to use name. Think of a domain name kind of like an address you send mail to.

Organizations that sell domains are known as domain registrars. I use Namecheap myself and have found them to be quite reliable. Most domain registrars make it relatively easy to buy a domain.

You will need to renew your domain each year, so perhaps the word “buy a domain” isn’t very accurate. It is the word most people use, though.

Please find a domain you like and “buy” it. I will cover linking the domain to the hosting provider we go with in the next part of this series.