A domain name is what people type in when they want to visit your website. It is one part name and one part generic top-level domain (gTLD) or country code top-level domain (ccTLD).
Registering your name with a gTLD or a ccTLD may depend on your market. To learn more, read: List of Internet top-level domains.
Create domain names up to 63 characters. Have several options ready in case your first choice in unavailable. Registering your domain name should be done through an accredited registrar. Visit the Accredited Registrar Directory to find out if your domain name registrar, such as Go Daddy, is accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
A web host is an organization you pay (usually monthly), to host your website content. It is common for organizations to offer domain name registration and web hosting as a bundled package. However, you can use a different organization for each.
Registering with a web host can feel overwhelming. Confirm that the web host offers features you need now, and ones that allow you to grow. A good way to confirm if a web hosting organization is legitimate is to look them up in the WHOIS directory and read online reviews.
Pointing Your Domain Name to Your Web Host
Your domain name will need to be pointed to your web host if you opt to have a different organization for each, to ensure that when people type in your domain name they are directed to your website (Web host).
This process involves entering your web host server information into your domain name registrar's settings. Your domain name registrar will be able to provide you with additional assistance if required.
Using Your Domain Name
When you have a registered domain name and web host, you are ready to add a vanity URL to your dashboard.