Domain name registration is one of the reasons why most people apply for a UBA Africard.
Almost every week we receive emails from many UBA Africard holders who wish to know how to register a domain name with their UBA Africard…even though the service offered on this blog isn’t related to a domain name registration service.
Due to the above reason, we have decided to write an article about how to register a domain name to enable the UBA Africard holders to easily register a domain name with the funds in their Africards.
So if you applied for a UBA Africard because you needed a credit card to register a custom domain name (like yourdomainname.com yourdomainname.org etc) for your Blogspot.com blog or to start a self hosted blog or website, this article will be of great benefit to you.
Domain names (commonly known as web addresses) are registered on websites known as Domain name registrars (domain name registration websites). Nowadays there are lots of domain name registrars.
The most popular and also the best domain registration website is Godaddy.com. In this article you are going to learn how to register a domain at Godaddy with your UBA Africard.
How Much Does It Cost to register a Domain name with Godaddy
GoDaddy offers the cheapest domain name registration service as compared to other domain name registrars. The average cost of registering a domain name at Godaddy is just $12.
Godaddy also offers a 99% promo code which their new clients can use to get a 99% discount off the normal domain registration cost OR register a domain name for 99 cents (less than $1).
In this article i,m going to show you how to register a domain name at Godaddy for 99 cents (less than $1 or penny).
Steps to Register a domain name at Godaddy with a UBA Africard for 99 cents.
To register a domain name at Godaddy, you will need to go through these 6 simple steps….
- Visit the Godaddy domain name registration website
- Create an account on the Godaddy website (Its free!).
- Check the availability of your chosen domain name.
- Add the Available domain name to your cart.
- Choose how long you wish to register your domain name.
- Pay the domain name registration fee… which is just 99 cent (less than a $1) to Complete purchase.
Ok lets get started…
STEP 2. Create an account on the Godaddy website (Its free!).
To register a domain at Godaddy, the first thing you will need to do is to create an account on the Godaddy website (its free!).
To create an account, you just need to click on the SIGN IN dropdown menu and then click on the CREATE MY ACCOUNT button as shown in the screenshot below.
…and then click on the Create My Account button as shown in the screenshot below.
Now enter your Email, Username, Password and your 4 digit Support Pin. Your 4 digit support pin is any 4 combination of numbers which you will use to identify yourself whenever you want to contact the Godaddy customer service. Whenever you contact Godaddy to make an inquiry about their domain name registration service, they will ask you to give your support pin before they can attend to you. So enter any combination numbers.
Ok after you have filled in all the required info, just click on the Create account button below and your Godaddy account will be created. As easy as ABC.
STEP 3. Check the availability of your domain name.
After you have created your Godaddy Account, the next thing you will need to do, is to check the availability of your chosen domain name.
At the Godaddy domain registration website, you will find a long domain name search bar at the center of the Godaddy website. That search bar is called domain name checker as shown in the screenshot below.
A domain name checker is used to check the availability of a domain name OR to check whether a chosen domain name has already been registered or not.
Let’s take for example that you wish to register myubaafricard.com as the domain name of your website or blog. The first thing you will need to do, is to check if somebody has already registered that same domain name myubaafricard.com. If the domain name has already been registered you won,t be allowed to register the name.
To check the availability of a domain name, you just need to type the domain name in to the Godaddy domain name search bar and click on the Search Domain button as shown in the screenshot below.
From the screenshot below you can see that that the domain name myubaafricard.com has already been taken (already registered by somebody).So i won’t be allowed to register that particular domain name. I need to choose another domain name.
If the .com extension of your chosen name has already been taken, you can also check if other extensions (.org .info .net .biz .city etc) of the same name are still available like myubaafricard.org myubaafricard.net, myubaafricard.biz etc.
If the .com extension of a name has already been taken, Godaddy will suggest other extensions of the name which are still available as shown in the screenshot below.
However its always adviceable to register your domain name with the .com extension because that’s the domain name extension which most internet users are familiar with i.e. immediately the internet users remembers the name of a website or blog, they just type it in to their web browser with the .com extension. So the person who registered the .com extension of the name will always have an upper hand in case there’s any competition. So if the .com extension of your chosen name has already been taken, its adviceable to choose another name… and still enter it in to the domain name checker to check its availability.
For example since myubaafricard.com is taken and i don,t want to register the name with the suggested available extensions, i will need to choose another name and still check if its still available.
From the screenshot below you can see that i have entered another domain name i.e. myubaafricardblog.com in to the Domain name checker and fortunately its not not yet taken (still available).So i can now proceed to register the domain name myubaafricardblog.com.
Once you find a domain name that is still available (not yet taken) you will need to register it before somebody else does.
STEP 4 . Add the Available domain name to your cart.
After you have found a domain name that is still available, just click on the cart button to add the domain name to your cart.
After the domain name has been added to your cart, just click on the CONTINUE TO CART button to proceed to the next step.
In the next section, Godaddy will ask you if you will be interested in other services like the Domain name protection and Privacy service & Business protection service.
Simply say no by selecting the No Thanks option as shown in the screenshot below… and then click on the CONTINUE WITH THESE OPTIONS BUTTON to proceed to the next phase.
STEP 5. Choose how long you wish to register the domain name.
You can choose to register your domain name for periods which range from 1-10 years. If you choose the default option i.e. 5 yrs, it will cost you $71.95 as shown in the screenshot below.
The 1 year option cost $11.99. If you choose the 1 year option you will be expected to renew your domain name registration after 1 year (yearly).
Choose the 1 year option to get a 99% discount. If you don’t see the total amount as “$1.17 ($1.31 for some)” after selecting the 1 year option, then you can apply the 99% discount code on your bill manually to get a 99% discount.
To apply the 99% discount code on your bill, you just need to click on the HAVE A PROMO CODE LINK and enter the 99% discount code shown in the screenshot below. The 99% discount code will take off $11 from your $12.17 bill.
After you have gotten a 99% discount, just enter your UBA Africard details and click on the Complete purchase button to register the domain name.
All the required information can be found on your UBA Africard. The security code of your UBA Africard is the 3 digit number found at the back of your UBA Africard.
After you have filled in all the required information, just click on the Complete Purchase button and you are done!
Congratulation, you have successfully registered your domain name.
Now you have registered a domain name, What next????
There are many things you can do with your domain name…
- You can start a self hosted WordPress blog with your domain name.
- You can link your domain name to your blogspot.com blog.
- You can create a professional email address with your domain name eg email@example.com.
- You can resell your domain name at a higher price and make 100% profit.