how do you buy a website?

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  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    For buying domain names you go through a domain name registrar, GoDaddy is one such registrar, but there are dozens if not hundreds to buy the domain name from. Most will let you buy the domain name in year increments. You have to pay for owning it even if that domain name never points to anything. Also, that's just the name, not the web site that you may have it point to. That would involve also buying some hosting. The domain name on its own is really cheap, from $6-$12/year unless you're buying a recognizable name from someone, then you can pay thousands for it.
     
  3. iOrlando thread starter macrumors 68000

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    what if the site doesnt even exist...so if i want zoolicker.com, its not pointing to anywhere..so what website would it be pointing to?
     
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Absolutely nothing. Often your ISP will bring up a page in its place essentially saying that URL doesn't exist then usually throw some advertisements at you. Sometimes the registrar you buy from will allow you to place a temp home page with minimal content that allows something to be shown. Sometimes people will put up a "Coming soon" or "Under construction" type notice.
     
  5. iOrlando thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ic. so if you buy from godaddy.com, just the website name, and say you want to keep the site as it is (so if the IP has ads...thats fine) or if its blank..thats fine too....you dont want to pay for hosting because you dont know when in the future you will ever use the site...can you do that? or you must register the site and pay for hosting too...(roughly how much is that).
     
  6. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    You can have just a name that points at nothing. It's often referred to as squatting, though more often that name is used to describe people who buy a bunch of domain names and then try to sell them to people later for more money than they are worth. There's no need to get hosting yet if you're not ready though. Hosting can be free or hundreds a month depending on what they offer for hosting. Just be sure to read their terms of service, especially on the free ones.
     
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    The cheapest hosting package from A Small Orange (asmallorange.com) would be ideal, $25 per year and you could use it to park loads of domains plus its some handy webspace if you ever need it

    Also Namecheap.com is another very cheap registrar for domains
     
  8. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    That's the best kind. You just pick a registrar and pay your yearly fee, and the domain is now yours to do with as you wish. The bigger registrars (like GoDaddy) have even thought of this and have an option to have the domain point to basically an "under construction" page while you figure out what you want to do.
     
  9. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    I bought 2 domains from godaddy, now if you dont do anything with them godaddy will post one of their page with some ads and your domain name at the top somewhere, but you can park it with google domains, put ads and get paid for it, you need a google adsense account, its free. then you go to you godaddy control panel and change a few minor things and you have a parked domain. see my second site in my sig for a parked domain example..
     
  10. iOrlando thread starter macrumors 68000

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    and how much you get from that ? enough to cover the 8/year fee or less?
     
  11. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    oh yeah for sure, not in a day but it depends on the content..
    there is no fee, you mean the domain cost per year? then yes..
     
  12. iOrlando thread starter macrumors 68000

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    so then why doesnt everyone do that? if it means at least a few bucks a year. is it just that your domain name is searched more often so you get a little more than the average random/weird domain?
     
  13. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    like i said it all depends if people land on your page or find you, now the content is also important..
     

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