One of the best things about GoDaddy is the deals. I don’t think I’ve ever gone to register a domain with them when they haven’t had the first year for £0.99 and the price per year afterwards is around the market average.
Here’s a step by step guide to buying a domain on GoDaddy.
1. Finding a Domain on GoDaddy
Type your domain into the GoDaddy search box and press Search Domain.
Finding available domains can be tough so be prepared to do a lot of searching before you get graced with the Yes! Your domain is available. screen.
2. Adding Your Domain to the Cart
Once you’ve found an available domain click the Add to Cart button. GoDaddy will offer you a deal on getting the same domain with different endings (tlds). In my opinion it’s not worth get these for 99% of people.
Click Continue to Cart once your domains been added.
3. Creating a GoDaddy Account
Before you can buy your domain you need to create an account (or sign in to an existing one). Click on the Create Account button to create a new account.
Enter your details on the create account form.
Quick Tip: It’s a good idea to setup an email account especially for your website rather than using a personal one.
4. Purchasing a Domain
Now that your accounts all setup it’s time to fill out even more information! Fill out your billing info and card details.
In the image below I’ve circled a few areas that you might be interested in:
Organisation and Tax ID: If you’re registering a domain for personal use like a blog then you don’t need to fill in those boxes.
Domain Registration Dropdown: You can change the amount of years to register your domain for from the dropdown. GoDaddy usually has a deal on where the first year costs almost nothing as long as you register for two years upfront. It used to be widely believed that registering your domain for longer periods would give you a boost in google rankings however, it’s now believed that that’s not true (google sells domains and you can only register them for one year at a time).
Domain Protection: As of 2019 domains on GoDaddy include basic privacy protection which means your personal details won’t be published on the public whois registry. If you’re registering a domain for a blog or personal website then the basic protection privacy should be more than enough.
Promo Code: GoDaddy almost constantly has deals on and will automatically apply whichever one will get you the best price, but if you have a special promo code (or have hunted around for one) then click on the Have a Promo Code? link.
Save: If you save your card details to your account you’ll be able to have your domain auto renew without you needing to do anything. GoDaddy will email you about your domain coming up for renewal so it’s not necessary to save them if you don’t want to.
5. Adding a Promo Code
To add a promo code enter your code in the box and press Apply.
If your code works you’ll see the text box go green and a message letting you know it was successful. Click the X in the corner.
6. Complete Your Purchase
Once all the details have been added a Complete Purchase button will appear. Click on it to complete your purchase.
7. GoDaddys Domain Manager
Before your domains completely yours you’ll need to verify your email address. You can do that in the domain manager. Click the Domains option in the top menu.
Click Manage Domains in the menu.
In the domain manager you’ll see a yellow button saying Verify contact information if you still need to verify your information.
Click it and an email from GoDaddy should turn up in your email box pretty quickly with a link you need to click to verify that you own the email box. If you can’t find the email check your spam folder in case it’s hiding out there.
Once your contact information has been verified when you go to the Domain Manager you should get a blue button instead.
Your domain is ready to go!