How To Purchase A Domain With Wix
Updated: Jul 11
Purchasing A Domain On Wix
Establishing an impactful digital presence starts with choosing an appropriate domain for your business. Your domain is more than just an online address for your website - it's the cornerstone of your brand's identity. If you've chosen to build your website using Wix, a popular cloud-based web development platform, you might be wondering how to go about buying a domain name. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of purchasing a domain via Wix in detail, covering every step from account setup to domain management.
Setting Up a Wix Account
If you're new to Wix, the first step is setting up an account on the platform. To do this, visit the Wix homepage and look for the "Sign In" button, typically found in the top right corner of the page. Clicking this button will take you to the login page, where you'll find an option to create a new account. Follow the instructions, provide the necessary details, and your Wix account will be ready in no time.
Navigating to the Domain Page
Once your account is set up and you're logged in, the next step is to navigate to the 'Domains' page. On your Wix dashboard, you'll find the 'Subscriptions' tab on the top navigation bar. Click on this tab and then select 'Domains' from the dropdown menu. This will lead you to the page where you can manage, connect, and, most importantly, buy domains.
Initiating the Domain Search
On the 'Domains' page, you'll find an option that says "Buy a New Domain". Click on this button to begin the process of searching for and purchasing a new domain. You'll be redirected to a new page where you'll find a search bar. Here, you can type in your desired domain name and hit 'Search' to see if it's available.
Selecting Your Ideal Domain
Wix's search function will generate a list of available domains based on your search query. If you're lucky, your desired domain name will be available, and you can proceed to purchase it directly. If not, don't worry - the search results will include a range of alternative options that are close to your original query. Take your time to browse through these alternatives, or try modifying your original query until you find the perfect domain.
Purchase A Hosting Plan
Once you've found a domain name that fits your needs, it's time to select a hosting plan (a hosting plan is required before you can connect a domain to your Wix site). After selecting your plan, you'll be taken to the checkout page. Remember, if you purchase a hosting package you'll get one year domain registration free!
Verifying Your Email Address
Upon completing the purchase, Wix will send a verification email to the address linked to your account. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) requires that all new domain purchases be verified within 15 days. To verify, simply click on the link in the email, and you're all set. If you do not verify within this period, your domain may become inactive, so make sure to complete this step as soon as you receive the email.
Managing Your Domain
Once you've purchased your domain, the next steps involve managing and optimizing your domain settings. You can manage your domain directly from your Wix account. This includes configuring your DNS settings, setting up email accounts associated with your domain, and connecting your domain to your Wix site. Regularly check these settings to ensure your website remains in optimal condition. Wix also offers extensive customer support and resources to help you navigate domain management. If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to their support team or explore their knowledge base.
And That's It!
Purchasing a domain through Wix is a straightforward and user-friendly process. The importance of having a custom domain name cannot be overstated - it's an investment in your online presence that can significantly improve visibility, credibility, and brand recognition. Whether you're starting a personal blog, an e-commerce store, or a company website, the steps in this guide will help you navigate the process of buying a domain on Wix with ease.
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