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Getting a Domain Name Doesn’t Have to be Spooky

Hover on October 31, 2013

There are a lot misconceptions about what it takes to get your own domain.

You may have dreamed about finding the perfect domain name to represent your online identity or your business. There’s a whole world of options available for what kind of domain to get, how and where to get it. It can make the process of getting your hands on a domain seem kind of overwhelming.

Don’t let your fears stand in the way of taking your ideas to the next level with a great domain name. The truth is, registering and managing a domain isn’t as scary as you may think.

Right on time for Halloween, we’re looking at the most common fears about getting a domain name:


Getting a domain is too expensive

You can get a great .com domain name for as low as $15/yr. We also offer a wide variety of domain extensions (TLDs) to help you find the right domain name at a reasonable price. Looking at only the .com extension, it’s true that single-word domains are tough to come by for a bargain. While a premium domain name may be worthwhile for your ideas, you’ll see that your options open up considerably if you’re willing to look beyond the .com.

Our promise has always been to bring you honest pricing. That’s why we include everything you need for your domain in the original price, so you won’t find any tricks in your shopping cart. You may, however, get a treat or two, like finding no-charge Whois Privacy for

Getting a domain is too complicated

You don’t have to be an expert in domains to get a great domain name. That’s our job. You don’t even really need to be especially tech-savvy, have a Reddit account or know what planking is (although you may be interested in checking out the latter). At Hover, you’ll find an easy-to-use interface and domain management tools that are as simple as turning things on/off.

If you ever run into a problem, you can visit our help section for tutorials, instructional videos and forums. Plus, our customer support team of real human beings is ready to tackle anything you throw their way, via email or our no-hold phone support. We know you have better things to do than trying to discern one complicated tool from the next one, and we want to help you get there.

All the good domain names are taken

You can still find a domain that’s short, memorable and perfect for your idea. There are plenty of catchy domain names out there, especially when you combine words or get a little creative. When you look outside of .com domains, other TLDs can bring you even more options and be just as affective in keyword searches.

If you want a hand flexing your creativity muscle, try a few keywords in our search bar and we’ll help you out with some suggestions. It’s fun.

You need to put a website on your domain

You can do all kinds of neat stuff with your domain that don’t necessarily involve creating a website. Your new domain name can forward visitors anywhere you’d like, such as your social media profiles or blog. If you change your mind, you can always easily change where your domain sends visitors.

If you do plan on having a website for your domain, there’s no rush to get it up and running right away. You don’t need to be ready with a beautiful design and rich content. You can register and secure your domain name for a planned website and decide exactly how you’d like to use it later.

You need to be a web designer to have a domain

You can get a domain and even create a website without being an expert in web design. While you won’t find any website building tools at Hover, there’s a whole slew of them available online to help you easily publish your website. There are even some free website hosting services with customizable themes and templates that will get your website looking fancy.

If you’re wondering how to get started with a website, we’ve got some good suggestions about what to look for in a web host.