When I first heard about Domain names I thought that it sounded complicated. I thought it was a topic reserved only for IT experts and professionals for hire. I imagined it much like registering a business or getting a license plate. It’s not like that at all! In fact, it’s actually very simple and something you can do right now in less than 5 minutes.
Also, if you’re wanting a country-specific domain name (for example .ph, .com.ph or .org.ph) the process is still the same. I can be in the U.S. and still buy a Philippine domain name. The following is a very simple step-by-step process of how to register a domain name in the Philippines, and it’s a lot easier than you might think. If you’re still interested to read a bit more about domains, I did a bit of research and included the information on other questions you might have further down this page.
So, here’s how to register your domain:
Outline Of Steps:
- Visit A Domain Registrar
- Search For Your Preferred Domain
- Choose Or Refine Your Domain Choice Based On Availability
- Choose Length Of Registration And Add-Ons
- Sign-In Or Create An Account
- Complete Purchase
Process (How To Register A Domain Name In The Philippines):
If you’re here to find out how to register a domain, then let’s get to it:
1. Visit A Domain Registrar
Click on a Domain Registrar website.
A Domain Registrar website is basically an online store for buying domain names. Just like online shopping, there are multiple vendors, so it’s up to you where you want to purchase yours. I personally use GoDaddy.com as they are the world’s largest and trusted domain registrar but others will do just fine. Domain.com or namecheap.com are also among the most popular. Bluehost or HostGator all offer domain registration in addition to their web hosting service, so it might be more efficient to use their service if you want to do it all in one place. If you want to shop around and compare prices, feel free to check out the differences in pricing, but essentially they all perform the same service.
2. Search For Your Preferred Domain
Once you enter the website you’ll see a search bar asking you to search for a domain. They’ll look like this:
You can enter you domain in 2 ways:
- If you already know your desired search name, (i.e., marysartisanpies.com) then simply type it in and click ‘Search‘.
- If you haven’t decided on a domain name, the website will give you some suggestions. Just type in the words associated with your website idea or business (i.e., Mary’s Artisan Pies). Click ‘Search‘.
3. Choose Or Refine Your Domain Choice Based On Availability
After clicking search, a page will appear with your domain search results. If you entered a specific domain name, the website will tell you if it is available or not. If it is available then that’s great. If you are happy with this domain named choice, then you can proceed to the next step.
If, however, your domain name is not available, or you are still deciding what your domain name should be, the website will give you some suggestions. It may look something like this:
In this case, you will have to refine your choice. You can refine by changing the domain extension which is the bit at the end of a domain address (otherwise known as a top-level domain, or TLD). For example, if .com was not available, then you could choose com.ph, .ph, .org, or .net.
However if you really wanted a .com extension, and your desired domain wasn’t available, then you could try changing the name before the domain extension (otherwise known as a second-level domain or SLD). I.e., if artisanpie.com is taken or out of your price range (see below: How Much Is A Domain Name In The Philippines?), your domain registrar might suggest the domain myartisan.com which is still available. You can try entering in different domains or words to come up with options. The possibilities are endless but keep in mind, the shorter and simpler the better.
Once you finalize your choice and it is available. We will click Add to Cart.
4. Choose Length Of Registration And Add-Ons
Once you click add to cart a basket sidebar will appear on the right side. Click Continue to Cart, or alternatively, click ‘added to cart’ button or the shopping cart icon on the top right of the page.
You’ll be directed to a page that will ask if you want to also purchase Domain Privacy. This is optional, but I would suggest you purchase it. This basically prevents people from spamming you and trying to contact you regarding your domain. It’s only around ₱359.99 for a year, so not overly priced. Once you choose whether or not you want domain privacy. Click Continue to Cart.
You’ll be taken to your cart which will outline what you’re purchasing and the items. You might notice 3 or 4 items. At the top should be your domain that you’ll be purchasing along with the price.
Choose your plan period:
Under your domain name you’ll see a dropdown bar where you can choose your plan period you can choose between 1 – 10 years. The default is 2 years which is good enough.
Under the domain name you’ll see your domain privacy and price if you chose to add it.
Below that, you might see ‘Professional Email’. This is an add-on from GoDaddy. You can choose to keep it in your cart, which will allow you to set up a personalized email using your domain. (i.e., if you purchased marysartisanpies.com, you will get an email @marysartisanpies.com so you can customize it. This could be firstname.lastname@example.org for example.
By no means is the only way to get a personalized email from your domain. One of the most popular is Google Suite. You can choose to take it out of your cart if you want to sort it out later. Just hit the trash icon.
You might also see a ‘free website builder’ in your cart too. This is a website hosting and a basic web builder. If you’re building your own website, then this is a nice little website builder that comes with some templates and features. From experience, I would describe as an entry-level website builder before moving on to something like WordPress and their web builder plugins, which offer a lot more features and capability. But that’s a different topic altogether.
Once you’re happy with your cart and double checked the billing, click check out.
5. Sign-In Or Create An Account
Just before taking you to the Sign-In/Create an Account page, GoDaddy may prompt you with a payment method. You can choose your payment method, credit card or PayPal, then click Save and continue.
You’ll be taken to a sign-in page. If you already have an account then you can use that. Assuming this is your first time, you can either create an account using your email and a username, or you can use Facebook and Google to create a linked account to sign-in faster. Choose whatever you’re most comfortable with.
*The reason for an account is that the domain you purchase will be attributed to that account, therefore, the domain registrar knows to whom the domain belongs. You will also be able to manage the domain using this account, which is important for linking your website to your domain name. Don’t worry about this now though.
Once you register and log-in, you’ll be taken to the complete purchase page.
6. Complete Purchase
On this page, again check the cart items on the right-hand side as well as the total cost. Also, you can check the payment details. If you’re using a credit card or PayPal, make sure you’re using the correct account for the payment. Check your billing information. If anything is incorrect, you can click the edit button and edit as you please.
Once you’re happy with the domain name, plan period and any add-ons, click the Complete Purchase button.
Once the payment goes through, you will receive confirmation. The domain registrar website will also send you an email to confirm as well as a link to the receipt.
Congratulations! You have successfully purchased your domain. You now own that domain for whatever plan period you chose.
Other Questions You Might Have:
Below are a few questions and references regarding domain registration.
How Much Is A Domain Name In The Philippines?
To be honest, there is no fixed price. Normally, you can get them using a domain registrar for between ₱700 and ₱1000. They can be around ₱5000 if the domain name is more competitive.
If you want a competitive domain, domain registrars deem these as premium domains and these will cost more. Premium domain names are usually short, specific, and common, with a common extension like .com. They are the equivalent of leasing land in a high-end, high-demand city suburb versus a low-end, low-demand suburb which would be cheaper.
Extremely competitive domain names can go for ₱100,000 plus. This is because they are more likely to get clicked on and trusted by users.
Domains You Can’t Get Through This Method
As far as I know, there are two main types of domain extensions that you can’t purchase using the above process in the Philippines. These are: .edu.ph and .gov.ph
These are regulated by companies and a registration process through them is needed. If you are an accredited education provider or institution, or you are a government organization, here is some brief information and links to their websites.
I Need A .edu.ph Domain Name
The Philippine Network Foundation, Incorporated (“PHNET”) is the sole registry and registrar for the EDU.PH domain under the Philippine Country Code Top-Level Domain Name (“PHccTLD”) on the Internet. (Courtesy of http://services.ph.net/dns/policies/serviceagreement.pdf)
Who Is Eligible For .edu.ph?
Tertiary institutions have to be recognized by the CHED. Primary and secondary institutions have to be recognized by the Department of Education. State educational institutions have to be recognized by the state. Training institutions have to be recognized by TESDA. Any authorized representative of an educational institution can cause the registration of a domain in behalf of the institution.
I Need A .gov.ph Domain Name
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is the domain administrator for GOV.PH (Courtesy of https://dns.gov.ph/)
Who Is Eligible For .gov.ph?
1) The document “General Appropriations Act of 1997”, R.A. No. 8250 (or its successor) lists the official names of Philippine Government agencies.
A) Top-level organizations (e.g., those with initials are in Roman numbers such as “VI. Department of Budget and Management”) and independent agencies and organizations (e.g., “National Computer Center” and other non-indented listings unless prohibited below) as listed in this document are eligible for registration directly under .gov.ph.
B) Autonomous law enforcement components of top-level organization (e.g., National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Internal Revenue) and all Government Owned and Controlled Corporations [GOCC] (e.g. GSIS, SSS) are also eligible for registration.
C) Cross-agency collaborative organizations (e.g., Inter-Agency Council, Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council [LEDAC]) are eligible for registration under .gov.ph upon presentation of the chartering document and are the only non-GAA-listed organizations eligible for registration under .gov.ph.
D) Subsidiary, attached agencies, non-autonomous components of top-level or other entities are not eligible for separate registration. Government organizations such as the GO-IT should register under .ORG.PH domain. International organizations listed in this document are NOT eligible for registration under .gov.ph.
E) Organizations listed as “Government Funded Organizations” are not eligible for registration under .gov.ph and should register under .ORG.PH or other appropriate top-level domain.
F) Organizations subsidiary to “Department of National Defense” must register under the “.MIL.PH” domain. Contact Mr. J. Emmanuel Disini at email@example.com.
G) State Universities, colleges and public schools should register under .EDU.PH domain which is under the administration of PHnet. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read the Domain Policy page, visit here: http://dns.gov.ph/asti-policy/
This will provide information as to who is and isn’t eligible for a .gov.ph website. Needless to say, if you aren’t a government organization, you are very unlikely to get a .gov.ph website.
I hope this article helped answer any questions you had related to domain registration in the Philippines, which is basically no different to standard practice around the world, with a couple of exceptions. If you want to read about how to build your own website then visit my article 11 Steps To Build A Website (Photo Guide). If you want to know how much a website costs, click here to read more.
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