There’s no question that domain names are essential for any business owner or marketer who plans on getting in touch with potential customers via email. Even if you operate an online store, you’ll still need a domain name to send out your marketing emails!
You’ll typically be given 30–60 days to decide whether or not you want to keep a domain name once you’ve registered it with a company like Bluehost. If you decide that you do want to keep the domain name, you’ll have to make a payment and continue to pay the yearly fee. Otherwise, you’ll have to find a new provider and start the process over again.
The good news is, you can purchase a customized domain name from the get-go for ClickFunnels. This way, you won’t have to worry about meeting the deadline for securing a domain name from Bluehost. You can also use a tool like Wildcard DNS to secure multiple domains (e.g., mysite.com, sales.mysite.com, blog.mysite.com) with a single IP address. This will make it easy for people to find your website – no matter what domain name you use!
Step one: Select a template
Before you begin the process of buying a custom domain name, you’ll need to pick a template from the existing domain names to use as a basis for your design. We recommend using one of these popular domain name templates as a starting point:
- Shopify (shopping) (domains) ($29.99 a year) – A well-known platform for online stores, Shopify has a variety of affordable plans that you can use to build your website.
- Wix (web design) (domains) ($29.99 a year) – Another popular platform for website building, Wix offers a free plan that allows you to build your website with a limited number of pages.
- Squarespace (web design) (domains) ($24.95 per month) – One of the most popular website building platforms, Squarespace allows you to build a professional-looking website at the push of a button.
Step two: Customize the domain name
After you’ve selected a template, you can begin customizing your new domain name to fit your business’ needs. You can use this platform to build your shopping cart, landing pages, and other critical areas of your online store. If you’ve never designed a website before, this might seem a bit tedious. But, don’t fret – with a little bit of patience, this process will be painless.
To begin, simply click on the word “cart” in the top menu bar and then select the shopping cart tab. You’ll see a blank form where you can begin building your shopping cart.
From here, you can add items to your cart and proceed to check out. When you’ve finished creating your cart, click on the button that says “save” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
You’ll then be taken to a screen that allows you to update the domain name that’s associated with your shopping cart. To get started, simply click on the button that says “change order details” and you’ll be directed to a new screen where you can begin entering the new domain name.
If you entered the new domain name correctly, you’ll be presented with a confirmation screen that asks you to enter a new coupon code if you’ve previously entered a code. If you didn’t enter the new domain name correctly, you’ll see an error message and be returned to the previous screen where you can begin the process again.
This step is fairly straightforward. You’ll just need to enter the new domain name and ensure that it’s formatted properly. If you use a tool like Free DOMAIN Checker, you can quickly search for available.com domains that aren’t currently being used and ensure that your new domain is correctly spelled and has the correct suffix (e.g.,.com,.net,.org).
If you’re entering the domain name for the first time, you’ll need to provide a brief description of the website that you’re creating. This will help the platform understand what your domain is for and ensure that it’s not being used for any other purpose.
Step three: Proceed to payment
Once you’ve entered the new domain name and built your shopping cart, you can begin the payment process. You’ll have to choose a PayPal account to use as a payment method (unless you’ve previously set up a business account).
You can either PayPal directly from your bank account or use a tool like PayPal Credit, which provides credit-like resources for online purchases. Once you’ve entered your payment information, you can click on the button that says “Pay Now” to complete the transaction.
If you used a tool like Free DOMAIN Checker to get the new domain name, you’ll see a screen that offers a coupon code for your convenience. Simply click on the coupon code to verify it and then click on the button that says “Submit” to use it.
If this was a paid order (e.g., via PayPal Credit), you’ll be presented with a screen that shows your available credit. Simply follow the prompts to use all of the credit that you’ve been provided.
If this was a free order (e.g., using direct bank transfer), you’ll be provided with an invoice that you can pay with a credit card. Just remember that Free DOMAIN Checker doesn’t accept credit cards on accounts that are currently in good standing. You can click on the “Pay Invoice” button to complete the transaction.
Step four: Monitor your order
Once your order has been completed, you can monitor its progress by clicking on the “My Orders” tab in the top menu bar. From here, you can track the progress of your order, including the estimated delivery date. You can also follow the status of your order by clicking on the “Status” column for each item.
As soon as your order is shipped, you’ll receive an email notification from Free DOMAIN Checker that includes the tracking number for your order. If you have any additional questions about the status of your order, you can contact the company directly from this same screen.
This process is pretty self-explanatory. Once your order has been shipped, you can track its progress via email and ask any questions you have about the order. It’s important to remember that you can only track the order until it’s been delivered to your address. Once it’s been delivered, you can no longer follow its status.
That’s basically how you purchase a custom domain name for your ClickFunnels account. As you can see, it’s a very straightforward process that only takes a few minutes to complete. If you use the right tools, it’s also a fairly inexpensive process. With that being said, it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll need to register your domain name with your web host (e.g., Bluehost) and setup the website with a solid SEO strategy in mind.