Getting Started with Your Online Business: How to Register a Domain Name

by | Jun 19, 2024 | Alstra Technical Blog

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is a unique, easy-to-remember name that points to a physical IP address on the internet. It’s an essential part of the internet’s infrastructure and is used to access websites by typing it into a browser. Examples include or

Why We Encourage You to Manage Your Domain Name Yourself

It might seem convenient to let your web developer or designer handle domain name management, but there are significant reasons to manage it yourself:

  • Empowerment and Control: At Alstra Solutions, we believe in empowering our clients. By managing your own domain, you retain full control, ensuring it always belongs to you.
  • Avoid Bad Practices: Some website design agencies might engage in practices like marking up domain prices or being reluctant to transfer control back to you. By handling it yourself, you avoid these issues.
  • Cost Transparency: Managing your own domain helps you avoid unnecessary markups and ensures you only pay for what you need.

For more detailed guidance, check out our tutorial: Regain Control of Your Domain Name: A Step-by-Step Guide.

Already Have a Domain?

If you already have a domain name and perhaps a website at or a hosted email service like [email protected], you can either stick with your current registrar or switch to a new one if you’re not satisfied. Here are typical prices:

  • .ca domain: Approximately C$13 per year
  • .com domain: Around C$15 per year

Prices significantly higher than these may include unnecessary add-ons or markups.

What is a Registrar?

A domain registrar is a company that manages domain names and the IP addresses assigned to them. Accredited domain registrars we recommend include:

We list only registrars that offer fair pricing, avoiding those with high markups.

How to Register a New Domain

If you don’t have a domain yet, follow these steps to register one:

  1. Visit one of the recommended registrars, such as Porkbun for .ca domains.
  2. Follow their registration process. If you encounter any issues, you can create a support ticket or call them at 855.767.5286

How to Transfer Your Existing Domain Name to a New Registrar

If you prefer to switch registrars, here’s how:

  1. Obtain an authorization code (auth code) from your current registrar. They are obligated to provide it.
  2. For example, to transfer to Porkbun, visit this page, enter your domain and auth code, and follow the transfer process. It typically takes a few hours to two days.

Annual Renewal

Remember to renew your domain annually to avoid losing it, which could impact your business. You can enable or disable auto-renewal through your registrar’s settings.


Alstra Solutions is not affiliated with any other registrar mentioned. We recommend them solely based on their fair pricing and services.

For more information on how Alstra can support your online business, visit our website or contact us directly. We are here to help you succeed in your digital journey.

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