Often, the most time consuming part of buying a domain name is actually deciding what you’d like it to be. Be aware that not all domain names are available; many have already been claimed by others.

We’re going to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to purchase your custom domain.

AWS is an industry standard suite of web infrastructure services used frequently by developers. The specific service we’re going to use to purchase your domain name is called Route 53.


If you don’t already have an account, create one at https://aws.amazon.com.

AWS uses a thorough verification process. You’ll have to confirm the following:

  1. Contact information
  2. Payment information (no purchase is necessary to open an account, but a debit or credit card is)
  3. Identity verification (a PIN entered via a phone call)
  4. Support Plan (there is a free plan)

Remember, creating an AWS account is free — there are no required purchases. The only purchase that you’ll (optionally) make will be the purchase of your custom domain name.

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