As a blogger, one of the basic things you need for a successful Blog, besides a blog itself, is a custom domain. Normally, a free hosted blog will have a default subdomain in which the name of the blog is attached.
E.g. yourblog.blogspot.com, nytimes.wordpress.com, yourblog.tumblr.com, etc.
However to make your blog a brand, and if you are really serious about blogging, you might just want to get a custom top-level domain (TLD) for your blog.
A domain name is typically written as www[dot]Your-Domain-Name[dot]com. The www part is simply referred to as the Third-level domain; the Your-Domain-Name is referred to as the Second-Level Domain while the .com (domain extension) is the Top-level domain. That’s the usual default way a custom domain will look like.
A custom domain will be easier to remember as well as to type into the address bar of a browser.
E.g. www.facebook.com, www.yourblog.com, etc.
So if you are blogger in Nigeria and interested in getting a custom domain name for your blog, then you might probably be wondering how much your need to budget to getting a domain? As at now, the price of a custom domain name is a bit on the high side due to the dollar-naira rate increment.
Below is an estimated cost to purchase (secure) and renew an available (unregisted) custom domain name of the popularly used domain extensions.
|TDL Domain||Price (New/Renewal)|
|.com||₦2,400.00 – ₦3,500.00|
|.net||₦3,200.00 – ₦3,500.00|
|.org||₦3,200.00 – ₦3,800.00|
|.info||₦3,200.00 – ₦3,500.00|
|.biz||₦3,400.00 – ₦3,500.00|
|.mobi||₦3,000.00 – ₦8,000.00|
|.sch.ng or edu.ng (for schools)||₦1,500.00 – ₦10,000.00|
|.com.ng, .org.ng, .net.ng, .mobi.ng||₦1,500.00 – ₦2,500.00|
|.ng||₦13,000.00 – ₦15,000.00|
|.in, .co.in||₦1,400.00 (domainking.ng)|
As a Nigerian, you should probably secure a domain name with a reputable registrar supporting the Nigerian currency, to avoid being charged for naira-dollar exchange as well. We thus recommend registrars like:
- www.registeram.com.ng, etc.
Note: Renewals of your domain is annually (on a yearly basis), not weekly or monthly. So in a year before your domain expires, you should be able to have the renewal fee paid to extend the validity of your domain by another year.