How to buy a domain name

If you don’t already have your own domain, you can easily buy one from Office 365, or from another domain reseller or registrar. You get a domain name when you sign up for Office 365, for example, fourthcoffee.onmicrosoft.com. But you may want to use a custom domain name instead, like fourthcoffee.com.

To set up a domain to use it with Office 365, you must own a domain and change some of the DNS records for your domain.

Caution:  Some domain registrars or DNS hosting providers don’t allow creating all the DNS records required by Office 365. Registrars listed here support all the needed records. If you already have a domain with another provider, or you’re thinking of using a different registrar, learn about potential service limitations with some providers.

After you register your domain (at a domain registrar), you sign in to Office 365 as an admin and set up your domain so you can use it with your email address and other services.

Important: We’re rolling out changes to the Office 365 admin center every month to a selection of users. Check out Which version of the admin center do you see? to see what version of the admin center you have.

Which version of the admin center do you see?

If you see this, follow the steps: Buy a domain name in classic admin center.

Illustration of the Office 365 Admin Center. Find out more about the Office 365 admin center

If you see this, follow the steps: Buy a domain name in preview admin center.

Illustration of the Office 365 Preview Admin Center. Find out more about the Office 365 Preview admin center

Tip: We're still working on the admin center preview. You can switch back to the classic admin center if a setting or task you need is not yet available in the preview.

Buy a domain name in classic admin center

You can buy a domain from Office 365 when you’re signed in to the portal. After you buy the domain, we'll set up automatically to work with your Office 365 services.

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.

  2. On the Admin page, on the left, choose Domains.

    In the left navigation pane, choose Domains

  3. On the Manage domains page, choose Buy domain.

    On the Manage domains page, choose Buy domain

You'll step through a wizard to choose a domain name and pay to register it.

Buy a domain name in preview admin center

You can buy a domain from Office 365 when you’re signed in to the portal. After you buy the domain, we'll set up automatically to work with your Office 365 services.

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.

  2. On the Admin page, on the left, choose Settings, and then Domains.

    Click Domains on Office 365 Admin page
  3. On the Domains page, choose Buy domain.

    On the Manage domains page, click Buy domain

You'll step through a wizard to choose a domain name and pay to register it.

Buy a domain from another domain registrar that supports all DNS records required for Office 365

If you want to buy a domain from a domain registrar other than GoDaddy, choose one that supports all DNS records needed by Office 365 services. For example, use one of the following registrars.

Dynadot

eNomCentral

Europe Registry

Hover

Myhosting.com

NearlyFreeSpeech.net

Nettica

Network Solutions

Register.com

Melbourne IT

Transfer your domain to a different domain registrar

If your domain is managed by a provider that doesn’t support all the necessary DNS records, you can transfer it to a different registrar. When you transfer the domain, you change who you send payments to in order to renew and keep your domain name.

Request the transfer at the registrar that you want to move your domain to. Look on their website for an option such as Transfer DNS. Be aware that after they make the changes, it can take a few days update across the Internet.

Note: If you buy a domain from Office 365, you can request to transfer the domain to a different registrar by following these steps.

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