Buy a Domain Name Without a Credit Card Or Paypal Balance

From a total noob in 2017, I created this site single-handedly, and I have been learning new things every time I sit in front of my computer as I develop other websites.

Getting a domain name may seem one of the simplest things to do but it was one of the most difficult things for me to do. That’s because I did not have a Paypal balance and ‘recommended’ providers could not accept my debit card. If you live somewhere in Africa or Asia, this may make sense to you. Eventually I got one, and here I share my story…


Just to be clear, this is not a guide to get a free domain name but a process to get one when you don’t have a Paypal balance or credit card.

Buy a Domain Name Without A Credit Card Or Paypal Balance

I had difficulty purchasing a domain name using my debit card.

My intention was to create a serious blog for my business to share important info with my clients and industry friends like these ones:

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I made sure that the balance in my debit card was enough to make a purchase. Then I looked online for sellers.
Every blog I read somehow directed me to GoDaddy and so I started a journey to buy. I hurriedly signed up and filled the required information. I wanted to do a quick purchase and get back to work. But my expectations hit the wall when I got this message.
The feedback for my freelance writing domain name
First, I did not realize what the issue was. I added more money into my bank account and tried again and again. I then opted to seek help from customer support. They advised me to use a credit card or pay through PayPal. I didn’t have a credit card or any PayPal balance and so I sort to get help elsewhere.
Over the internet again. I found domain (another seller). I tried it. Payment not processed! I looked further for other alternatives.
This time I searched specifically for a company that could accept my debit card. I got mrdomain (another seller). In one of their article, they write their methods of payment and they have two options for payment:
Direct methods of payment and indirect methods of payment.

In their indirect payment methods, they list debit as one of the other manual methods of payment and promise to complete the process within one to two days. Long story short, I was unable to make the payments. They wanted a 20 digit card number which I could not see on my debit card.

It took me three days!

I’m not saying the above options are bad. In fact, they might be the best around the world. But it did not work for me. You also might be struggling and that’s why I have written this short article.

Here Is The Point, Try Going Local

If I knew this earlier, I would have got a domain name on the first day I started the search. There are local vendors capable of selling you a domain name affordably in your local currency using the most convenient payment methods possible.

In my search, I realized there are hundreds of web hosting and domain companies in Kenya. I settled for Truehost (a service provider). They were affordable and ready to chat. Since I had some questions and needed help afterward, I chose them.

These guys helped me get several domains over the years and are available to offer technical help whenever I need it. My experience so far is great!