Starting a website is an exciting time in any entrepreneur’s career.
The first thing you need to do is pick and purchase your domain name. The question is: How do you successfully buy domain names and web hosting without going insane trying to figure it out?
Here’s your step by step guide:
1. Register Your Domain – Go to any company that is a domain registrar. GoDaddy is one, Bluehost is both a domain registrar and a host. What you need to do is pick the domain for your website. Of course this is the website address that anyone who wants to visit your site will type in. Make it easy to remember, easy to spell and make it a dot com address.
2. Buy Your Hosting – As I mentioned in step one Bluehost is both a domain registrar and a hosting company. There are other companies like this, such as HostGator. I use Bluehost for all my website hosting and my domain name registration. It’s up to you if you want to separate the two or buy them all at one place. When you do buy hosting, a good thing to look for is multiple domain hosting so that you can host more than one website all for one price.
3. Connect Domain and Hosting – If you didn’t buy your domain and your hosting account at the same place then you will need to connect the two. If you think about this logically it makes sense because if you build a website at your host but your domain is somewhere else they need to be connected before anyone will see the site you built. You connect your domain to your hosting via nameservers. Nameservers are set at the domain companies control panel. If you are using GoDaddy, for example, you log into your account, click on your domain name and then change the nameservers that match your hosting account (you’ll need to find these out from your hosting company).
4. Build Your Website – Once you buy your domain name, sign up for hosting and connect the two you are ready to build a website! My favorite tool for building websites is a program called WordPress. It’s totally free and it’s easy to install. It has a massive supply of professional looking website themes (or templates) that you can use and customize to create the perfect website for your business. Actually, WordPress does a lot more too.