So you've finally decided that you want to have some kind of an online presence. Now there are a
couple of ways that you can go about this but the most easiest or the most profitable way to do that
is to setup your very own website.
Before you start to sweat on how are you exactly going to create a website, you should know
that it is actually quite easy. You just have to go through a few steps and you will have your very own online business in no time.
Register Your Domain Name
The first step that you have to go through in order to properly setup your site is to get a domain name. This
is what people will type into their browsers in order to access your website, so you should make it memorable and relatable.
Today we will show you how to choose and register your own domain name and choose the best one so the maximum number
of people remember it.
STEP 1: Setting up your own server or going for a hosting service
If you did not already know your whole website will be divided into a set of files, and you would need to store
those files somewhere. Now there are two ways that you can go about that, you can either store those files on your
own computer (without a hosting service) which basically means that you will have to setup your own server. However
this is not really recommended for first timers.
The other way is the most easiest and it is probably what most people do. You can store your website on another
company's servers (which will have a hosting service). This is recommended as everything will be handed to you and
you will use the given tools to go through the process of registering your domain and hosting your website. Which
makes it a whole lot easier than setting up your own server.
STEP 2: Choose a hosting service
Now comes the tricky part. Choosing the service which you will use to host your website. As you may have guessed
there are hundreds of them but you should research before hand and go for the best. Choosing the best one is important
because your whole website will be depending on them. If something goes awry, you must not loose your data and your
website, and if you do go for the top one's, they will actually care about you as a customer and will look after
your every need.
Some reputable hosting services are Register.com, GoDaddy.com, OnlyDomains.com, HostGator.com and eNom.com etc.
STEP 3: Think of a domain name and check its availability
Now think of a great domain name which will represent you and your business online. You must then check if that domain is available to register or not, and you can do this with the domain availability checker. Most of the time, the hosting company will have this tool or you can Google and find loads of them.
You will enter the domain name that you thought of and the tool will tell if it's available. These tools will even suggest you alternatives if the name is already occupied and some will even show you cheaper alternatives.
STEP 4: Select the domain once you've found it
Now that you have found the domain, select it and you will be redirected to that service. Follow the instructions once you're there, read the terms and conditions thoroughly so that you understand them, fill out their forms and other legalities.
They will usually ask you for a bunch of information, this is important to register yourself with the WHOIS database where webmasters or owners of the websites are required to list their information. This information is public but you can also make it private for an additional fee.
STEP 5: Pay them and you're ready to go
You probably know that you cannot setup a real business or a presence online for free. That's why you have to pay up. But don't worry, the domain names and hosting are somewhat cheap because of the competition. Many hosting sites will be competing with each other and will usually have many deals that you can take advantage of.
Enter your correct payment information when you have filled out everything. This is also another reason to go for a reputable hosting service as they will have your payment information.
Once you have done everything correctly, now you will be logged in to your hosting panel and you can upload your website or your website's files. It is really easy, you will be given all the tools and you just have to follow the step that they have outlined.
Your hosting panel is the place from which you will be uploading files to your site or making changes to your site and setting up everything.
These were all the steps from registering your own domain name and setting up your website on a hosting service. Don't be intimidated as these are really easy to do. You just have to follow the information that will be provided to you.