DOMAIN AND HOST
Before you setup a new WordPress (or any other type of) website, you’re going to need two things:
- A DOMAIN NAME (required): A web address like Name.com)
- WEB HOSTING (required): A service that puts your website up on the Internet)
A. Domain name is an important aspect of your website, because that’s how people are going to find your website on the Internet.
Domain name costs around $10/year and I’ll show you to get a best domain provider.
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B. Web hosting is kind of like renting office space – but instead it’s on the web. It stores all your website files and displays them to your site visitors. Hosting provider will also make sure that you website loads quickly and won’t go down for hours at a time (pretty important for everyone who visits your pages.)
Without one or another, your website is not complete and you’re unable to setup/create a website.
The WordPress platform itself is FREE, but a domain name and hosting will cost you around $3 – $5/mo. However it costs less than a coffee, so it won’t break the bank and is important investment for your website.
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I’ve mostly used www.ontogeny.in as a web hosting and domain registrar for myself and for my clients.
Why I use this provider?
Because, they’re affordable, reliable and offer 1-click-installation for WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. You hosting account gets activated immediately which means you can start creating your website now :).
What kind of domain name should I pick?
It is very easy at starting point:
- If you’re making a website for your business, your domain name should match your company name. For example: YourCompanyName.com
- If you’re planning to set up a website for yourself, then YourName.com can be a great option.
Domain names usually end with .com, .org or .net, but in recent months, a huge amount of domain extensions (the end part of the web address, like .com) have come out, ranging from .agency to .pizza.
My best advice? Avoid the weird extensions and go with .com, .net or .org or .co.in or .in unless they perfectly describe what you have to offer – and even then, see if you can find a more common name.
While .com, .org .net .co.in and .in are commonly used and easily remembered, the domain extension craze hasn’t really gone mainstream yet – so people may not find you if you use a really different domain extension.
There are a few things that can help you choose your domain name:
#1 Is it brandable? For example, if you make a site about poetry then best-poetry-website.net is not a good choice: poetryacademy.com or poetryfall.com is much better.
#2 Is it memorable? Short, punchy and clear domain names are much easier to remember. If your domain name is too fuzzy, too long or spelled in a strange way, visitors may forget it.
#3 Is it catchy? Coming up with a good name can be a bit tough since there are approximately 150 million active domain names in the world right now – but don’t give up.
There’s one rule that always applies to domain names: If you like it, go for it.
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Once you’ve bought your domain name and set up your hosting, you’re well on your way!Now it’s time to get your website up and running. The first thing you’ll need to do is install WordPress to your domain.
There are many possible ways to install WordPress, one MUCH easier than the other. You can also install JOOMLA and DRUPAL.
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