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How to make a website Step 02

Choosing a Domain Name and Web Host for Your Website


To get a new website online, you’re going to need two things:

  • A domain name (a web address like yoursitename.com)

  • Hosting (a service that connects your site to the internet)


The WordPress platform itself is free, but a domain name and hosting will cost you around $3 – $5 a month, but I’ll show you how to get one for free… However it costs less than a coffee, so it won’t break the bank.
Owning your own domain name looks far more professional than having your site on someone else’s domain (like yourbusiness.my-free-website.com), and it’s super affordable, too.
Plus, having your own hosting will also make sure your website loads quickly and won’t go down for hours at a time (pretty important for everyone who visits your pages.)

Where do You get a domain name and hosting?


We’ve mostly used www.ENESTBD.com as a web hosting and domain registrar for our clients.
They’re really affordable, have good customer service, and they’re currently throwing in a domain name for free – so it’s worth checking them out.
When you get a domain name, you’ll also get a personal email account(s): you@YourSite.com – way more professional than a generic Gmail or Yahoo address.
Already have a domain name and hosting? Go ahead and skip ahead to step 3, where I’ll explain how you can set up your website.

What kind of domain name should you pick?


As an easy 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 unless they perfectly describe what you have to offer – and even then, see if you can find a more common name.
While .com, .org and .net 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.

Any additional tips for choosing your domain name?


There are few things that can help you choosing 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.
#2 Is it catchy? You want a name that rolls off the tongue, describes what you do and sticks head. Coming up with a cool 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.

THINGS TO DO BEFORE NEXT STEP:


checklistDo some brainstorming to come up with a unique domain name that reflects your business, site or blog.

 
checklistGo ahead and secure yourself a domain name and web hosting through enestbd.com.

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