I thought I would write an article about domain names (Internet Addresses) and web hosting service since they are both something I know about. Now don’t misunderstand me, I don’t know everything there is to know about domain names and web hosting but I do know more than the average person does. I have owned many domain names over the last decade and a half and have learned quite a bit about them. The same goes for web hosting service. In this article I will share some of my knowledge and experiences about these two things with all of you reading this article.
First let me start off by discussing domain names since you will need a domain name or names before you will need a web hosting provider. If you decide you want to start your own website or blog and you want to take it seriously as well as have others take it seriously you will need to buy your own domain name. You can get a free sub-domain name if you use the free hosting providers like weebly.com, blogger.com and other similar type of sites but if you want people to take you more seriously then buying your own domain name is the way to go.
Most domain names go for around $10-15 per year or so depending on what domain extension you want. There are even coupon codes that you can find around the internet on various websites that you can use to get a domain name for as little as $.99 to save a few dollars. Another thing to think about before registering your domain name is which hosting provider you are going to use because most will give you a free domain name of your choice when you buy your hosting plan. That can save you a few dollars there as well.
When you register your own domain name you can register it for as short as a year if you want to so that you can see if your website or blog is doing well before you decide to register it for longer. Many domains can be registered for up to 10 years but I wouldn’t recommend that unless you are 100% sure you will keep your site going that long. I would recommend registering a domain name for a year or two when you first register it just to make sure it’s something you are going to keep.
Another thing to consider when you decide to register your own domain name is which domain extension you want. The domain extension is the part of the domain that starts with the “Dot” and is followed by a few letters, like the .com or .net part of most of the domain names out there. Now the .com is the most popular and valuable by far followed by the .net version of the domain names. There are hundreds of domain name extensions out there (I wrote an article called “DOT What???” that you can read for more on that) but these two are the best to have, especially the .com domain extension.
Make sure to do a lot of research and thinking when you decide to register your own domain name before you actually buy the domain name. Try to pick a domain name that has something to do with what your website or blog is about. Also, try to avoid buying a domain name that is easily misspelled, hard to pronounce or has an unusual spelling if at all possible. The last thing you want is to have people going to the wrong website or blog instead of yours. Also, make sure that you don’t register a domain name that has a Trademark in it. (Here’s an article with more information on Trademarks and domain names HERE!)
When you are trying to decide what domain name you want for your website or blog you also need to see if the domain name you want is not already taken. You can check to see if the name you want is available by doing a “Whois” search and this will tell you if the name you want is available for you to register. A couple of good websites to do a whois search are whois.com and who.is but there are many more and you can also usually find them at the footer part of most hosting service providers websites.
After you have decided on your name and have found one that is available for you to register you need to find a good web hosting service provider. Most web hosting providers will give you a free domain name when you buy their hosting service so don’t go and pay to register the domain name you want before checking to see if the hosting provider you are going to use offers a free domain name.
There are also domain name sellers who have many websites available for purchase if you can’t find an available domain name you like that isn‘t registered already. You can also check domain name marketplaces like sedo.com or flippa.com. These type of websites have thousands of domains listed for sale by people around the world through their website so there are some good domain names you can find on those types of domain sites as well.
Now there are many different types of web hosting available but most of you will want to start out with what is called “Shared Hosting” until you need something more. Shared web hosting is the least expensive type of web hosting and usually most of the web hosting providers offering this type of hosting don’t put limits on most of the features such as the amount of space you can use, the amount of bandwidth your site uses as well as some other limitless features.
You might be asking why a web hosting provider can offer so much for this very inexpensive type of web hosting. The answer is because with shared web hosting the hosting provider has many different customers using the same web server as you with many different websites using that web servers resources. Because they have many customers using the same server they can spread the cost of the server and it’s resources out over many people thus lowering the web hosting costs to it’s customers.
Shared web hosting can cost as little as a few dollars a month so that makes it the most economical choice for web hosting and most people will not need anything more than this until they start getting a lot of website or blog visitors coming to their site. There are so many web hosting providers out there so shop around and see what you can get with the different hosting providers before deciding which web hosting provider to use.
You can also search on one of the major search engines like Google.com or Bing.com for web hosting reviews to get an idea as to the quality of their hosting and customer service. There are also many web hosting review websites out there on the internet like hostingpolice.com that can provide more information about web hosting service providers.
I hope you will find this information helpful. If you have a thought or comment about domain names or web hosting feel free to leave me a reply below, I am always happy to hear from my site visitors.