If you read my previous post about the importance of Domain names, you will know that a domain name is your web address, and without domain names you would be known by a series of numbers, and how disastrous that would be.
To get a domain name you need to go to a Domain Register, I generally use Namecheap.com or GoDaddy.com. I’ll use Namecheap as an example because I use it for registering all my domains and am used to dealing with it, but I think you will find GoDaddy and the other Domain Registers are much the same.
First thing you will want to sign up for an account. This is free, its just that it keeps all your purchases in your account. It is important for when you want to point your domain name to your hosting site.
At Namecheap once you have signed up and logged in, go to the bar where it says ‘enter Domain to search’, and once you have done that Namecheap will search and see if that domain name is available. If it isn’t it will give you a list of domain names that are similar to the one you wanted, or if nothing is available, then you will have to find something else that will be similar to what you wanted.
As I said in the previous post, .com is the TLD you are aiming for, as that is the one most people type into Google when they are searching for you. But .net, .org, .info, .cm are also acceptable if .com isn’t available.
Once the name is accepted a price will come up and you will find the onscreen directions to go to the pay screen, where again you will follow their directions.
I have included a link to a You-tube video showing you how to register a domain name, to go to the video click on the link here.
Now you are the possessor of a domain name and you will want to get hosting for it. Hosting means the place where all the files are kept so that your website can be seen on the Internet. I use Hostgator, and for the purposes of this blog post when I refer to your host, I will be talking mainly of Hostgator. I like this hosting company very much. Mainly because they are very reasonably priced, you can buy their ‘baby plan’ where you can have as many different domains as you want for the price of $9.95 a month, which is very reasonable indeed. Not only that they have a very good 24 hours a day 365 days a year live chat with their technical advisors, and I must say they have talked me through all my technical hiccups, and been very patient with me when I didn’t understand what was required.
Then they also have one great ace, and that is if you are wanting to use WordPress as your blog publishing platform, you can press a button for an easy wordpress install, and hey presto it is done for you. It is even easier than going to their fantastico icon and installing WordPress from there. I have tried to install WordPress by FTP ( File Transfer Protocol) which did the install alright, but then I got into difficulties when I had to do something to the admin file and the MYSqyl database – and forgive me but I still don’t know how to do it. But when I press the button ‘wordpress easy install’, everything is done.
Once you have registered with Hostgator, you need to point your domain name from Namecheap to Hostgator. To do this you need to go back to Namecheap, sign in, and go to Your Account, look for the item that says Pointing Your Domain Name. When you receive your welcome letter from Hostgator it will give you two numbers ns5611.hostgator.com ns5612.hostgator.com – (by the way these are made up numbers not actual – every account is different). These are the numbers you give Namecheap – they are giving your actual Hostgator account number and will send your domain name from Namecheap to Hostgator for you. It will also be sent to Google so it can index your website, although it may take a little time for your website to be registered.
Here is another You-tube video link showing you how to sign up to Hostgator for a hosting account and how to point your domain name from Namecheap to Hostgator. To access the video click here
The next link I am giving you will take you to Hostgator’s tutorial video page where you can access a video on whatever problem or difficulty you are having. they are very comprehensive. To access this link click here.
The next blog I will be writing on ‘how to promote other peoples products as an affiliate marketer’. I have been reading about Marlon Sanders ‘Traffic Dashboard’, in this course he has every aspect of affiliate marketing and it is put in an incredibly easy simple way. If this interests you than click on the link here. Look at it anyway, because just looking at the Dashboard gives you some of the steps needed to become an Affiliate Marketer.