Website URL

Welcome back!

My name is John and I’m coming at you with blog post number 1 on Computer Talk Forum! We will be discussing how to buy a domain name and where to buy them.

Okay so what is a URL anyways?

That very well may be you’re firs question. Or, yeah I know what a URL is it’s the name of the website. Have you ever wondered what this acronym stands for? You may have never wondered about it up until today.

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. I think we all understand that it’s the address of a web page. And, I think we all know that every website or web address (URL) has it’s own unique URL. This is the basics of how anything is found online. Your computer, or rather the search engine you are using. A couple examples of businesses and their URL’s are: www.carpetservicebeaverton.com and www.beavertontreecare.com

Domain Names

We also call URL’s the Domain Name. A Domain Name represents the website, or the name you click on to go to a certain location or place online.

The Extensions of the Domain

What is an extension? there the .com, .net. Extensions are categories of Internet domain names. and there are a ton to choose from the .com, .net, and .org have been around the longest.

.com represents the word “commercial,” and is used the most

.net represents the word “network”

.org represents the word “organization,” and is used most often by non-profits and churches.

Can I get my First Choice? 

There are quite a few places you can go to buy them. But remember, just because you have  a domain name in mind, doesn’t mean you will get that as your first choice. Each domain name is a unique name. Owned by someone. If it’s not available, it means that someone has already claimed this as there own domain name.

Where Do I go To buy them?

There are quite a few places that you can go.

Here is a list just to name a few:

  • GoDaddy – by far the most known.
  • NameSilo
  • Network Solutions
  • Name Cheap

Each of these places usually has a coupon code – just do a search online to find it!

One other thing to mention, If you’re a business, you want to make sure you’re business name isn’t being used by someone else. Do a search for what you would like your domain to be, see what comes up. If nothing appears, then you’re probably pretty safe.

A couple other things to note:

  1. The .com is the best, but .net and .org are okay too – stay away from the other’s.
  2. If you’re a business, I’d recommend you buy all three extensions. .com, .net, .org. This way, another business can’t come and buy your domain name with a different extension.
  3. This is an important one….Make sure you buy privacy for EVERY domain you purchase. If not, you’re personal information is not private and people can find it pretty easy.

Not the most sexy topic, but I hope you got some new insight and knowledge out of it!. If you’d like to connect, Click Here. I’d love to talk to you further about this.

Check back in the next couple of days, as I should have my next article published by then!

See ya

Using Weebly

Weebly

If you are not familiar with building websites, I suggest you skip WordPress altogether and use Weebly. Weebly is a simple drag-and-drop platform that is super user friendly.

Let’s talk about how to get you started with using Weebly. When you’re buying your domain name from NameSilo, there is an option to choose who will be hosting your domain. Choose Weebly.

Log in to Weebly by going to weebly.com. When you first login, it will take you to the page to choose your theme for your site. Don’t worry about connecting your domain just yet.

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Once you have chosen your theme, you will go to the section where you can begin to build out your website!!!

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The cool thing about Weebly, is it is also hosts your website. So you do not have to host it anywhere else. When you get to the above page, choose the third option as you are going to build this site with the domain you have already purchased. You will then need to pick a Weebly plan. I usually suggest choosing the basic plan. BUT compare the plans so you see exactly what you will be getting. Choose the one that fits your needs the best.

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This is where the fun begins. The above pic shows you all the elements on the left hand side. You literally click on the Title and drag it into the white space below. Then click inside that element and type in your title.

Up at the top you have build. This is where you can drag the elements onto your website to build it out.

Next you have Pages. If you click on that, it will take you to a page where all your pages are. You can add, delete pages easily. Each website theme has pages that come with it already. If they don’t work for you, just simply delete them, or rename them.

If you ever want to choose a new theme you can click on the Theme option. You can also click Theme to edit your font size, kind, colors, link colors etc.

The PUBLISH button at the top right hand side is your SAVE button. Save often. as you don’t want to loose your work.

You can create columns and pretty much manipulate each page anyway you would like.

If an element gets put in the wrong place, hover over it and click on the blue x that will come up in the top right hand side.

Need to move an element to a new location? Hover over it look for the dots that appear around the element on the top middle. Click on it and drag the element to another loacation.

I think that about covers everything. I suggest before you begin to build, to drag elements onto the page as many as you can to get a feel for how it works, to practice etc.

As always, if you need help or have questions, i’m only a click away!! Happy website building!!!

WordPress Install

Hello and welcome back!!

How’s it going? It’s pretty cool to be walking you all through the step-by-step process of buying, and hosting your domain name! In my experience, many people don’t know how to do it but want to know if only they knew someone who could teach them. Well, that’s where I come in. For those of you who haven’t read about me, stop on by my About page and find out a bit about me.

Make sure you read my blog post on DNS records BEFORE you go any further on this blog post.

Today’s post is all about installing WordPress. This can be a bit daunting so bear with me as I walk you through this process. And remember, if you get stuck, contact your hosting company to help you with this process.

Make sure you have followed all my posts up until this one. You’ll need to be logged in to your Hosting account. Going to give you a step by step of what needs to happen:

  1. CPanel. Once logged in, find where it says “CPanel” click on that. Look for an option that says “Install WordPress”
  2. Choose your domain. You’ll come to a page where you choose your domain and then click install.
  3. This will again re-direct you to another page. where it will show you a bar, indicating that your website is loading.
  4. View Your Credentials. This will give you the your login website, username, password. Make sure you take notes. I suggest adding the login domain to your favorites bar on your browser
  5. Login to WordPress!
  6. Go to Appearance and themes. Choose a theme that works best for you and your needs. Don’t worry you can always change your theme if you want a new look.

Important to Note. You want to make sure and back up your website, you can go to Plugins and do a search choose the one that fits your needs the best and has the best reviews.

Also, Posts are if your going to have a blog on your site. Pages are your home page, about page, privacy page, contact page.

I hope this is helpful. Any questions, you know where to you can find me here.

 

 

DNS Records

I say it in every post I start, but…..If you haven’t had an opportunity, make sure you check out my last blog post before reading this one as they are building on each other. If you haven’t read it, you can Click Here to get easy access to it!

So now that you’ve chosen your hosting company and paid the small fee associated with that company to host your website, it’s time to connect your domain and you’re hosting company – get them talking to each other.

That sounds really complicated. Granted there are quite a few steps in the process, but if you follow them, you can’t go wrong. And even if you do, there are great customer service reps just a phone call away.

Every hosting company is just a little bit different, but it’s pretty much the same across the board. You don’t have to understand it, just follow the directions – if you get stuck, contact your hosting company for help! – Cool let’s get started.

Here are the steps to changing the NameServers:

  1. Check and open your email from your hosting company – sometimes it’s in spam so check ALL your folders.
  2. Find where it says DNS records – there should be two
  3. Log in to your Hosting Company AND your Registrar company
  4. On your registrar, there should be an option that says to manage your domains. Click that
  5. Find your domain and click on it. It will open up all the details for your domain. Scroll down to where it says DNS Records or NameServers
  6. Go back to your email, copy the first DNS Record
  7. Go to your Registrar, and change the firs record – paste in the new DNS Record
  8. Rinse and repeat
  9. Save when you’re done.

Note: It can take anywhere from 24-48 hours for your domain and hosting company to propogate the domain. But usually I’ve found that it works instantly.

You should be able to go to your domain name type it in, in Google and it should come up with a message saying where it’s parked, or being hosted at.

There you have it. It can be more complicated than that sometimes, but for the most part, it’s pretty easy to do. And don’t worry, you can’t mess it up. The support service for the companies are incredibly helpful

If you do have a question, you can always get in touch with me Here.

Cool.

Have a great day and I’ll see ya on the next blog post!

In Sync

Welcome back! How are you doing?

It’s good to have you hear visiting my blog – Computer Talk Forum!! I love the Internet and I love educating people on it as well.

If you haven’t had an opportunity, make sure you check out my last blog post before reading this one as they are building on each other. If you haven’t read it, you can Click Here to get easy access to it!

Alright, Hosting Your Domain. All you need to know about this process will be covered here in this post.

My last post ended with me suggesting a few hosting companies. Pick any of them. Basically the pricing is all pretty much the same.

Visit the website and click the option  that says “click here to get started.” Or something along those lines.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Are you going to use this hosting company for just one domain or multiple domains?
  • If multiple domains, usually the middle package is the perfect choice.
  • If you’re just hosting one domain, choose the cheapest package.
  • You will be charged for a year at a time. But you can get a bigger savings by choosing a 2 year or even 3 year option

Here is What You Don’t Want To Do.

  • Definitely avoid the up-sell options. You don’t need to buy anything extra here. You just need the hosting.
  • With that being said, after you’ve chosen your package, make sure you’re on the lookout for little checked boxes.
  • Avoid the checked boxes. Wait no – make sure to uncheck those boxes

I think that’s pretty much all you need to know here. I’m taking you slowly and methodically through this process so as not to overwhelm you.

Gotta run. My video game is calling my name, but remember……

If you have any questions, Hit me up Here! I’m always willing to pause my game to answer a question or two!!!

See ya on the next post.

 

What the Heck do I do Next?

 

Well the next step in this entire process, is Registering and Hosting Your Domain Name!

Hey, what’s up!

If you missed my last post on what a URL is and how to select your domain name, you probably want to check it out by Clicking Here.

So this blog entry will be all about Hosting your new domain name. I promise I’ll do my best to keep this from being so dry and boring while not loosing the information piece.

Sound good?

Okay great here we go!!!

So once you buy your name which is called Registering it from NameSilo or GoDaddy, it’s time to host it.

This process, actually confused me at first. I didn’t understand the difference between the two and why I had to register the domain name and then host it.

So let me compare the process to a car. Yep a car. I think this will help you understand how this process works.

You have a brand new car. It just got delivered to your house! All nice and shiny and parked in your driveway!

But…. The guy who dropped off the car took the keys with him. Now the car is useless, it’s just parked in your driveway collecting dust.

This is what happens when you buy your domain name. You have parked it. It will just sit and collect dust so to speak if you don’t do anything else with it. If someone searches online for your exact domain name by typing in the URL: www.domainname.com, a page will appear that says this domain is parked courtesy of GoDaddy or NameSilo, depending on where you the person bought it from.

In order to drive your car, for it to be useful, for you to enjoy it, you need the keys to turn on the engine. This is where the hosting company comes in. In order to use your domain name and create a website, you need a hosting company. The hosting company provides you with the key to use your new domain name and is the next process in creating a website!

Not all hosting companies are created equal. Just like not all cars are created equal. If you’re going to buy a car, you want it to be reliable. To turn on each time, you turn the key in the ignition. You don’t want to deal with it breaking down on you all the time, because it just becomes more of a pain than an asset. That’s not why you bought the car.

Whoever you host your domain through, needs to be reliable. You want to make sure your website loads fast, isn’t going down all the time. You need your hosting company to be reliable.

So here are a couple of Hosting Companies I would recommend.

  • Host Gator
  • Host Monster
  • Blue Host

There are many more hosting companies, this is just a few. You can also host more than one domain through these companies. Depending on the plan you choose, you could host 1 up to unlimited domains.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I made this process more understandable than before. My advice, is to actually walk through this process. Just the act of doing it will help you understand it more and cement it into your memory.

If you want to get in touch with me I’m just a Click away!