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