How to get Your Website on the Internet

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Registering a domain name

Before getting a website you need to have a domain name. This has to be a unique name. Think of it like your email or home address. This is how someone will find your website out there in that huge abyss called the internet. The first step to creating your domain is coming up with a great name that will explain your website or branding.

Apart from the domain having a name they also have an extension, this is the .com, .gov or .edu at the end of the name. The most popular is the .com extension. You hear people saying I started a .com business for example. If you have an educational website you might want to use the .edu extension. In addition to these common extensions, there can also be a country code extension such as .us (United States), .co.uk (United Kingdom) or .de (Germany).

All domains must be registered with a domain registrar. There are hundreds of registrars and their prices vary considerably. The registrar that I use is Namecheap. Another popular is GoDaddy. The list is a way too long to mention on this page, but if you go to the InterNIC website they have hundreds of sites.

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Create a private email on Namecheap

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Pointing Namecheap Domain to Bluehost

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Hosting your website

Now that your domain is registered you need to host your website. Like domain registrars, they’re thousands of web hosting companies. The hosting company that I’m using is BlueHost. The hosting company you choose will depend on what type of website you have. For example, BlueHost does an excellent job at hosting WordPress websites. Maybe you have a Joomla website and may want to use a different hosting company. If you are not sure contact the hosting company to see if all your needs are met.

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