Just Starting Out: Domain Name and Hosting

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When you are just starting out, it is often difficult to know where to turn to for help or what to do. So this mini series Just Starting Out will help you to take those very early steps towards owning your own website. In this first edition we will be looking at buying a domain name and hosting service. If there is anything specific you are struggling with and you would like me to share my tips and tricks, please leave a comment below or email me!

BUYING A DOMAIN NAME

When buying a domain name, you need to know that you are just buying the www. name and not the hosting too (which is the space that your content sits). Some companies offer hosting and domain name packages but I find buying them separately works just as well and can sometimes be cheaper.

GoDaddy is my favourite domain name provider. It is worldwide, affordable and there are never any problems with them! Simply head to their site, select your country in the top left corner, this link is set to Australia, to ensure you are looking at prices in your currency and enter a desired name into the search bar.

A list of extensions will come up for you to choose from. I always recommend .com but I also like .net. I only recommend .org for organisations and other extensions can be difficult for readers and clients to remember.

BUYING HOSTING

I recommend using JustHost.com for your hosting. They are really well priced for space and are super reliable. I have been a customer of Just Host for about four years now and I cannot recall a single period of downtime other than scheduled maintenance, which as really quick, so much so that I didn't even notice! The thing I like most about JustHost.com is it's control panel. It is really user friendly and easy to navigate. I have also heard great things about BlueHost.com. Which ever host you choose, it's a good idea to look at the amount of space you are getting - it is easy to find cheap unlimited space hosting these days, so I wouldn't be settling for anything less!

If you are going to follow this Just Starting Out series, I recommend that you do stick with GoDaddy and JustHost.com. I am not affiliated with either of these companies in anyway, so you know my recommendation is genuine!

Stay tuned for the next post in this series: Nameservers.

(Please Note: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this post.)