G’day and welcome to Part 2 of the article I posted yesterday about Domain Names and Web Hosting (Shared Hosting).
You’ll be using this information almost every day in your home business, so it’s really important you understand. In fact it’s 10 times more important than knowing HTML (HyperText Markup Language).
I’m also talking here about knowing your hosting cPanel, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and uploading files to your web space. I bet you’ve seen “uploading files to your web space” and thought “I wish I knew that”.
Video tutorials are coming very soon. Then you need to practice and get “hands on”. Be wary of some YouTube videos…there are lots of “experts” out there handing out wrong information.
1. You need to be inventive just like choosing Twitter and Facebook user names.
When choosing a domain name (www.domainname.com) to describe your niche or website) you should try to combine as much as possible, your business name, your niche and words that tell people what your blog or website is about.
These words are keywords which are words or phrases that people actually use when searching on the Internet so you and/or your site can be found. If you’re not found you’re DEAD!
Last week I registered www.faststarthomebusiness.biz
This domain clearly states the niche and has keywords “fast start” and “start home business”.
2. Sometimes your choice of domain names depends on where you live and the size of your town/city.
Example: www.billsautorepairs.com could be good in a smallish town where Bill is known. But it might not work in a large city.
3. Your domain name should be as short as possible and be “catchy” so people will remember it. You can only chose from what is available (not sold already).
However it’s more important to have great keywords than to leave bits out just to create shortness.
Because so many domain names have been taken already, being “short” has become difficult. Don’t panic , you can maybe use a different extension like .org, .info .ws , .co or .biz if .com or .net are not available. .com and .net are always your first choice because they’re the most common..
The prices of domains can and does vary with your choice of extensions. Generally US$5 to US$10.
4.Keep in mind that 400 new file extensions are being released progressively. Examples are .blog, .guru, .expert, .business, .club, .email. .city, .photography, and .life
You can buy any of these right now at: http://kevinreallylikes.com/GoDaddy
5.”Words” can be letters or numbers. You can’t use special characters and you can’t leave spaces between words only hyphens/dashes.
Remember that lower case (small letters) letters applies always. Even if you type in upper case (capital or large letters) they will be converted to lower case.
www.healthandbeauty.com is OK; www.healthnbeauty.com is OK; so is
www.health-beauty.com but www.health&beauty.com is not OK because it
contains the special @ character.
You might have http://sarasbeautyparlor.com
People know what you mean even if you left out the ‘ in saras.
You could have chosen www.healthnfitness4u.com which is OK if still available!
Otherwise use .net or whatever is available.
6.My first and main blog is at http://kevin-johnston.com which is the URL for the domain www.kevin-johnston.com. My name was taken so I had to use a hyphen/dash between first and last names.
URL is a specific character string, is your web address, and means Uniform Resource Locator.
Think of a URL as a domain name with bits added on. My computer monitor is 24 inch, and I see URL’s nearly as wide!
7.You should always start with a domain which is your actual name. You should do this right NOW before you miss out! Your actual name domain is the best choice for your first blog especially if you haven’t chosen your niche yet.
It’s also very handy as a test site, for redirecting affiliate links or for creating multiple blogs.
You create your blog, then add theme, plugins and widgets. When you’ve got your blog how you want, you can clone it so you have 100’s of blogs.
After that it’s just a matter of adding content to suit your niche/s.
8. http:// is the protocol (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) but you don’t have to remember all this techno stuff. Some people just like to know.
9. Web hosting usually means shared hosting as against having a more expensive dedicated server.
It’s just like sharing a rented unit or house. Sharing equals cheaper.
10. Your domain registrar/hosting provider maintains your web space on the Internet and keeps it visible to the public, using giant computer servers. If you are not seen then you sure aren’t going to sell anything.
Your domain name by itself won’t make you visible. You have to put something on it like a blog or website. Otherwise it’s like having an empty block of land with no house.
11. I have used all the popular or big domain registrars/hosting providers for domain purchases and hosting. I do have a lot of domains with GoDaddy but their renewals costs are very expensive so watch this.
HostGator has won a great many awards and they are currently hosting about 10 million domains. I love them. Their technical support replies are great but a bit slow like GoDaddy.
They are here: http://kevinreallylikes.com/gator
Theirstarter hosting packages are very cheap, and you only need the baby package. We are talking shared hosting here as with the others, but their domain prices are the highest.
Overall, regarding cost, allow US$10 for a domain name, and US$10-12 per month for shared hosting which is all you need.
I’m super-impressed with D9 Hosting which John Thornhill also uses. You might not know them because they are in the UK, but technical support tickets are responded to lightning fast.
I’m in Australia which is a different time zone, but day or night, I get a reply back within 1 hour. Superb service and so helpful.
D9 was set up by Dan and Paula both of whom are experienced Internet Marketers and bloggers. WordPress experts as well. Paula also is John Thornhill’s customer support manager.
D9 Hosting are here: http://kevinreallylikes.com/d9
12. When you buy your domain and hosting package, it takes a day or two for your host to set up everything, and notify the search engines. You then receive your “welcome letter” (2 to 4 pages) by email with all your login details especially about your cPanel and FTP.
Don’t lose this email, it’s important. Your cPanel desktop has about 9 rows of icons, and looks like the screen of your iPad, tablet or Smartphone.
Your cPanel is where you can create blogs (even micro-blogs) and websites, upload files to the Internet/your web space (refer FTP=file transfer protocol), setup email accounts and web mail, forwarding, redirections, setup add-on or sub-domains, etc.
It also contains information about your domain nameservers (refer DNS). You need at least two.
A nameserver is a server containing software and zone files which resolve your domain names to IP numbers.
It’s important to understand that usually you have a user name and password for your client area, and a different user name and password for your cPanel. Make sure you record these securely.
Regarding Namecheap, I have never heard a bad word about them, and I really like them. Great prices.
Check them out here: http://kevinreallylikes.com/namecheap
Usually you have to pay yearly for hosting, US$110-120, but the last time I used them, you could pay monthly.
13. Here is the link again for GoDaddy: http://kevinreallylikes.com/GoDaddy
Now suppose you buy a domain name from GoDaddy but you want to use D9 or HostGator for the shared hosting. You need to change the nameservers so they point to D9 or HosGator.
Here is what to do:
Login to your Godaddy account and go to Domains
Click on launch/manage domains and your list of domains will appear
Click on your selected domain name
Click on nameservers then manage
Select Custom then change the 2 nameservers to the ones from D9 or HostGator
Click Save then it takes 1-2 hours for the changes to take effect.
Your new nameservers will look something like:
ns23.d9hosting.com and ns24.d9hosting.com
ns29.hostgator.com and ns30.hostgator.com
I hope the information I’m providing is helping you.