Domain Names/Hosting

In order to start your blog or your website, you first need a domain name – which is the website address that you will use for your blog or website.  This will be the ONLY thing you have to pay for to get started.  Everything else you can do for no money if you have to.

This apparently is scary for some people.  I can honestly say that there is nothing to it.  You need a name for your business which is your website address, your domain name.  You need a place to store the information that you have on your website and a “server” to keep it out on the internet.  That is why you need a hosting company.  It’s eazy peazy!

You want your domain name (your website address) to identify you or your passion.  Really think about what you would name your business before just selecting a random name.

I am “branding” the GypsyRoseFree name  – all my social media is the same name.  I came up with the name because I feel like I want to be “gypsy-like” and just travel, my name is Rose and I want to be “free” to do whatever I want to do – whenever I want to do it – and where ever I want to do it.  So I came up with the name GypsyRoseFree!

All of my marketing material is GypsyRoseFree so it was obvious that would be my website name.  If you are going to blog about yourself, or sell your own products, then using your name or the name of your product would be great for your website address.

You now have a choice for the “ending” or “suffix” of your website address – I wanted to be different so I chose .website for mine.  But I also registered gypsyrosefree.com – because some people will automatically type .com when they type my website address.  So either way, you will get to my website.

There are ton of endings now – you can have things like .info, .io, .store, etc.  Pick the one that fits your business the best.  But I would get the .com if it is available.  If it is not, that means someone else is using the dot com name you chose, and it might get confusing.  So try to register one that has the .com ending.

If you intend on being a “local” presence, maybe making large products that buyers would pick up from you, you might consider putting the location into your website address.  That would be good for search engine optimization.  For instance, if a dentist has his office in Atlanta, he might choose DrAllenDentistAtlanta.com as his website address.  Because when someone needs a dentist in Atlanta, they will search for “Dentist in Atlanta” and Dr. Allen would always come up in the search results – mostly on the first page of Google.

Let me explain how search engines work.

Think of search engines like spiders.  When someone types something in the search box, the search engine (the spider body) sends out all its legs into cyber space to find the closest matching results.  They look for a few different things.

These “spiders” look for the website address with as close a match to the search term as possible.  They also look for the most “relevant” and “current” activity on a website.  Which is why having a blog page is so important – if you are updating your blog page a few times a week, the search engine spiders will pick your website over another close match that has no activity.

I have 2 choices for your domain name and hosting companies.

I have used both of these companies and have never had problems with either of them.

I have used Bluehost for the past 15 years (at least) and love this company.  BlueHost has been my favorite domain/hosting company for a really long time.  Bluehost has reliable service and you can get hosting for $3.95 per month if you pay for 2 or 3 years at a time.  Just CLICK HERE for that great deal!

Bluehost.com Web Hosting $3.95

The other company that I am using now is Namecheap.com because they are a lot less expensive than Bluehost.    So if you don’t have a lot of money starting out, I would go with them.

Namecheap.com – you can get your domain name for less than $10 (sometimes they have great sales – I got mine for $3.88.  They have hosting packages for $9.88 per year.  This is the company that I am using for this website.  Just CLICK HERE for a great deal!

Namecheap.com

Here are step-by-step instructions on what to do at either of these sites:

First you will go to either BLUEHOST or NAMECHEAP and go to the signup page.  Here is where you will search to see if the domain name you have selected is available.  Once you have found your domain name(s) that are available, it will ask you for your information.

I can tell you that the search engines like to see the longer registration periods because it means you feel that you will be in business past one year.  The longer your registration period is, the less monthly fee it is.  Even though you see the monthly price for the plans, you will pay for the entire period that you choose.  So if you choose the 12 month plan, you will pay for all 12 months at one time.  If you choose the 36 month plan, you will pay for the entire 36 months but at a reduced rate.

Namecheap is so cheap that you might think about doing a few years at a time.

When you are done with that, click on COMPLETE.  Now the page will come up to create your password.  Click on CREATE YOUR PASSWORD – type in the password twice and click on COMPLETE.

So now that you have your domain name and hosting, you are ready to start building your website.

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