How To Buy Your First Domain Name and Hosting: A Step-By-Step Guide

Introduction:

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So you’ve decided to start a blog. Perhaps you have a passion, hobby, or skill that you think other people might like to read about. The great thing about the internet is that it gives everyone the opportunity to share their ideas with the world and build a following of people who are interested in what they have to say. But it isn’t quite so simple as just opening a Word document and getting typing. You need to buy some domain names and web hosting, get your blog set up on a website, and then promote it until your fingers are practically falling off. How do you even begin? If this is the first time you’ve heard of domain names or hosting, or if they seem like words from another language, don’t panic! We’ll explain everything you need to know.

Why do you need a domain name?

In short, a domain name is like an address for the internet. It’s what people type into their browser to get to your blog. Every website has a domain name, even the big media outlets, like the BBC, CNN, and Buzzfeed. You can think of them as being like a postal address – without them, no one knows where to send your content. You need to have a domain name if you want to have a blog. You can’t use a free service like Blogspot or WordPress.com because they won’t give you your own address. You will be assigned a random address and people will have to go out of their way to find you. If you start building a following and want to make money from your blog, you need to own your own domain name.

What is hosting?

Hosting is where your blog physically lives on the internet. If you want your blog to be accessible to people around the world, you need to buy web hosting. It’s like renting a house from a company that lets you put your blog there and pays for the utilities. You don’t own the house, but you can live in it for as long as you need. Or, in our analogy, as long as you pay for it. In return, the company hosting your blog gets to put ads on your site and make money from them. Some hosting companies allow you to put your own ads on your blog, which is a much better deal, but not all do. You will also have to buy your own domain name and pay for a content management system (aka, the system that lets you write your posts and edit the look of your site). You can buy hosting as a standalone service or with a domain name. If you buy hosting and a domain name together, it’s called a hosting package. You can also buy just hosting and, if you already own a domain name, you can transfer it to your new server.

Which hosting plan should you get?

The hosting plan you choose will ultimately depend on how many visitors you expect your blog to get. The more readers you get, the more your host will charge you. To give you an idea of how much people are paying for hosting, the average blog gets around 50 visitors a day. For a basic blog, with 2-3 posts a week, you can get away with a shared hosting plan that charges you around $5-10 a month like bluehost. If you’re planning on having lots of images and videos, or you want to start a website that’s really popular, or you plan to use it for an eCommerce site, you’ll need to get a VPS or dedicated server . The price for these servers can range from $50 a month to thousands of dollars a month, so you might want to start small and invest in more as you grow.

How to buy your first domain name

A domain name is like the address you give to the hosting company to tell them where to put your blog. It’s a good idea to buy a domain name that’s related to your blog topic, to make it easier for people to find you. It’s also a good idea to make sure no one else has the same domain name, so they can’t outrank you. There are plenty of websites you can use to find and buy a domain name like Namecheap. You can even buy one through your hosting company. The prices vary, depending on the name, but you can generally expect to pay around $10-$50. Note that if you’re using a domain name that has ‘.com’ at the end, you will also have to pay for a yearly registration fee.

How to buy your first piece of hosting

If you’re buying a hosting plan with a domain name, you’ll have to buy them together. Otherwise, you can just buy hosting and transfer your domain name to it. The process is the same for both, but keep in mind that transferring your domain name means you’ll lose the old address. Make sure you buy hosting from a company that you can trust, and make sure the terms are clear like Bluehost or Hostinger. Make sure you read the reviews from other people who have used the company, to make sure you aren’t getting scammed.

Summary

Now, you’re probably itching to get started. But before you do, take a deep breath and make sure you have everything you need to set up a blog. Once you have your domain name and hosting, you can install a simple blogging platform on your website. This will allow you to easily write posts and publish them on the internet, without needing any tech skills. There are lots of blogging platforms out there, such as WordPress, Squarespace, and Medium. Once you’ve chosen one, you’re ready to hit publish!

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