What Is A Domain Name?
In very short terms, a domain name is part of a larger Internet address called a URL. For example my domain name is successfulbusinessonline.org. My url is https://successfulbusinessonline.org ! Each website has a domain name that serves as an address, which is used to access the website. A domain name is like a wonderful virtual piece of real estate! =) All domain names have a domain suffix, such as .com, .net, or .org (which are the most famous and rank the best on google/yahoo/bing).
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A good domain name can help you build a brand that will stick in your customers minds and help define your target market. If you’re thinking of starting an online business, finding a memorable name can be a great way of boosting your chances of success. However, coming up with a great business and domain name can be one of the most challenging aspects of starting a new online business. Why? Because the internet is a crowded place and most awesome domain names are already taken -_- !
Did you know that there are over 50 million domain names registered worldwide and that everyday, thousands of new domains are added ? This finding might make it a bit hard for you to get the name that you really want for your website but my advice on the matter is to not get discouraged, to keep calm and be creative! =)
Where To Get A Domain & at what Cost?
Domain names are relatively cheap to register, though they must be renewed every year or every few years. The good news is that anyone can register a domain name, so you can purchase a unique domain name for your blog or website.
The bad news is that nearly all domain names with common words have already been registered. Therefore, if you want to register a custom domain name, you may need to think of a creative variation.
Once you decide on a domain name and register it, the name is yours until you stop renewing it. When the renewal period expires, the domain name becomes available for others to purchase.
Most of the time a cheap domain name will cost you more to renew so I suggest going for a $10/year domain, as the price usually won’t change.
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My 1# recommendation : Namecheap
I would definitely recommend namecheap. This is where I bought all my domains (all of them cost me less than $10/year) and I’m happy with their services and support.
A Cheaper Alternative : siterubix + Wealthy Affiliate ($0)
Now, not everybody can afford to buy a domain name, especially if they’re not sure yet what they’re going to do with it. If you are considering building a website but would like to get a free domain name and see what you can do with it, enter your details below and your website will be up and running in under 30 seconds! It will also be hosted for free as you fill in your profile.
What Do You Do Once You’ve Bought A Domain??
- Well you can sell it ! lol. I’m serious. Some people make a loooot of money by investing in domain names that they think will be worth it in the future. That is why most of the best domain names aren’t available anymore. Buying and selling domain names can be a very lucrative job!
- And then you can do what most of us do : build your website and earn money from it! But before you do that you need to know where you want your website to be hosted!
What Is Web Hosting?
Domain hosting refers to businesses that specialize in hosting domain names for individuals and companies. Domain hosting is frequently used synonymously with Web hosting since many domain hosting companies offer both services in one package, but domain names can be hosted by themselves or in conjunction with Website hosting, email hosting, game hosting and so on…
The web-hosting or server is much like the space that you rent out to have your business in. It’s merely the space itself. It does not include furnishings like shelves for your products, just as the web-hosting account doesn’t include a site for you to sell your products.
Without the hosting services, you won’t have a place for your files to reside, so your domain would then become like a disconnected phone number in the phone directory, and your site files would have nowhere to stay.
Choosing A Web Host
There aren’t a thousand different options available to you ! You can either stick with your domain host (where your purchased your domain name) or find a better one. But now why would someone want to chose a different web host than the one where they purchased their domain name? It doesn’t make any sense! lol Actually there are tons of reasons why you would want to change host :
- poor customer service
- slow load time
- poor security
- lack of features…
Which Domain Host Then? – 2 options
Option #1 :
- If you do not want to buy a domain name right now and would rather wait until you know you can actually build a website and get traffic on it (= $$), no problem! I’ve been there lol
- Simply write a domain name in the below emplacement and click the “build it now” button ! Your website will be hosted (for free) on a platform called Wealthy Affiliate and you’ll even be able to build a second website if you like.
After creating your website you are going to create a profile on Wealthy Affiliate, so the community gets to know you a little =).
Signing up is very quick and easy, all you need is your name and an email address. No downloading or credit card. Once you have registered you will be able to build two websites for free and you will have access to 10 awesome lessons on how to earn money online.
Plus as I said above, your websites will be hosted for free on Wealthy Affiliate and you’ll have 1 to 1 support from the creators and members for a week. There are more things you’ll get but I don’t want to spoil the surprise! lol. You can remain a free member forever if you like. It’s not a one week free trial !
Option #2 :
- Are you ready to build your online business & start earning money?
- If you know that you will eventually buy a domain name (for example on namecheap), you can directly get a premium membership on Wealthy Affiliate and buy a domain name on namecheap for example.
There are other websites where you can buy domain names of course (1&1, godaddy, hostgator…) but namecheap is really my most favorite one. Once you’ve done that, it’s going to be very easy to transfer your domain from namecheap (or any other web host) to Wealthy Affiliate and work on your website, with endless trainings, tools and help at your disposal.
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Well, that’s it folks! =) By now, you should know what domain names are, how much they cost and where to host them! It’s only up to you whether you want to invest in your own .com or .org domain or if you want to take the time to learn a bit more about the online world.
I hope to see you on Wealthy Affiliate. As an ambassador within the community, it will be a pleasure to welcome you to the “family” and to help you get started!
Thanks for dropping by ! =)