This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up (register and host) your website, be it a corporate website, blog, e-commerce store or even a portfolio website to showcase your work.
I will show you how to register your domain name and host your website. Above all, I will show you why it is important that you do this yourself.
Before we go further, I have to make a distinction between what you are about to learn and web design. This is not a web design tutorial.
Web design usually takes place after domain registration and hosting. You can design your own website if you have the skills or you can get a professional to do it for you. But for domain registration and web hosting, I believe it’s best you do it yourself.
So what is domain registration?
First of all, what is a domain name?
A domain name is what you choose to call your website. Although there are generally recommended steps to follow, how you arrive at your own domain name is entirely up to you.
Think of a domain name as your business name on the internet. Facebook.com is a domain name. So is Google.com, nextnaijaentrepreneur.com, auto.com, in fact, any website address you know is a domain name.
For you to have a website, you will need to register your domain with a domain registrar. A domain registrar regulates the registration of domain names on the internet. An example, one which I use, is namecheap.com. You can register a domain name (.com) for under $10/year.
I will show you how to register your domain name after I explain what web hosting is.
What is web hosting?
Web hosting is more like providing housing for your domain name or getting a space where you will store all your website files so they will always be accessible whenever someone visits your website. Web hosting makes it possible for people to see your site when they enter your domain name on their browser.
There are many web hosting companies you can choose from and here is the most important reason you need to set up your website by yourself. You need to carefully choose your web hosting company because your website starts to fail the moment you choose an unreliable web host.
Even if you hire a professional to design your website, you can choose your own host, register with your own information and then provide your web designer with access to do what they have to do.
How to register and host your website
So to set up your website you will be doing these 2 things, and you can do them in the next 15 minutes:
- Register your domain
- Subscribe for a web hosting account
Fortunately, you can kill the 2 birds with one stone, and snap up a cool discount while you are at it, if you follow my recommendation.
I use iPage for my web hosting; I have recommended them to all my clients and none has given me a negative review till this present day. They have the most competitive price in the industry starting at an amazing $1.99/month (this is subject to the length of your subscription)
IPage’s most amazing feature is their 24/7 live chat support. As a beginner, you will need support. You might run into a technical problem and the last thing you want to do is submit a ticket and wait 5 hours while someone gets back to you.
For this tutorial, we will focus on how to register and host your website with iPage web hosting.
Step 1: Check for domain availability
The good thing about iPage web hosting is they offer you one year of domain registration on the house. That is, you get your first year of domain registration free. This alone saves you $10.
When you get to iPage website, click on Sign Up. You will be taken to the page in the image below.
Select the first option >>Register a new domain. Then enter your preferred domain name in the space provided and click on “check availability”.
If you already registered a domain name with a separate domain registrar like namecheap, then select the second option to use a domain you already own. Click on check availability and proceed to the next step where you enter your billing information.
Step 2: enter billing information
On the second step, you enter your billing information. You should make sure that your billing information matches the information you enter on payment. It is not so much of a big deal but if the information does not match, iPage will require you to upload proof of identity showing you have permission from the owner to use the card or PayPal account. It is only an identity theft prevention measure.
When you enter your payment information, you select a subscription plan. I always uncheck all the additional services. Once you do that, proceed to checkout.
That’s it. If everything goes well, you will receive a welcome email from iPage with further instructions on how to access your account.
If you would like to start a WordPress blog, follow the instructions in this video to learn how to install WordPress on iPage web hosting.
The process is quite simple.
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