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. Hostinger offers a FREE domain registration for the first year of your first domain.
I use Hostinger 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 $2.15/month (this is subject to the length of your subscription)
Hostinger’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 Hostinger web hosting.
Step 1: Sign up for a hosting account
The good thing about Hostinger 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.
So the first thing to do is to go to Hostinger now and check out their services.
When you get to the homepage, click on Get Started Now. You will be taken to their price comparison page where you select the feature you want.
I have a Premium web hosting account with Hostinger and I would readily recommend it to anyone. If you are just starting out, however, you can start with their cheaper Single Web Hosting account.
You can always upgrade your account later.
There are a few things I like about Hostinger web hosting:
Their account sign up process is fast and easy. You can sign up with your Gmail or Facebook account. This means you don’t have to fill long tiring forms.
Their checkout process is just as fast and simple. They make everything so easy.
When you select your account and make payment, they have a step-by-step instruction process to guide you until you register your domain (or direct your DNS properly if you use a different domain registrar like NameCheap), and install WordPress or any other software you want.
The process is quite simple.
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