Are you ready to get a website for your company? It really is a simple process and will not take you very long to get it up and running.
Here you will find step-by-step instructions to set up a website in a very short time. You will find easy to follow instructions, along with videos to help you. This page will walk you through the process of selecting a domain name, purchasing a domain name, setting up web hosting, and linking the two together. Lets get started!
The links to get a domain name and web hosting go to our Hosting Company that we set up specifically for our clients. We offer the packages that will fit your business model and give you exactly what you need without the extra cost.
Get a Domain Name
Select a Domain Name
The first thing you will need is a domain name. It is very important that you select a domain name that will be easy to remember for your clients and that will reflect the nature of your business.
Many local companies make the mistake of creating a domain name that only consists of their business name. If you want to get your website ranked well for your type of business or service, then a little more thought should go into it.
Let’s say that you own a self defense training school in Dallas, and your company name is Smith Training Academy. Having a domain name of, smithtrainingacademy dot whatever, would rank well for that exact phrase. Anyone who was looking for your school by your name would find you with no problem, but the people who were looking for a school who didn’t know about your company would not.
So, a better domain name would be selfdefensetrainingindallas dot whatever. Having a domain like this will help you rank easily for your business type and location and allow people to find your company in their search. This should be the domain that you build your website on. Then you could get another domain name that is your company name and forward it to the elf defense domain. This way, anyone who types into their browser the name of your company would end up on your main site too.
Purchasing a Domain Name
You will purchase a domain name from a Domain Registrar. There are many different places to buy a domain name and most are about the same. The one thing to pay close attention to is how much it will cost to renew the domain the following year. Many companies who advertise domain names for less than $10 will charge you $40 or more to renew it the next year. So make sure that the cost to renew is the same as what you purchase it for.
You can purchase a domain name and renew it annually for $11.00 here at purchase a domain name.
Get Web Hosting
Web hosting is like the house that your website will live in. It is the server that all of your website files will be stored and accessed. This server is called the web host.
After you have purchased a domain name you must point the DNS settings to your web hosting server. DNS is, Domain Name Servers. When someone types the name of your website into their browser, this setting will tell the browser where your files are and load your website for viewing.
Most web hosting companies are basically the same. Many times it is only the monthly cost that is different for providing the same services. Most local company websites will only require a small amount of bandwidth and web space. So committing to a large and expensive plan per month is often not necessary and should be less than $10 per month.
You can get a great hosting plan here for only $8.95 per month at business web hosting.
How To Set Your DNS Server Settings
Once you have purchased your domain and set up a hosting account, you must point the DNS servers of your domain to your new hosting account. The DNS settings in your registrar account are usually set to there default servers until you change them.
The following steps will walk you through the process.
When you signed up for your hosting account, they should have sent you an email that contained your control panel details, login details, and your name servers. These are the numbers that usually start with NS1 and NS2. You will need these to continue.
- Log in to your Registrar account, where you purchased your domain, and go to “Manage DNS Settings”
- Find the section for “custom DNS settings”.
- Enter both, the NS1 and NS2 numbers here and click save.
If you purchased your domain through the link above, view this tutorial.
If you have already purchased a domain from another registrar, follow the link below and go to Domain Management and find your registrar on the list. Then simply watch the corresponding video for the one you are using.
==> View all tutorial videos of how to set your DNS Servers.
That is all there is to it. Now your domain is pointing to your hosting servers and you can now begin installing your website files. Sometimes it can take up to 18 hrs for the change to take place. Many times though, it will change in about 15 minutes.
Building Your Website
Now that you have a domain name and hosting set up, you have many choices as to what kind of website to build. There are many platforms you can choose from. The most popular are Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. Depending on your needs, one of these will be your best choice.
You can also use a site builder software that comes with most hosting plans. This software can help you get a website setup in minutes but is not always your best choice. You should think bout what you want your website to accomplish.
==> View a demo of an easy-to-use site builder.
Our Choice is WordPress
In our experience, we have found that a WordPress website offers the greatest flexibility and offers the most benefits for a website owner. They are easy to set up, customize, maintain and to make changes to. With WordPress you also have the option to create a blog. Blogging has become one of the best ways to further your website exposure. WordPress is also loved by search engines and tends to rank very quickly and very well.
==> View tutorial on How to Set Up WordPress.
If you have followed the instructions here, then you now have a domain name, set up hosting and are ready to load the website platform of your choice. If you are a local business owner, then we suggest that you have a website and a blog. This will give your company the greatest exposure to your market place.
If you would like for us to set up and build your website for you, please call today at (214) 469-5418 or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the details of what you are needing.
For a basic idea of cost, visit Website Design Pricing.
All of our websites are built custom to your specifications and come with full SEO Services added for no extra charge. This is a bonus that many website designers do not include. It is our goal to give you a great looking website, but more important, a website that will rank well in the searches and bring you customers.
If you choose to build your own website, be sure to pick up your free copy of SEO Made Easy. It will show you the exact steps to create a website that will rank high on the search engines.
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