The Complete Guide To Registering Your Domain Name And Setting Up Your Web Host

November 24, 2011 by  Filed under: Domain 

Registering your domain name is one of the most important steps in your business. I remember when I did this it was almost symbolic of freedom. The domain name basically represented my business identity.

In this article I would like to go through the basics of setting up your web hosting and linking it to your registered domain name. I suggest you find a host that registers domain names cheaply. Some of them charge very high prices. I recommend Dotster or Godaddy as they have very competitive prices.

Once you decide on a Registrar you need to come up with a very good domain name. This will represent your business entity. It is very important that you choose one that accurately represents your business.

For example if you were running a used Chevrolet car dealership you could call the name usedchevroletcars.com. This is a real important part. Can you imagine ever typing a different domain name in your browser for Google. The point that I am trying to make is that this will build your brand.

Usually you will first have to do a search to see if your name has already been registered before. If it has I suggest that you choose a name that is available. The way that this works is once it has been registered it connects the name to your i.p. address where your website sits. So for example think of this like a post box. When you mail somebody you need to send them a letter to a postal address. When somebody types your site in the browser they get redirected to your website.

Finally, once you have completed payment it usually takes anywhere from 24 hours to 72 hours for the name to propagate over the internet. The last step is that you need to enter your website DNS details in the setup.

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