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1.2 Set up a new website
To set up a new website, you need to choose a domain name, register it through a domain name registrar, and choose a website hosting service.
Choose a domain nameThe domain name is your website’s address on the web so choose a good one that is:
- Descriptive: Think about the name of your company and the content you’ll put on your site. The domain name is one of the first things people notice about a site so it should provide a good idea what your site’s about at a glance.
- Easy to remember: Keep the domain name short and simple. If it’s long and complicated, it’ll be hard for people to remember.
- Adaptable: A domain name is likely be tied to your site for a long time so choose one that will work if your site’s content changes over time. If Brandon eventually plans to include other collectibles, brandonscollectibles.com would be a better domain name than brandonsbaseballcards.com.
Choose a domain name registrar and hosting provider
A domain name registrar offers domain names for public use. A hosting provider rents out space on servers to store websites and make them accessible on the internet. Many companies offer both domain name registration and hosting services so you can pick your domain name and host your website through one central hub. There are many companies and bundle options available so make sure to research carefully before making your selection.
Here are some things to consider as you choose a reliable hosting provider:
- Uptime: Uptime is the amount of time servers belonging to your hosting provider are up and running. Any hosting provider can go down sometimes but you want to find a provider with very little downtime so visitors can almost always see your website.
- Bandwidth: Bandwidth shows how much data your site can send to the rest of the internet and determines how much traffic your site can support. Some hosting providers limit the bandwidth available to your website while others allow unlimited access.
- Security: Familiarize yourself with safeguards the hosting provider sets in place to protect your site from external vulnerabilities. Understand if support will be offered when a security issue arises, such as if your site is hacked or infected by malware.
- Customer support: If something goes wrong with your site, you'll want good customer support to resolve any issues quickly.
- Price: Hosting providers charge a wide range of prices; some are even free. You need to balance how much you're willing to pay with the services you’ll receive in return.
- Ease of use: Make sure the user platform is intuitive and easy to use for your needs. If you’re creating a site yourself, is it easy to get started or do you need to have advanced setup knowledge?
- Additional services and features: Make sure the hosting provider offers the things your website may need, such as email accounts.
There are also free ways to create a website. Free website providers, such as Blogger and Google Sites, provide domain names and hosting for free. If you have a small business in the U.S., you can visit Get Your Business Online to register a free website for one year. Keep in mind that free website providers sometimes offer webmasters less control over their site. You will need to decide which option is best for your type of website.
Once you have a domain name and a hosting provider, there may be additional technical steps to link your domain name with your hosting service. You can usually get help from your hosting provider. After you’ve linked your domain name and your hosting service, you're all set to start creating your website!