There are three things that you should have in mind in order to get your website on the Internet; domain name, content and hosting. When taking a look at all the domain name extensions, the register terms, hosting services and all technical terminology (like PHP, FTP and more), the picture gets confusing and the great idea of having your own website suddenly looks challenging and rather nerve-racking.
Join us in transforming all the process into a few simple, practical and helpful steps.
1. The aim of your own website
First of all, you have to know and list the reasons why you thought of a website in the first place. Was it because you wanted to share pieces of writing or maybe photographs with friends and family? Or was it with the intention of selling online?
2. Choose a domain name
Once you have made up your mind about the objective of the site, it will be so much easier to find a proper domain name (for instance, the name of the website). Distrust if the hosting provider offers you a free website name. It will sound good to have this step solved for you, but probably the name of your website will be a derivation of the hosting company, for instance; “www.serviceprovider.com/subfolder/…/yourmemberID”. This is not very appealing for a website name.
It is a usual misinterpretation that you can obtain a free domain name.
Whereas there are fully free web hosting providers, to register a domain name is not for free. If you want to use “http://www.yourname.com”, there is an amount of money that has to be paid to the .COM Registry. By doing so, you will have the guarantee that your domain name will be yours for the period that the registration lasts.
There are many options you can use if the one you wanted is not available (like .net, .com, .org, .biz, .info or even .ca, .us, etc.) The list is quite extensive. The most common are .net and .com and people often chance between these two if the one they wanted is not available. This is completely your decision. If you were thinking of a website to share information, you should probably go with .info, whereas if you are working on a business, .biz might be the best.
3. What you need
Are you expecting a considerable amount of visitors per day? And by this, we refer to thousands. Are there a lot of photos or maybe files that will be shared with the visitors? If the answer to these two is yes, then go thinking about investing in generous bandwidth and plenty of disk space.
In the case that you are planning to have an online store and accept costumers’ credit card information, give a thought to advance security options like SSL certificate. If you need more information about setting up a store online, click on the “Free Web Hosting and Ecommerce” article.
On the other hand, if this is the first website you have and you are only experimenting, then you will follow a rather short list; you will just need a free web hosting plan. Having a free web hosting plan will guarantee the basic needs for a website without unnecessary additions.
4. Locate a well-known free web hosting service
After having figured out what you need, the next step is coming across a reputable web host. Service providers can be found at many different places. One option is performing a Google search for “free web hosting company”. If you do so, bear in mind that the fact that some of the companies are at the top of the list, this does not mean that they are the safest and most reliable. The best option is always shopping around or asking people for references.
There are some essential things that a free hosting plan should do:
- Allowing you to have a domain name of your own. Remember the example of a website called under the domain of the server.
- Not forcing you to have ad banner on your site.
- Having web hosting storage ( 100MB should be enough for a beginner)
- Coming with bandwidth or data transfer (1000Mb is sufficient for beginners)
- Supplying email service. After having a domain name of your own, you will be able to have accounts under @yourdomain.com
When you have found a free web hosting provider that works for what you need, you can get started with all the design of your website and feel the fun and entertainment that a website brings.