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How to Start a Website – Domain

I’ve had a few requests to post how we started LiveFrei.com. This will be the first in a series on how to start a website. For those that may not speak geek, a domain is the address for your website, e.g., www.livefrei.com. Hosting is where your website is physically stored. (will cover in another post)

First thing you need to decide when starting a website or blog is if you want to have an actual .com or something like LiveFrei.wordpress.com. There are several websites that offer free website domains and hosting; wordpress.com or weebly.com offer these types of services. Keep in mind that free domains and hosting have certain limitations for storage and bandwidth.

Go Daddy Deal of the Week: Get 30% off your order! Offer expires 8/14/12.LiveFrei.com’s domain name was bought through godaddy.com. It’s a fairly simple process. First, you need to find a domain name that is available, this can be done on godaddy’s website. Sometimes names are taken and not available; this can sometimes be fixed by creative variations of the same name. Godaddy will offer alternatives for you if the one you entered is not available.

Domain names can vary in price depending on the popularity of the words in the domain. I think I paid about $12 for a year registration of livefrei.com. If you don’t register it every year you will loose the domain. There are several other services that I was offered during the checkout process none of which I purchased. I have been impressed with the simplicity that godaddy has offered me as a relative newcomer to the webmaster side of the internet  Once you have a domain name it’s time to get your site hosted. Stay tuned.

Have any of you started a website? If you have share it here so we can all check it out.

 

Jesse

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  • Annaliese Cox August 13, 2012, 9:19 pm

    I love when people I know start blogs. Hurrah for you guys posting so often! Great blogging so far:) I just recently started a website for my freelance editing/writing (www.abc-editorial.com). It was a lot of brand-new things to figure out. I did buy the domain (a few, because I couldn’t decide on one) but didn’t host it myself. Google makes everything so easy! I hadn’t realized that purchasing the domain (with GoDaddy via Blogger) would get me access to a personalized email address too, which was perfect for a business. Google had a lot of other helpful freebies, like Google Analytics, which tracks website traffic. Anyway, I learned a lot creating my site and I felt all smart and accomplished when I was done. I should have blogged about everything I learned too.

    • Jesse August 13, 2012, 10:42 pm

      Thanks Annaliese! Your website looks great! I may even need to use you in the future for some of your proofing skills. You made the right decision purchasing your domain especially because you are a business. Hosting probably doesn’t matter as much for you as far as space. I was thinking long term LiveFrei.com could become quite massive in size with pictures and videos we plan to put up soon. Google analytics is a wonderful tool for webmasters. You should also check out http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools here you can check on a number of things; I like that you can check which keywords you are starting to show up for in google’s search results.

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