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.
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.