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Choosing a name, securing your domain, and hosting space

Congrats You did it! You decided what type of website you wanted to have; now what? Well, you need a name. Your name is just as important as determining what kind of website you want to have. Your name should be a reflection of you and your subject of choice if it’s a personal site or a reflection of your industry if it’s a business site.

Once you know what you might like your name to be, you need to see if it’s available to use. I can not stress enough that you need to do your research before building a website. I recommend using a site like namecheckr to ensure that the name you want is available on all the platforms you intend to use. Ensuring people have a smooth transition from one platform to the next is just as essential as your two previous steps.

You found your name, take a deep breath, pat yourself on the back and buckle up. That was the easy part. What’s next? Time to secure that domain and the platforms that you deemed become part of your brand. What, my brand? Yes, your brand or identity. It’s how the world will know you from everyone else.

Domain registrars can be a scary thing if you have never done it before. Who do you trust with your personal information? Who will protect your personal information from unwanted people or businesses? Where do you go for website hosting? Can you get them both in one place? It seems like the questions are never-ending, but I assure you it’s not as confusing as it sounds.

Many great places allow you to buy your domain and build your website all in one place. These include sites such as Wix, Squarespace, and WebDotCom, to name a few. These sites provide an all-in-one solution, and they are great for beginners and veteran web designers alike.

Take some time to research web hosting companies that offer domain registration as part of their package. Read their reviews, ask your friends, call their customer service, and ask questions, then choose the company that made you feel the most comfortable. If you’re not uncomfortable at this step or think perhaps you’re in over your head, contact a web designer for a consult.

Getting through this part of creating your dream website can seem overwhelming and frustrating, but it is a necessary part of the process. The addition of places like Wix, Squarespace, and others makes getting through it a lot easier. Next week we’ll be looking at logos, and do you need one. Until then, do your research and jot down your notes, and I’ll see you next week at the same time.

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