Im putting a ‘How to’ page here on my blog. This page explains how to register a domain name, how to purchase a host, and how to set up a blog by using Fantasico, etc. I will keep it updated when there is something new to share
I hope this can be helpful resources for you to learn from, have a nice day!
How to Register A Domain Name
Your domain name is your address on the internet and gives you an online identity or brand. It’s a valuable part of your business identity and an important marketing tool.
Under the Domain Name System (DNS), domain names are composed of four elements; a server prefix, a domain name, a domain suffix (or extension), and a country code (the only optional element). For instance, www.learnlistbuildingsecrets.com is an example of a domain name where “www” is the server prefix, “learnlistbuildingsecrets” is the domain name and “com” is the domain suffix.
You can register domains with different suffix such as “.com”, “.org”, “.biz”, “.name”, “.com”.“.com” is an example of a Top Level Domain. There are both generic top level domains (gTLDs) and country code top level domains (ccTLDs). Currently there are 239 country code top level domains. For example, Canada’s ccTLD is dot-ca and Australia’s ccTLD is dot-au.
The most popular website for domain registering is godaddy.com which is the largest domain registering website in the world. I will give you some detailed instructions below
Step 1: go to www.godaddy.com
Step 2: type your favorite domain name in the search box and check if it is already taken. If it is taken, then you can try a different one and if it hasn’t been taken yet, click next to go to the service time page.
Step 3: In the service time page, please choose the time you would like to keep your domain and mark the right time period and click pay now to go to payment page.
Step 4: You can choose your payment either via paypal or via your credit card. Please enter the correct financial information to go through the payment.
Step 5: When you finish your payment successfully, you will received and email from godaddy to tell you your username and password to login your control panel. By now, your domain is successfully registered!
How to Purchase A Host
A host is any computer on a network that is a repository for services available to other computers on the network. It is quite common to have one host machine provide several services, such as SMTP (email) and HTTP (web).
Then I will take host gator as example to discuss with you about the detailed steps of purchasing a host server.
Step 1: go to www.hostgator.com
Step 2: choose web hosting menu on the right top of the webpage and go to the hosting page
Step 3: choose the hosting plan you like and click order now
Step 4: enter your domain name in the text bar and go to the next step
Step 5: calculate the cost and pay online
Step 6: when you finish your payment, you will get an email with your user name and password to login your control panel. You can change your settings in your control panel.
How to set up a blog by using Fantasico
Do not have FTP? Want to have a blog of your own? You can use fantasico, a plugin that will help you to set up your own blog easily!
Step 1: go to www.yourdomain.com/cpanel
Step 2: login with the right username and password
Step 3: click Fantastico in the district of Software / Service
Step 4: choose the blog you would like to set up
Step 5: click the new installation URL to install your blog