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We are now in Part 4 which on implementation stage to register domain and web hosting. The first three parts mostly on planning and research. You may read previous parts through the below links:
To have a business blog, the first things you need do is to register two items:
- Domain name
- Web hosting
It’s not free to register. You need money. In business, you are always playing with terms “invest money for more money”.
With a tiny investment, you can purchase both things. Both domain name and web hosting can be purchased from a single web hosting company. They offer for both services.
Since I’m using web hosting by SiteGround, so in this article, I will share how to register domain and web hosting using that provider. For your info, I will show to you the registration process using the lowest and cost-effective plan provided by SiteGround.
As for a new business entity, you should invest as low as possible and expect great features. Luckily, SiteGround offered for both; Saving and performance.
To register domain and web hosting, please follow step-by-step below:
1. Go to SiteGround.com
2. Navigate to Web Hosting, click Shared Hosting
3. There are three (3) plans available. For a new business which only has one blog or website, you may choose StartUp plan. If you plan to have more than one website, you can choose for GrowBig or GoGeek which can host unlimited websites.
4. Choose StartUp package and click Get Started
5. Tick register a new domain. Enter your desired domain name for the blog. For tips to choose a good domain name, you may read 5 Tips to Choose Domain Name.
It’s recommended to get a .com domain name because more popular, worldwide and authoritative. When someone asks for your blog, it’s easy to remember the .com name rather than other extensions.
SiteGround also listed popular domain name extension with .com in the top of the list.
6. On SiteGround, domain name registration cost you $15.95. The cost is for a year subscription. By the end of the expired (12 months), you have to renew with the same cost. Means, each year your cost for the domain is only $15.95.
7. You need to have a shortlist several suggestion domain names for your blog because your preferred name might be registered or taken by other peoples. The delayed you register, the lower your chances of getting the desired name.
8. Once you choose the domain name, click Proceed.
9. With Congratulation welcome note, your domain name now successfully registered. The next thing is to fill up the registration form with your personal and payment details.
10. On purchase information, two important things you need to consider:
- Data center location. To speed up your blog access, choose according to your customer location. If your target customer mostly in North America (US, Mexico, Canada), you are recommended to choose Chicago (USA). If your customer mostly in Asia, you may choose Singapore.
- Domain Privacy. Choose this option will hide your personal information on domain name Whois information. If you don’t protect your domain with Domain Privacy, your personal information such as name, email and phone with be displayed to the public. The irresponsible person (or I called spammer) will exploit your information and use it to contact you.
On my first day registered this blog domain name, I’m doing a mistake by not using Domain Privacy. After registered the domain, within several days I received so many emails from spammer offered with various business services. Mostly on web development.
Then after a week, I decide to get Domain Privacy to protect my data. So my advice to you, buy the Domain Privacy.
11. After the information is completed, you will see the total investment you need pay. You are recommended to read the Terms and Service. Once agreed, tick on it.
12. Finally, click Pay Now to make payment.
What you will receive after registered the domain and web hosting?
Below are the features you will receive if register domain and web hosting with SiteGround. You also will receive almost the same if you register with different web hosting provider.
1. SiteGround User Area
The user area is the account area which you can edit your personal information, view your subscription (domain or hosting), request for technical support, view billing information and upgrade current subscription (to the higher package). In short, it’s your single console to manage your account with them.
The cPanel is the hosting control panel with lots of useful features in there. In the cPanel you will see the features and specification on the StartUp package such as disk size, email account, add-on domain hosted and many more.
On the upcoming post, I will share how to use cPanel to create the blog. Also, I will show how to create your professional email using the domain name, installed SSL certificate and view blog traffic.
Lots of fantastic things to discover. cPanel is the main application you should learn and use frequently for your blog configuration.
3. SSL certificate
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and the browser.
With SSL, your customer’s data are protected. For example, the credit card information and personal information transactions are encrypted from being misused by hackers. A blog with SSL certificate is represented by ‘https’ or Secure at the beginning of URL.
On SiteGround they provide it for free and the installation is very easy. You can use cPanel to install the SSL certificate.
That’s it for how to register domain and web hosting. The step might vary from the different hosting provider but the objective is same. Most of the web hosting simplified the steps so that you can easily get your desired hosting.
My advice is, plan properly and do the comparison between hosting plan and provider. Then spend wisely. The more you do the research, the better you will get the result.
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