Starting Your Own Website

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  • Johnnie Johnson

So you're a small business owner looking to take it to the next level. Or maybe a social media junkie taking aim at blogging your opinions rather than settling on a tweet or a facebook post.


The first thing you need to do before anything else is to get yourself a domain name. This is the name you will be giving out to potential clients for your website. For example, in the domain www.example.com you will be choosing "example" and settling on whether it will be the standard ".com" or ".net", ".org", etc. To get a domain name, you have to pay a fee(usually annual but can be longer) to a registrar, for example Namecheap, for the right to use that name. Getting a name does not get you a website or anything like that. It's just a name. It's sort of like registering a business name in the physical world; having that business name does not mean that you also have the physical location to go with it. You can find a list of accredited registrars here.

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Next you need to find hosting. Your web host is basically an entity that has a computer connected to the internet that will be holding, or hosting your website for everyone else on the internet to see. Common hosting companies are GoDaddy, Wix, and Squarespace. The aforementioned hosting companies also have the ability to streamline your website building experience by offering both domain and hosting so you can pay for everything in one place.

A good analogy for how websites work on the Internet is your phone. If you've ever looked at your bill then you should see that you have separate charges for the telephone number and then charges for the services on it. Having a website is much the same way. Your domain(www.example.com) is your telephone number and your hosting is the service that makes the domain work as it gives you your piece of virtual real estate on the world wide web.

Now keep in mind this is a very basic description of how websites work. There are other intricacies such as DNS that are involved but unless you are looking to resell domains and hosting you probably won't have to worry about setting that up. The two biggest things are domain and hosting; and once again depending on the company you go through you can get everything you need all from one company. Let me also add that you can get all you need from us here at 3rd Lyric Digital Enterprises!

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Johnnie Johnson is Owner/Operator of 3rd Lyric Digital Enterprises. Using a combination of experience and indutry knowledge Mr. Johnson

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