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I bought a domain now what, or I have bought a domain now what ? has been a consistent question asked by most newbie blogger while for most it’s i have a domain how do i set up a custom email
The truth lays that a domain doesn’t have to be inactive. It should be put into immediate use.
But, still you don’t know where to begin and and stil end up asking that same devastated question “ I bought a domain now what ? ” even I it was same for me as a newbie.
Lucky for me i had good mentors who were readily available to put me through, and of course i used what i’ve been thought and also did more research on my own as an autodidact.
Well, here’s the GOOD NEWS!
Am not the newbie i use to be, and these days most probloggers don’t have the time to to put the noobs through.
But hey. no worries
I will explain in details the essential to do’s that should follow after buying your domain name.
This article will cover the whole steps you will need in order for your website to go live on the internet.
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The Good feature about this procedures is that you can do the setup all by yourselves without the assistance of a professional web designer.
I have bought a domain now what ? Essential To do List
Having the domain name means that you are one step closer to creating your website or blog, now you need to do few more things to get your site set up and ready
Here is a list procedures to activate your website
- Purrchase A Web Hosting Package
- Connect Domain With Purchased Web Host
- Install A Content Management System (CMS)
- Design Your Website
- Create A Professional Website Email
- Go Social
- Start Creatting Contents And Add Essential Pages
- Make Your Website Visible On Search Engines
- Promote your Website
1. Purchase A Web Hosting Package
What is a Web Host?
A Web host is a company that provide space on a server owned or rented for use by clients, for the purpose of uploading necessary scripts and files.
Please ignore this step you already bought a hosting package from your domain provider.
A very good web host provider is Namecheap.
Their shared hosting service there is awesome and the server load time is impressive.
The web hosting package permits you to host three of your domains on the value plan which is just $9.99.
Best bet isn’t it? Get started with Namecheap.
Also, another cool host is Bluehost. It has a positive rating by lots of bloggers. The server is also fast and the host bandwidth is unlimited.
You get 50GB allocated space for the lowest hosting plan of $2.75/mo along with a free domain and additional space of 5 add-on domains.
I suggest you get started with Bluehost today.
2. Connect Domain With Purchased Web Host
If you have bought a domain name from the same web host or you bought web host from your domain name registrar then ignore this step.
In my honest recommendations never purchase domain name and host from same company. It is not secure. Once you lose your web host account your domain is also gone. Equally, once you lose your domain then you have lost your files too. It is a total loss that is not compensative.
Purchasing your domain name and hosting from different companies is highly advisable.
To connect your domain to your web hosting make use of this procedure:
Search the name of your web host and add nameserver to it in this format: “Your webhost name + nameserver”;
Example: “Namecheap nameserver”. Then search Google for it.
You will discover that namecheap nameserver is:
dns1.namecheaphosting.com and dns2.namecheaphosting.com.
Here’s what to do next.
Login to your domain registrar account and go to your domain control panel. You will find an option labeled with “manage domain” (please note that this option is differs from different domain registrars) click it and select manage nameservers. Go ahead and setup a custom nameserver then save.
- Install A Content Management System (CMS)
A content management system is just like a software that your website is built around.
There are lots of platforms to build your website with.
- WordPress,org (The Best)
- Blogger (You don’t need a web host package)
- joomla.org (Websites and Online-based applications)
- Drupal (Websites)
- Abante Cart (E-commerce websites)
- PHP bb (Online Forums)
- MyBB (Online Forums)
At Webgeak I use WordPress CMS because it is the best. With WordPress you can build the perfect website, blog, e-commerce platform and forum easily. It is an all round Platform that puts total freedom into your hands to modify it as you wish.
Also when you use WordPress CMS you have
- Total access and control of your files.
- WordPress.org gives you control over every aspect of your website.
- You can grow your blog and add extra features like forums, online store, and membership options to it.
- There are thousands of free and premium themes available for WordPress. This allows you to create a beautiful website that stands apart from the crowd.
- You also get access to more than 45,000 free plugins. These plugins are like apps for your WordPress blog, allowing you to add all kinds of new features.
- WordPress is search engine friendly.
It is indeed your perfect Content Management system.
4. Design Your Website
Designing your website takes less hustle. It is what you can do without hiring anyone.
Your design should be based on your taste and niche. Something beautiful that won’t irritate most of your visitors.
WordPress has thousands of free themes that will match your taste.
You can visit the wordpress theme directory to download any theme of your choice and upload to your website then customize.
WordPress also has premium themes. This category of themes are not free, they are equally better than the free ones. Therefore, if you want better design and User experience then be willing to spend a few bucks.
Below are some best places to buy awesome WordPress themes:
Themeforest: At ThemeForest you can purchase high quality themes for WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Along with that, it has a highly interactive community of developers and web designers.
StudioPress: You can download highly optimized premium SEO themes that are responsive and easy to use from Studiopress.
After purchasing the theme, proceed to install it.
Most Premium WordPress themes have manuals or what I refer to as documentations. They are handy manuals that will help you in making your website user friendly.
Once you’re done with the themes. Then add some useful Plugins to help power your wordpress site.
That’s not all you. Also need a professional logo to increase your brand-ability and you can either create one your self or hire me to do it for you.
But if not.
You can. Also hire a Pro from Fiverr to design your logo for just $5!
You can. Also get good designs from Upwork and 99designs too
Also Check: How To Make Money On Fiverr
5. Create A Professional Website Email
The next process is setting up your mail address.
Instead of using a third-party mail, I prefer using that of my website.
If you are aiming for more professionalism then use an email like “email@example.com” rather than “firstname.lastname@example.org”
Most hosting plans comes with a Cpanel(Control Panel) package therefore it is very easy to setup a custom website mail using Cpanel.
6. Go Social
The next step is making it easy for your potential website readers to connect with you.
In order to build a successful brand you must have a good connection with your audience. The power of social networks should not be underrated.
Therefore, I advise you to make your website handles public by joining social sites.
Below are the ones to get started with:
Once you have created the social media handles for your website, go ahead and make it visible on your website.
7. Start Creating Contents And Add Essential Pages
A good website is built upon contents. The foremost reason people create their own website is to share their contents.
Am sure you must have heard of the popular phrase “Content is king”
So, believe me Contents can go a long way in deciding the success of your website.
Make sure you don’t join the ‘ctrl+C ctrl+V’ band wagon create contents that add values to readers and top notch in originality
Also, below are some useful website pages to start off with:
- About Page
- Contact Page
- Disclaimer Page
- Subscribe Page
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page
- Portfolio Page
- Advertisement Page
- Services/hire page
These are some recommended pages.
Though, you don’t have to add all, just use some suitable ones that will fit your website.
I also suggest you add a blog page on your website if you intend on sharing useful thoughts with your readers once in a while.
8. Make Your Website Visible On Search Engines
The best way to start receiving traffic and making sales on your website is through search engines. The search medium makes it possible for readers to find your website easily.
From the start, it is advisable to connect your website to three search engines:
- Google…. Connect to Google
- Bing…. Connect to Bing
- Yandex…. Connect to Yandex
Once the search engine bots discover and list your site in rankings then you will start receiving visitors.
9. Promote Your Website
Just like when I first started my website. I did not start getting instant following or readers. I had to do promotion.
Some great mediums I used where Social and offline. Though it was time consuming but today I have started reaping the rewards of promotion.
Below are some awesome ways to promote your website offline:
- Create a business card and add your website link to it.
- Print and Customize shirts with your website logo and link attached and give it out free.
- Attend Seminars and meet ups, sponsor some and ensure to promote your website.
In order to build a successful brand, you must also be creative and unique.
I bought a domain now what? or I have bought a domain now what? shouldn’t be the question holding you down. As i believe and hope this article will help you go a long way in creating your website clearing the essential to do list.
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