Domain Name Research

Had a friend today decide to do his own website.  Ok then…

Go here to research names quickly (read the directions; don’t put in the . extension):

Search for Domain Names Quickly

and you will see a listing of all of the domains/services that already have that domain registered.  OR you will hit the jackpot and you will see a listing of all of the .extensions available for that domain.

Then read this 2007 article (most items still apply – I disagree with the no hypens rule) and apply it with a grain of salt:

http://www.seomoz.org/blog/how-to-choose-the-right-domain-name

Then finally, purchase your available domain name at GoDaddy.com – I use this exclusively for domain purchasing because you don’t know what you’ll get (poor service, out of business in a year, etc) with a no-name company or smaller service.

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Websites 101 :: Anatomy Lesson

Mission: to educate the general non-techies on web development

Lesson 1 :: There are 3 very basic parts to understand about general website creation.

1.  Domain name :: see post on Domain Name Research when you are ready to do this

This is the site name that someone will type into a web browser to access your business information via a web site.  You pay this yearly at approx $7-15/year depending on if you want to hide your phone number, name, address from the general public or not.

a.  Go to www.godaddy.com

b.  Type into its search box the name you would like for your website (more training on this later)

c.  Purchase it

2.  Hosting

This is where your website files (when you’re ready for one) will reside.  This is a yearly cost as well starting at $60/year.  There are many companies out there; I would recommend either HostGator.com, GoDaddy.com or ASmallOrange.com

a.  I wouldn’t attempt this without a professional because it’s going to be dependent upon the content of your website.

3.  Web Software

A product that assists the general non-techie (and usually techie as well) in the creation of the website on the hosting server.

a.  I wouldn’t attempt this without a professional unless you have all the time in the world to tinker.  Also dependent upon the content of your website.