Domain and Hosting

To create a website first you you need to buy 2 things: Domain name + Hosting space.

Domain name

  • Domain name is the name of your website, ie: www.whaever.com, choose a domain name with important search keywords for your business in it
  • Registrar company: Is the company where you buy the Domain name
  • Registered time: Google prefers domain names that have been registered for more than one year

Hosting space

  • Hosting space is a physical space in a server computer to upload the files needed for your website
  • Hosting company: Is the company where you buy the Hosting space
  • Technical, when you buy your hosting space, ask for:
    • Operating System: Linux (more reliable and cheaper than Windows)
    • Server side programming language: PHP (free and cheaper) > Wordpress recommends PHP version 7.2 or greater
    • Data Base: MySQL (free and open source database) > Wordpress recommends MySQL version 5.6 or greater
    • HTTPS support: You need an SSL certificate to have HTTPS security support. This is recommended by Google and WordPress and it is required if you create an ecommerce online shop.
      https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/ssl-and-https/

Registrar and Hosting companies

  • Most of the Registrar companies offer as well Webhosting, so it is best to buy both products with the same company
  • Companies I recommend:
  • Keep all the login and passwords for (look in the welcome email):
    • Client area of the company where you bought the products
    • Control panel of the hosting space
    • FTP settings

Connect Domain to Hosting

  • Go to your Registrar company > Enter in your account > Select your Domain > Select NS (Name Servers) > Change them with the ones provided by your Webhosting company (look in the welcome email)
  • Your site will start working in 24 hours, may be sooner

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