Step 1:

Register Your Domain Name

You’ll need to establish your domain name.  In case this is new to you, I’m referring to the name people will enter into their browser search bar to find your site.  For illustrative purposes it looks like this:

Read this section thoroughly before clicking through as I’ll be giving you two options below.

I do recommend you register a “.com” extension mainly because you’re probably starting a commercial site (it earns money) and “.com” is also the most widely-used and understood domain extension.  There are also the popular extensions:

  • .org stands for “organization” and is used by non-profit groups and trade associations.
  • .net represents “network” and is used by company intranets, Internet service providers and companies in support of internet infrastructure.
  • .biz stands for “business” and is used by small businesses.
  • .info represents “resources” or “information” and it is used by resource Web sites.
  • .edu stands for “education” and is used by the educational industry

The vast majority of people I work with choose a “.com” extension.

You can use Namecheap as the first option below.  They are cheaper than HostGator per year and the first year is free for privatizing your Whois information.  What do I mean by Whois information? Quite simply, when you register a domain name your personal information is collected in a public whois database.

Want to hide those personal details of yours?

Then privatize your Whois information for free (for the first year) with Namecheap and it’s only $2.88, as of December 2010, per yearly renewal (compare at $10/annually with other providers).

Click on the graphic below to select Namecheap as your domain registrar: - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web Hosting

Alternatively, you can register your domain name (and grab some great hosting in one place) through HostGator via the graphic below.  They make the process self-explanatory and that’s why I prefer using HostGator as my personal web host.

Click on the graphic to select HostGator as your domain registrar:

You may have noticed that I didn’t mention anything in the section above regarding Namecheap as a web host.  It isn’t because I don’t recommend them I just know that I absolutely love HostGator as my personal host.  Feel free to use Namecheap if you’d like (follow the prompts on their site).

I do receive a small commission if you choose either of the domain registrars above but I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t think highly of their services (and have experience).  Both companies offer awesome 24-hour support and have answered my questions thoroughly any time I’ve “clicked to chat live” so I’m very pleased with them.

Plus, I’m able to pass on lower prices to you by working with these great companies.

Step 2:

Establish Your Web Hosting

After you’ve registered a name for your site you’ll need a place on the internet for it to “park.”  That web space is rented to you on a monthly basis (or yearly depending how you pay) and is provided by a web host.

Hey, there are tons of them out there.  Feel free to find one you like and send me the details in Step 3.  Below are just my recommendations of hosts that offer valuable support, a high-degree of flexibility, and are trusted names in the industry.

Yes, I receive commissions if my clients use them.  It’s a few bucks and it allows me to buy a cup of coffee to relax and celebrate after I set up your website :)

I personally use and highly recommend HostGator.  Their service has helped me at all hours via a LIVE person through chat.  How great is that?  No waiting on a phone.  No waiting on an email support ticket.  Instant help (OK, you may have to wait a few minutes in the chat area) and I always rate them a “10.”

Click on the graphic below to select HostGator as your web host:

You can also give GoDaddy a try.  This Arizona-based company runs a pretty impressive operation, have tons of bells and whistles, and offer in-house support so your calls aren’t routed overseas.

The down side, I suppose, is they are persistent with their upsells and alerts/links to upgrade various services once you’re logged into your dashboard.

GoDaddy is still a great option and, according to their site, with 8.6 million customers they must know their stuff.  Even though I still love HostGator, the nice thing is, using the link below you’ll pay only $6.99/mo if you pay the 12-months up front with the default plan that you’ll see circled for you.

Click on the graphic below to select GoDaddy as your web host:

Step 3:

Email The Details

I’ll need your login credentials for both your domain registrar and your web host.

Now relax; I’m not keeping a file of your login information and I can’t/won’t access your credit card information once I login.  They protect that information.  However, without your logins I won’t be able to make you the fantastic site that you need up and running.

After I’ve delivered on my side of the deal, you can login and change your password to keep your security tightly managed.

Below is the form I ask you to use to submit the data.  After you’ve submitted the details via the form I’ll get right to work on your site and you can change your passwords once my job is complete.