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Your domain name will be your Website/blog name, therefore the first thing that you need to do is choose what your Website name will be. Setting up your domain and hosting is not difficult and you can do it yourself in a few steps.
Domain name = Business name = URL
For example, mine looks like this:
tammyseedhealth = Tammy Seed Health = www.tammyseedhealth.com
Your business name matters for a few reasons:
- It is a representation of you!
- If you decide later on to sell your business and you use your name as your business name, it makes it more difficult.
- SEO ranking.
- Registration — Depending on where you are located, if you use your name, you do not have to register your business name.
- Do you want your name all over social media?
These are a few questions that you will want to answer when you are thinking about what you want your business name to be.
How to Choose A Website name?
You may have the perfect name in mind BUT it may not make any business sense.
It is easy to want to go with a cute name but remember that if the client cannot find you, it doesn’t matter how great your content is.
There are a few basics that you want to think about. If you put your location in your business name, then the potential client may think that you only serve that area and move on in their scroll. On the other hand, if you work locally, that could be beneficial.
Your business name is your URL
Tammy Seed Health = tammyseedhealth.com
- Don’t make it cute
- Not too long or too short
- Has to be easy to read as a url
- Don’t put 2 of the same letters together buildinggirl (the 2 g’s make it hard to read)
- Don’t put b and d beside each other buildbytammy (this one trips people up as well)
Which Domain and Hosting Site to Use?
I highly recommend that you keep the place you purchase your domain from and the place you get your hosting from, in 2 separate platforms. Some will say to keep them together for ease but most of the online world agrees that having everything in one spot can be a dangerous idea.
The online world comes with all sorts of bumps and glitches and things crash…
I use Namecheap for my domain and I am extremely happy with them. They have incredible customer services, are knowledgeable and fast to respond.
I will show you exactly how to get set up with them.
How To Set Up A Domain?
Head over to Namecheap
It looks like this:
Type the DOMAIN NAME (include .com) that you would like here:
If the name is taken, you will see this big X beside it. In the picture below, you can see how mine is taken (obviously, since you are on my site), however, they have listed several other options.
I suggest that you keep thinking and find a domain that ends in .com since that is the most common and recognized.
They will offer you options with .net/.healthcare/.inc Try various options that you feel suit you and fit your style until you find one available with .com
*** .com is the most recognizable and what you are looking for.
Unfortunately, people buy domain names all the time just to sell them to people who really want them. It really sucks when you are set on one name. Be willing to look at several options.
Check out this example. Mindovermatter.com is taken BUT you can purchase mindovermatter.net for $1,189.53. Yikes…
RELATED: If you would like more step by step instructions, I provide a guided video tutorial in my course, The Health Coach Creator.
Look… tammyisawesome.com is free! Once you find a name that you like and are happy with as a url go ahead and purchase it. You will have to renew this each year so make sure you account for that expense.
PRO TIP: There are a few expenses that need to be covered yearly and some you may choose monthly but you want to make sure that you know when they are coming due to track your finances.
Remember, you want to have your domain and hosting separately. It is a pain in that it is an extra step however, you only have to do it once and then if something happens on one platform you won’t be completely stuck. The chances of anything happening are slim, but things happen.
Once you select ADD TO CART beside the domain name that you would like, you will be offered various options that you can add on to your order. You do NOT need these. You will need to add an SSL, however once Siteground offers that addition for free.
How to Set Up Hosting
I recommend that you start with Siteground. Once you really start to grow you can think about moving your hosting over to a larger hosting option, such as Bluehost.
It is not difficult to do and worth starting with Siteground first. Siteground is cheaper and the customer service cannot be better!
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Following these steps to create an account with Siteground:
- Head to Siteground
- You will see their main Homescreen
- Scroll down until you see the 4 options.
- Click on WORDPRESS HOSTING
- You want the 1st option, STARTUP
- After that, select I ALREADY HAVE A DOMAIN
- Enter the domain name that you purchased at Namecheap
PRO TIP: If you have or plan on having more than one site, you can go ahead and click GROWBIG. I have a 2nd website tammybuilds.com so I upgraded to the GrowBig plan, however, they did not apply a discount for already having the StartUp plan.
I had to speak with a manager and they did honor it after but it is better to just go ahead with the GrowBig if you think that you will have 2 sites. If not keep it simple and go with the StartUp.
Enter your domain name as seen in the following image:
Now, click on PROCEED. Siteground will then ask for your personal details to create your account. Remember to select the 12-month package to get the best rate!
How to Connect Domain and Hosting
Domain = Namecheap: This is your site’s address or your URL
Host = Siteground: This is where the details of your site will be. It is like the foundation of your home.
Now you need to connect the two, it is called Pointing. It can seem overwhelming but it is so easy and I will show you exactly how to do this.
Remember, both platforms have incredible customer service and can help you at any point.
Inside Namecheap and Siteground, you will see something called Nameservers. Nameservers are where you can enter a URL and that site will then know that it is to point your URL to another area/site/platform automatically.
You can connect the 2 in a few simple steps:
- Log in to Siteground
- Select the WEBSITE option in the top bar
- Now, choose SITE TOOLS
- Scroll down the next page until you see 2 nameservers
- Copy the 2 nameservers
- You need to add these 2 nameservers to your Namecheap account
- Log in to your Namecheap account
- Select MANAGE beside the appropriate domain, in case you have 2
- Scroll down until you see NAMESERVERS
- In the menus bar, click CUSTOM DNS
- Add your 2 nameservers, 1 per line
- THAT’S IT!
Below you will see the SITE TOOLS option across from the domain name:
You will see 2 nameservers with IP addresses that look like this:
Copy those into your clipboard or you can come back and copy and paste them one at a time. You now need to add those 2 nameservers to your Namecheap account so that your domain points to your website.
Next, log in to your Namecheap account. Leave your Siteground open while you do this if you need to go back and copy the nameservers.
Select CUSTOM DNS in the scroll down menu, then add your 2 nameservers, 1 per line.
It can take up to 24 hours for the process to be complete now on their end. You can still go into your WordPress dashboard and work on your site but the domain will not point to the host for up to 24 hours. Until then, if you type your domain name into the search bar you will likely see, site not found.
You are ready to start your own business and it can feel overwhelming. You do not need to hire expensive help to get started right away. I was able to set everything up for my own business on my own and was extremely successful; you can be as well!
There are a few things that you need to get started and that includes choosing your domain and hosting. Those 2 small things can feel huge when you don’t know what you are doing though. That is why I did up this tutorial and I hope that you found it helpful!
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