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Domains & Hosting

THIS IS EXCITING! IF YOU ARE AT THIS STEP THIS MEANS YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS TOWARDS STARTING YOUR BLOG!

 

Next Steps:

online security
DOMAIN

mysite.com

.org
.com
.net
Hosting

Your site files storing location

WWW.
online security
Website

Your actual site

 

Step 1: Get a Domain

I personally used Bluehost to obtain my current domain mainly because it was easy & affordable. They also offer hosting for $3.95

Easy Management

Use Bluehost's domain name lookup, find a suitable web address, you are able to manage your side through a simple interface. Utilize their control panel to adjust the features to meet your sites needs.

Auto- Renewal

Protect your domain from expiring and being lost by enabling auto-renewal. Switch back to manual renewal at anytime. This ensures your websute domain names are always protected.

Domain Lock

After you find your perfect domain, lock it to prevent unauthorized transfers. You can also unlock it at anytime. Bluehost keeps your domain secure at all times.

Hostgator is another option that a lot of bloggers & website builders use. With their Domains they offer:

Domain Locking

Prevent unauthorized transfer of your domain names. You are given total control to unlock domain for any reason.

Domain Renewal

Domain names are auto-renewed by default. This will prevent domain from expiring.

Easy Management

Utilize Hostgator's control panel to easily adjust settings from a single dashboard.

Domain Privacy Protection

For a small fee, your personal information will be unavailable through any WHOIS database, which is publicly available & open to anyone. 

Step 2: Hosting

 

For hosting, I again would recommend Bluehost. They make it super easy to connect your domain, hosting, & website all in one place. They are especially great if you plan on using Wordpress. 

Shared Hosting

Great for just getting started with a website or blog.

$3.95/ month

Normally $9.99

36/ mo term

VPS

Perfect for getting sites that need more power & control.

$19.99/ mo

Normally 29.99

36/ mo term

Dedicated

High-traffic sites that require ultimate speed & performance.

$79.99/ mo*

Normally 119.99

36/ mo term

Step 3: Internet Security

 

I would HIGHLY suggest for you, or anyone who is actively utilizing the Internet to get a VPN. We share WAY more personal information to the public than we realize & it is easily compromised.

 

By getting a VPN you are basically getting a private security guard for your new site as well as for anything you do on the web!

Step 4: Website/ Blog Builder

 

Once you have your domain, hosting provider, & security it's time to find a place to put all of your great ideas& content!

Full disclosure- when I decided to move forward with making Resilient Life Designs happen, I searched for suggestions on sites. I kept hearing about Wordpress, so I moved forward. I downloaded all of the suggested add-ons & tried to make my vision a reality. After many failed attempts to create the site I envisioned, I decided to go back to what I know, Wix. 

Best templates & overall features

Price:

From $14 a month

Most intuitive

website builder

Price:

From $6 a month

Best for bloggers

Price:

From $12 a month

Cheapest website builder (when using your own domain)

Price:

From $3.95 a month