Starting a website can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make! Which builder, host, and theme will be best for you? What about functionality and cost? How do you purchase a domain name – and which one is the right one? These are questions I get ALL THE TIME. So this video covers everything you need to know before starting a website.
What kinds of things are people asking about starting a website? First of all, there’s a lot of confusion about domain names. You need one of these! Your domain name is the backbone of your web address. It’s the familiar www.yourdomainname.com. To obtain a domain name, you go to a registrar, and you buy it. Easy! You can do this via GoDaddy, BlueHost (also a host), and sometimes within the builder (such as SquareSpace or Kajabi). There are two parts to a domain name. For example, mine is www.MarjorieStieglerMD.com. The .com is the TLD, which is the Top Level Domain. This can come in a variety of formats such as; .org, .net, .gov, and the list goes on. It’s not uncommon to find that your desired domain name is already taken, or is very expensive – at least, with the TLD that you wanted. So, you’re at a crossroads: choose a different TLD, or choose a different name. Decisions like this must be made at every step of the way.
I’m going to answer the most common questions you’ve have been asking about domain names, URLs, plug-ins, themes, functionality, and more. You’ll find it isn’t all that intimidating or hard to start a website or launch a blog. And, it IS one of the best things you can do for your professional brand or your business.