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Saturday, March 8, 2008

How to set up your own website with domain hosting

Do you want your own website like www.yourname.com.
Registering your domain name
If you only need to register your domain name like aruljohn.com, you need to register with a domain name registrars. Most charge a little more than $8 a year. It may take 24 to 48 hours for your own domain name to actually show up. Once it shows up, it probably shows up parked.
Web Hosting
Once you have your domain name on the Internet, you will need to find a decent web hosting company that will give you web space to host your files. There are many deals out there by companies such as Bluehost. What you have to look for is the bandwidth, uptime per month, and web space, depending on the type of web site you have. For a site with very few images 5 GB bandwidth per month is enough. Those with graphics intensive pages like photographs will need to go for more.
I recommend Bluehost for hosting your website (or hosting+registering) if you are not sure where to host. Click here to create your Bluehost account.

Free Domain Registration with Web Hosting
Many web hosting companies also give free domain registration if you buy web space for a year or more. You will have to consider these kind of deals with caution. These companies may give you a hard time if you want to transfer your domain, usually at the end of the year.

You have finally bought your web space with a decent web hosting company. You will now need to point your DNS servers to point to the DNS servers given by new web space by entering their IP addresses in the control panel of the domain registrar. This will take a few minutes to a few hours to take effect. Once it is done, upload your files to your new web space via FTP or SFTP. You can use an FTP client like FileZilla to upload the files. The FTP server's IP address should be given in the email sent by the web hosting company. Your web site is up and running! Simple, wasn't it?

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