How to Get a Hosting Account & Free Domain Name
The best place to start is always the beginning. In this case, choosing a blog name.
Choose your name wisely; a great name can help or hurt a blog.
Your blog name should tell readers exactly what type of things you write. Try not to pick something long or complicated; choose a clever and easy-to-remember name.
The shorter, the better.
But before you can start using your chosen blog name, you need to own it.
You do that by purchasing a domain name.
To review: A domain name is the name of a website. For instance, mine is yourdailyvegan.com.
Something to keep in mind when purchasing domain names is they must be renewed every year. If you don’t pay the annual fees, you lose the domain name. If that happens, someone else could buy it.
[See if your blog name is available by typing it in this check domain availability tool.]
Once you’ve decided on the name for your blog, it’s time to buy it (before someone else does).
The good news is purchasing your domain name is super simple.
But first, let’s talk about hosting.
Finding a Hosting Plan
In order to appear on the internet, all of the content on your website has to be put onto a server. This is what your host does. It stores your content on their servers.
Hosting plans are a service you pay monthly for, as long as you want to keep your website on the internet.
Picking a quality host is really important.
There are all different types of options from shared servers to private ones to choose from. You might be tempted to go with a low-cost host but learn from my mistakes. Going with a low-quality host can mean all sorts of problems like slow loading times or even downtime.
Your blog is worth the investment and will benefit from the reliability that a good quality host provides.
I recommend the hosting company, BigScoots.
When I decided to start blogging in 2009, I didn’t know anything about hosts. Mine was chosen randomly, choosing one of the “big names” I found online.
And for a while, things were okay until my site went offline for a month.
When I contacted my big-name hosting company for help, I was given no answers and very little help. After a month of a frustrating back and forth with the hosting company, they discovered they had caused the problem all along.
I contacted BigScoots when I was still a customer of the big-name hosting company. After reviewing my needs, they walked me through the options that would suit my setup the best.
The transfer to BigScoots was effortless and seamless.
Since my transfer, I’ve never experienced downtime. There has never been a question that they couldn’t answer or a task they didn’t help me with. And quick too! They’re swift to answer calls, emails, and chat requests.
Their superior service and reliable uptime are why I highly recommend BigScoots, 10/10.
Sign Up For a Hosting Plan
I can almost hear some of you now, “I thought you said I needed a domain name before signing up for a host; why are we going to sign up for a hosting plan before buying one?”
BigScoots offers one for free with their Managed WordPress Optimized Hosting plans.
Free is good.
But also, if a managed hosting plan isn’t right for you and you’d rather be on a shared plan, you can purchase a domain name through BigScoots when buying a hosting plan.
Don’t worry. BigScoots will walk you through the differences between each of the plans and help you pick the right one for you. But between you and me, I selected the managed plan and it has been well worth it to have a team handle the technical aspects of this site. They customized and optimized the performance of Your Daily Vegan with a completely hands-on approach.
And they include daily website backups, which I recommend to everyone. Sites can break, it’s good practice to have a backup copy in case it does.
Head over to BigScoots now to get started.