Web Hosting Explained

Do you want to have your own website? Have you thought about writing a blog about your favorite TV series? Do you want your business to gain more customers using online means? Or do you just want to try creating and managing your own website for fun? Then you need a domain name and a web host. Getting a domain name is fairly easy, though you’ll need to take in some considerations before choosing your domain name, which is not a technical difficulty at all. That’s why we are going to focus on web hosting as this will entail some technical skills and knowledge. Don’t worry though, you’ll never need a master’s degree in Computer Science to be able to start your own website. As long as you know how to read, write and use a computer, you can build your own website. Now, without further ado, let me explain what web hosting is!

Choosing Hosting Provider

The first thing that you need to do after you’ve purchased your domain name is to find a hosting provider. Most of the time, domain names can be bought from web hosts so you might as well choose a provider where you would buy your domain name and purchase a hosting service. When choosing for a hosting provider, consider their customer reviews as well as the service they offer.

Integrating Your Domain Name to your Hosting Account

Now that you have chosen a domain name and purchased a hosting account, it’s time to integrate the domain name to your hosting account. You’re going to want to login to your domain name provider’s control panel or any other similar platform for managing your domain name. From there, you must see an option for changing the name server of the domain name. The name server that you need to put into the boxes should be the name server of your web server. You can obtain your name server from your hosting provider.

Once you added the name server correctly, you just wait for it to “propagate” usually within a few hours before you can see the changes you made on your site.

Installing Software or Adding Contents

If you are a beginner, the easiest way to start is to use a CMS and I recommend WordPress. Most web hosting providers can provide you with an access to an automated WordPress installer via cPanel. Using WordPress is easy and if you have experience using blogger or even the free WordPress platform before, it’s going to be a breeze.

Now that you have your own website, domain and hosting, it’s time to publish your content and share your content via social networks and friends to increase your traffic and readership. Who knows? You might gather hundreds of followers and create a profitable website!

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