A lot of people would like to have their own web site, but don’t really know what they need to get started. Here is a brief overview of 3 things you need to have your own website. If you don’t know why a website is a must, check out 5 Reasons Why You Need a Website.
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What You Need to Launch a Website
#1. Domain Name
A domain name is the web address of where your website will be found. Example: www.your-name.com
.com is the most popular. The next most common addresses are .net and .org.
Domains names are very cheap. They can be registered for around $9.99 each year.
I register multiple domain names with from Godaddy. I prefer to keep domains separate from my web host.
#2. Website Host
A website host is where your website files are stored on online 24 hours a day to be accessed all over the world.
I use a company called DreamHost to host multiple websites.
Many website host are the very similar. What you should pay attention to is storage space, bandwidth, and features that allow you to auto-install free software like WordPress ( Blogging Software ). Also make sure they offer a money back guarantee in case you don’t like the services.
- Free Domain Name
- Unlimited storage
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Easy WordPress install
- Host multiple websites
- 24/7 technical support
- 97-day money back guarantee
- Cancel anytime
#3. Website Design
If you don’t have time to learn how to design and build a site from scratch, you can always use a template. WordPress is a great content management platform to run your website on top of.
Please note: WordPress.com and WordPress.org are different. WordPress.com is a blogging hosting service. The problem with using the WordPress.com service is that you are limited to only the specific WordPress plugins and themes that they have approved.
WordPress.org is their free blogging software that you can install on your web server.
With the free WordPress software you can install any themes and plugins you like, and modify your themes code to customize your website.
The Hip Hop Makers website is a WordPress blog, running on DreamHost.
So the WordPress.org blog software is more flexible.
Video: How to Install WordPress on DreamHost in 3 Minutes
To get an entire functioning site up, it will take some work. You can always hire someone to do the work, which can get pricey. I recommend learning yourself. It allows you to be more independent so that you can edit the site as often as you need, avoiding additional costs.
In the beginning, the best way for your site to be its best is to research your competitors and learn what they are doing right and wrong. The more research you do the better it can help you build a website that meets your needs.
Posted by on August 19, 2008. Category: Music Making Tips
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