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Step 1: Registering A Domain

February 04, 2007

Since I work with computers people figure I must know something about them, so I get a lot of people asking me for help. One of the most frequently asked questions I get asked is… How do I start my own website for my business/school/church/etc?

 

So this is it. If you want your own website for whatever reason and don’t know where to start, look no further.

 

In order to have your own website you need a domain name. This is the thing you type into the box on top of your browser. For example www.mattmyrick.com. My domain name is mattmyrick.com, the www is something else entirely. So to start this process you need to come up with a name. One that is easy to type and captures the main idea of your website is preferable, but not required. The hardest part about this process is finding a name that isn’t taken. There is nothing worse than thinking that you’ve found the most amazing domain name and then finding out that somebody else already has it :-( But don’t let this stop you! You can can either pay an exorbitant amount of money to buy the domain from its owner (something I don’t recommend) or keep trying names until you find one that isn’t taken.

Check Your Domain Now!

 

Some tricks for finding available domain names are as follows:

* use a thesaurus

* add “my” or “the” or “s” to an already registered name

* use different tenses

* use - dashes

* consider alternate domain suffixes like .net .biz .us

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Last but not least, make sure you buy your domain from a reputable, economical registrar. No matter where you decide to host your domain you will still need to interact with your domains registrar on a regular basis. For what it’s worth, I use 1and1.com as my registrar. They are reasonably priced and they offer a nice console to manage all your domains from one place. So what are you waiting for get out there and register that domain before somebody else does

 

 

What the future has in store

You can expect this site to change fairly regularly (probably a least once per week). I will be using it mostly as a way to centrally house my ideas and as a way to test new and/or exciting projects that I happen to be working on. If you'd like to see something on this site or have any sort of feedback please feel free to contact me.