Congratulations on picking a name and completing step two!
I know that part was a little time consuming, but it will be all worth it when you see your name shining on the internet streets!
Now that you know know what a domain is, it’s time to understand hosting. Hosting is where your website lives on the internet. Think of hosting as the land on which your website sits—similar to needing land to build a house on.
In the blog world there are several platforms where you can house your blog and get a domain name. The main thing that separates these places are the cost and features you get for the amount you pay.
Bluehost (who we use for some our sites), gives you a free domain name and lets you host your blog for less than $4 a month. Yes! You can literally start your blog TODAY for $3.95 or less than $40 for the whole year. This is a deal since most sites charge you for the domain and then a higher fee for the hosting.
Years ago you had to be extremely techy to start a website. But today most sites make it extremely easy to get a domain and set your website up easily with a “one click install” process.
Lastly, it’s important to know that the platform you will be using (if you choose to use Bluehost) is WordPress. You may be saying I thought WordPress was free, and you would be partially right. WordPress.com is free, but is not recommended for those who want to take blogging seriously and to the next level.
When you use free platforms, you do not own your content and at anytime it can be taken down. Many of the features you need for your blog to be visible and draw the most traffic are not available to you with a free WordPress site. Also, you want to have a real domain(blognamehere.com) not a blognamehere.wordpress.com.
As you begin to get deeper into blogging you will understand why it’s important to have a regular .com for search engine purposes.
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