Domain Name & Hosting:
Recently I have been thinking about websites, mine in particular, and how much my IT knowledge had to grow, before I could completely control how my website looked, what I posted and when, alongside access to my own shopping platform.
In all it has taken about three years to go from understanding the basics to knowing how to set up my present website from scratch. This included migrating the contents of my older website from www.missdaisydolls.com to www.missdaisypatterns.com last June. In all it took me about five weeks to rebuild everything.
By the time I arrived at this website, I’d gone through a long and sustained learning curve, and many different content management platforms to get to this one.
I have often thought it would have been great to have had access to a crafter who was also into IT, as sometimes the IT vocabulary was overwhelming. It was like learning a new language.
So, with this in mind, I have decided to dedicate a series of blog posts specifically looking at setting up a craft website similar to this one.
I am going to ignore the journey of how I got to here for the moment, I will save that for a later date…
Through out the following blog post series I will go through in detail how to set up your own website, one that you host and own yourself. I will go through what worked for me and what didn’t, the service providers I use and why. If I can help by answering any of your own craft website queries, please do leave a message below or send me an e-mail.
First things first:
Start with the name of your craft business.
This is very important, and it is the main reason why I wanted to migrate my website. I initially called my craft business Miss Daisy Dolls, which lead to some confusion as I was actually making sewing & crochet patterns, not just dolls.
I wanted to stay with Miss Daisy, so after many searches for different names and combinations I settled on Miss Daisy Patterns, because I make and sell patterns.
It really is a good idea to have what you do in the name. This may not always be possible, but it is advisable to keep in mind.
If you have a name already, then you just have to see if it is available.
Registering a domain name:
What you will need to do is search the web to see if the name is available. Generally this is done through a company that provides domain and hosting services. They will be able to let you know immediately if the name is available and you will be able it register with them.
I like to have my domain registered with the same company who will be providing the hosting, as it means there are less people who have to talk to each other to get things done. It my case it is just me the one company.
I am going to take for granted you are registering a new domain for the moment.
Click on the link below.
The link takes you through to a window that will allow you to search availability of your domain name and will including the hosting package. I have specified this package as it it a good middle of the road package to start with and will give you everything you need for the present alongside growth possibilities for the future.
Click the I want to register a new domain name button, type in the name you want and choose whether you want a .com etc. from the drop down menu.
Note: this company provides .com .net .org .info .biz .name, if you want to choose a different ending please do leave me a message below or email.
There are so many companies out there, if you do a quick search in Google for Domain Registration and Hosting you will find that there are pages and pages to choose from.
I have had my domains and hosting with many different companies down through the years but I now stick to www.2mhost.com, because they give me the best service, they have live chat on their website and I have access to 24 hour 7 day a week tech support, which is so important and they are the most reasonably priced.
If the name you want is available it will take you through to another window allowing you to purchase the domain name and the hosting.
The hosting is basically the space where your website will live, a bit like the land you build a house on, keep in mind though you are just renting the land. The domain is similar in idea to your house address, and the website you develop is similar in concept to the house you want to build.
At this point you are asked, do you want other options, but you don’t need them at the moment.
You just want the domain name and the hosting.
Scroll down to the end of the page and fill in you details along with a valid, accessible email address, this email address is VERY IMPORTANT. If you get it wrong you won’t be able to get access to your new domain and hosting.
They take paypal and credit card payments and the total cost is $41.70 or €38.36 depending on the exchange rate at the time, and that lasts for a year.
Now, you just have to wait for the email confirming the purchase along with the initial registering of the domain name and set up of the hosting.
In the next blog post I will be looking at navigating the control panel of your hosting, basically we are going to take a look around the land you just purchased and set up your mail box / email address.
Disclaimer: I have not been paid by 2mhost to recommend them, this is purely from by experience using them as a service provider for a number of years. All the information in this blog post series is based on my experience of setting up and running this website.