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Stepping Stones To Your Success: Day 2

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Stepping Stones To Your Success: Day 2 (the real, true facts about web hosting and domain names).

G’day, it’s Kevin Johnston again, your friend and mentor. So welcome to Day 2 of our home study course which is about creating your success and happiness.

Today’s topic is Domain Names and Web Hosting which is the same thing as Shared Hosting. This is really important stuff you need all the time, so please take note.

Shared just means it’s cheaper for 8 people to share the rent on a large house than just 1 person, as applied to web hosting.

Nobody is trying to make you a clone of Einstein…some things are more important than others, and this is one of them.

Today you need to order webhosting and purchase 2 domain names. If you’ve got hosting already and you’re pleased with your provider, that’s OK and we’ll talk about it in a minute.

1. I’ve used all the big name providers but over the years, I’ve narrowed my choice down to these below.

2. Suppose your real name is Sue Wilkins. Your most important domain/domain name is always your real name as a .com where possible.

The domain name you need is www.suewilkins.com where .com is the extension and www means World Wide Web. Remember it’s always lower case letters, you can’t have any spaces, and you can’t have any special characters. You can only have a dash/hyphen if necessary.

So if suewilkins.com is taken already, then buy sue-wilkins.com if available otherwise get suewilkins.net.

.com and .net are universally the most important extensions for a business or small business. The average cost for these domain names is US$9.95/year.

3. We can build a working blog or website on your domain. We can also build up a blog complete with theme, plugins etc but NO content, and clone other blogs from it (mother blog) so you can generate a blog empire (children).

It’s also common to use it to test themes, plugins etc without any risk of corrupting/deleting your good, precious data.

There are many other things you could do, like getting into eCommerce and wholesaling. How about an online store selling baby clothes, camping gear, sunglasses or fashion clothing?

4. The second domain name you have to buy is www.suerecommends.com OR www.suelikes.com OR www.sueloves.com OR something similar. Here you can buy a cheaper extension like .info if you want. You will use this domain name for your affiliate link cloaking. Never go cheap with domain names, you will always regret it later.

5. GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain registrar with 60% of world business. They do have a good site but no experienced Internet marketer that I know, uses them for web hosting. The
reason would have to be that GoDaddy doesn’t have a conventional cPanel. What I don’t like is the high cost of domain renewals. Recently they asked me for about US$15-20 for each .com domain or .net renewal.
I still buy some new domain names from them when there is a special promotion, but get the hosting elsewhere, and change the nameservers. Otherwise your site won’t be visible on the
Internet.

The bad news here is A. You now have to have 2 accounts and 2 lots of user names and passwords and B. It’s tricky changing nameservers if you don’t know what you’re doing. Nameservers (ns1 and ns2) look like this:
ns10.domaincontrol.com
ns11.domaincontrol.com if it’s GoDaddy.

HostGator are popular and well known for good cheap hosting but are expensive for buying new domain names. Last time I looked a new .com domain cost US$12.95. I do have 4 sites hosted by them. Many experienced Internet marketers use HostGator.

The link for Godaddy is http://kevinreallylikes.com/godad and the link for HostGator is http://kevinreallylikes.com/gator

For many years I have stuck with D9 Hosting Services for both new domain names US$9.95 and web hosting.
D9 host nearly all my main sites, and their service is world’s best. They are in the UK and I’m in Australia but they always get back to me within 1 hour if I have a problem. Also they will help
you if you have a blog query, and not send you to a video or back to WordPress.

Their renewal cost for a domain is the same as the buy new price.

Don’t worry if you don’t know them or their site is not as colorful as HostGator. D9 are my choice 1, you only need 1 account and you don’t have to worry about changing nameservers.
The buy link for D9 is http://kevinreallylikes.com/d9

John Thornhill also uses and loves D9!

My Choice 2 if you don’t want D9 is to buy your domain names plus hosting, from NameCheap. My link is http://kevinreallylikes.com/namecheap

I do like NameCheap and you might checkout their hosting. I think they still let you pay monthly.

So to sum up, it’s messy and time-consuming having more than 1 account just to save maybe 2 or 3 dollars. And changing nameservers can be tricky plus it’s more stuff you have to remember.

6. I don’t want to overload you but at some point I want to explain DNS, FTP and cPanel for you.
For now you are just buying 2 domain names and cheapest shared hosting with unlimited domains capacity.

7. If you have hosting already and you like your provider…then you need to buy the 2 domains from them OR buy the domains elsewhere then change the new nameservers to the nameservers for your hosting account. You will need to find out what they are.

Cheers,
Kevin

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