5 things you might want to do after getting your domain name.
1. Web hosting
If you've not planned your web hosting before getting a dot com, just like what I did, it's still not too late. Nothing will happen to your registered domain, even if you haven't got yourself a webhosting. It won't get disappeared in the internet but no one would find it either.
You can access to your newly registered domain but typing its URL at your browser. Usually, your domain registrar would display a web page to let anyone visiting the website know, that the domain was registered by them.
2. Know the features offered by your web hosting.
For a quick reference, things you should look out for when shopping for a web hosting would be:
i) What type of OS to go for, Windows or Linux. From my personal experience, I perfer Linux hosting for its superior handling and stability. Linux basically required lesser hardware resources to run and lesser virus infection problem.
ii) Amount of diskspace allowed. Go for unlimited disk space if the pricing is right or if you don't mind paying a little bit more but for a start you can consider a cheaper one with limit as well.
iii) Number of add on domains allowed. Don't assume all web hosting provide the same features. I've encounter web hosting that only allowed limited add-on domains. MySql and PHP are two most sought after features that allow you to run most wonderful application developed by the open source communities. Without it, you can only run a limited application.
iv) Does your User Control Panel (UCP) uses cPanel? cPanel is user control interface that make managing your web hosting easier, especially for newbies. Its ease the job of installing open source application like Wordpress, eCommerce shopping carts, and lots of other application that you might not even know exist.
The lists here is not exhaustive but it serves as a general guide for beginner. If you've no idea which one to go by, I'll recommend gatorhost.com
Try a Google search for discount coupon before signing up any web hosting. You might be lucky enough to find a bargain.
3. Place a "Site Under Construction" message at your site.
Should you in a hurry to setup your domain after getting a domain name?
There is absolutely no need to be in a hurry unless you've a reason to thinking otherwise.
However it will be useful for you to put up a "Site Under Construction" message for visitor coming to your site (in which most of the time this wouldn't be the case). If you can estimate when the site's contents would be available, its cool to put in a count down counter on the home page of your site.
If you've no technical knowledge to put up a "Site Under Construction" message, here is what you can do easily.
Open up a text editor in your PC. Wordpad, Notepad or any text editor would do fine. Enter the content as shown below
Use "Save As" to save your text document, and rename it "index.html". You can test run your page by click on it on your PC or right click, select "Open with" to open it with your browser. Once this is done, you can upload this document to the root folder on your web hosting account.
4. Upload your content.
You might want to learn how to upload content to your website after you've got your domain name and web hosting. The most common way of uploading content to your web hosting is use ftp. Ftp is a file upload services commonly found on most web hosting. To make use of this service, you'll need to download and install the ftp client on your PC.
There are many ftp clients available both paid and free you can find on the internet. I would advice you go with Filezilla. It's an open source, free ftp client that are both easy to use and stable. You can download the latest free copy of Filezilla here, Download Filezilla
You do not need to have expert knowledge in technical stuffs to embark on your work from home project but it's good to have some know how.
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