What is a domain name?
Domain name is your address to your website. It is what goes after www. And ends with .com for example.
For this site my domain name is mommakesmoney.net
The url is http://www.mommakesmoney.net/
Every domain name has a suffix that indicates which top level domain it belongs to. For example:
.gov – Government agencies
.edu – Educational institutions
.org – Organizations (nonprofit)
.com – commercial business
.net – Network organizations
.ca – Canada
.us – USA
.se – Sweden
If you are looking to get control over you pages, your sites you need your own website. The first step is to get a domain name. You own it you have total control of it!
What is a good domain name?
Use your keywords, not the fancy cool stuff. When I first started out I put together an interior decorator store. My first domain name I bought was avecdeco.com, cool name I thought but has nothing to do with my key phrase. A better domain name would have been interiordecorating.com.
It will make it easier to rank in the search engines if you have your keyword phrase as your domain. You want to target your key phrase.
Buy your domain
So when you have figured out what kind of domain you want, you need to check and see if that domain name is available. Go to www.1and1.com and type in your domain name. If .com or .net is not available you might want to add something after your domain name like interiordecoratingstore.com or interiordecoratingonline.net.
Another mistake I did when I first started out was that I did not write down where I had bought my domains from. So I had several domain names bought through different companies and when I wanted to change something I did not know where to go… I know not very organized but today I buy all my domains from one place and I host all my sites on one place. It is a lot easier to keep track on things then.
It is hard in the beginning when all the “gurus” tell you what to do, and a lot of times you just do it, I know that is how I was. So anyway now I get all my domains through www.1and1.com they have worked great for me.
When you have bought that domain you need to host it somewhere.
Your hosting is where you upload your website, now do not freak out. I know this was very confusing for me but I will show you how to do it.