You’ve decided to take your offline business online or begin an online business from scratch. It has the potential to be a great decision. However, before you can really work on operating the business and making a profit, you have to first have a presence online that shows you have an online business. This means registering a domain name and obtaining Web hosting so you can have your own website online.
A domain name is the URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, that indicates precisely where your website is located on the Internet. This is how people will locate you online – they type the URL into their Web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, Google Chrome, etc.) and arrive at your website f95zone. Therefore, registering your own domain name is essential in order for you to have an online business.
Similarly, obtaining Web hosting is also critical to having an online business because you need your own website to show your own product offers, your own subscriber forms, and information about your business and what you offer.
As you would expect, there are plenty of domain name registrars and hosting companies who can provide these essential services to you godaddy email. As you would expect as well, some companies are better than others when it comes to providing these services.
When it comes to domain name registrars, two of the most most recognized companies are NameCheap.com and GoDaddy.com. Both have experience in registering domain names, but reports suggest that they are NOT equal when it comes to providing the quality of service you need to have an online presence.
NameCheap.com provides simple and easy registration and live customer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any problems that may arise (which don’t occur very often). They are the preferred choice when compared to GoDaddy.com, who doesn’t have the reputation for the same level of customer support, nor the same ease of registering your domain name.
GoDaddy.com relies on email communication only, and it’s not 24 hours a day, 7 days a week like NameCheap’s customer service provides either. Furthermore, if you receive a spam complaint (and you likely will at some time or other, as virtually every online business owner does), GoDaddy will shut down access to your site because of that complaint, even if it’s a fraudulent complaint and you’ve never had a spam complaint before.
Reestablishing access to your site can take days and even weeks. During this period, your site does not appear to visitors, they cannot order from your site, and those who ordered, but didn’t have their orders processed before the site was shut down, will presume that you were just a scammer who stole their money and ran, thereby ruining your reputation, which will make future business more difficult for you, especially if the incident is spread across the Internet, which is likely.
Additionally, GoDaddy.com makes it extremely difficult to move existing domain names that are registered with them to other domain name registrars, including NameCheap.com. They have a policy that a website must be unchanged for 60 days before they will allow a transfer. Therefore, if you update the site manually or an RSS feed updates the site, you’ll have to wait an extra 60 days for a possible transfer. This means you’ll have to cut off the RSS feed for 60 days or you’ll likely never be able to transfer your domain name to another registrar.
Included in the GoDaddy hosting account are a ton of free applications. Besides WordPress, you can install Drupal, Joomla, Mambo, PostNuke, various shopping cart applications, phpBB, and dozens more. The WordPress install is very straightforward and takes a few minutes, and once that is done you can use your Web browser to run just about everything that you require.
Using GoDaddy-hosted WordPress is great if your content can work within the blogging format, if you want better control over your pages than you would get with WordPress.com-hosting, and if you want to add ads and analytics to your site but don’t want to build your pages from scratch. One thing that the self-hosted WordPress isn’t as good as the dotcom hosted is the ability to stream video content. You are better off using the dotcom hosting and buying the 5GB space upgrade and running your videos there. Let’s move on to the second method, using Microsoft’s OfficeLive Small Business hosting account. What I like about OfficeLive SB is that you can buy your domain name through Microsoft, although if you plan on moving it to some other provider later on, that might be difficult. Microsoft also doesn’t charge you for the first year that you have the domain, and then $15 a year thereafter.
The Microsoft plan is great if you have Windows and a relatively recent version of IE (v6 or later, running on XP or Vista) that you are going to use to build your site. They give you some simple templates for your page design, and if your site is going to be composed of a few static pages, then this is a really fast way to assemble a site and the price is rock-bottom. They will also hide your domain registration from public whois queries as part of the deal. What about the third method? Check out the site Weebly.com. They offer free web site hosting, ties into Gmail and Register.com for domain registration as part of their package. I don’t care for Register.com because they charge $35 a year for registering your domain where GoDaddy and others charge less than $10, but what is appealing about Weebly is that you have a lot of control over page design and widgets and templates as well as integration into Google’s Gmail for your domain. The basic service is free, but if you want more than the freebie site – such as password-protected pages, audio players and support, it will cost the same as a more capable GoDaddy account, about $4 a month. All three will give you more email addresses than you know what to do with, and all are good starting places for your own exploration for other hosting providers, which are overwhelming. Feel free to share your own recommendations here.