Register Domain Name
The first step to setting up your own website is to register a domain name. The cost of domain registration at netfirms.com is $9.95 per year. At godaddy.com domain name registration costs $12.17 per year plus ICANN fee. Register a domain name that is related to your business and keep it short and easy to remember. Search for discount coupons at retailmenot.com. You can get big discount by using coupon codes from this site.
You can also purchase Privacy Protection to prevent your personal information from showing up in public whois database (check whois at domaintools.com). At goddady.com Privacy Protection costs $7.99 per year (as of posting date) while at netfirms.com Privacy Protection costs $9.99 per year.
Create Hosting Account
The second step is to set up hosting account. For a reliable hosting service and excellent customer support, I recommend Hostgator.com for your hosting needs. Hosting plans starts at $3.95 per month for a three-year term plan. Take note of your hosting credentials especially the Username, Password and DNS or Domain Name Server, usually called DNS1 and DNS2.
Point Domain Name To Your Hosting Account
Log in to your account where your domain name was registered. At GoDaddy.com, under Domains tab click the “Manage” button. Then click on the domain you want to manage. Under Settings tab there is an item called Nameservers, click manage link. Domain Settings dialog box will pop up. Select Custom radio button then enter Name Server 1 and Name Server 2 and save. Your changes will take effect within 1 to 48 hours. After this, your website is already live. You can now type www.yourdomain.com on the address bar of your internet browser. There is no content yet.
Upload Content To The Server
In order to upload content or files to your server, you need an FTP client like Filezilla FTP client. You can download Filezilla by clicking here. You will need your domain name, user name and password. Upload files to public_html folder of your server. Check your website by typing www.yourdomain.com (replace with your actual domain name, of course) on the address bar of your internet browser.
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