On January 5th, I decided to finally purchase my own domain name, which kind of feels surreal! I had been thinking of this for a long time now and felt the timing was right with the start of the new year. I created this blog back in September 2015 to share my adventures in New York City, but I often went months without blogging when I returned to Ireland. This year however, I am determined to post consistently and I think purchasing the domain name and self-hosting will motivate me!
When I was updating to my new website I found it difficult to understand these terms and after hours of googling, I finally got there! So I’ve created this little simplified guide to help you get started with your own website!
What is a domain name?
So for those of you who don’t know what a domain name is, it is the address you type into your web browser. In my case it’s alibourke.com.
What about self-hosting?
Self-hosting basically allows you to have full control over your blog as opposed to free hosting. Previously, my blog was hosted on blogger, which meant Google (Blogger) had control over my blog. If they ever decided to remove their site, my blog would also vanish.
After doing a lot of research, I chose to go with a different registrar (where I purchased my domain name) and hosting site. The main reason I did this was because if I ever want to move my site from my web host, I’m avoiding a domain name transfer which I hear can be quite tricky.
The companies I chose to go with:
If you decide to also use separate companies, make sure you change your nameserver on your registrar’s site. This took me a while to figure out why my site wouldn’t work!
Although it has only been a few weeks, I would recommend hosting on SiteGround. They have an uptime of 99.9% and are always on hand to help. The morning after I created my account, they called me to welcome me and to see if I needed any assistance (although I really could have done with it the night before haha!). I actually missed the call but they then emailed me straight away with some tutorials personalised to my website. And what’s better than offering a half-off rate for new users?!
I hope this has given you a clearer idea of domain names and self-hosting. These can be difficult to understand for people who don’t understand technical jargon, like me!
If you have any questions, leave a comment below or use the contact form and I will try my best to help you out!
Thanks for reading,