Starting a new business or website online can be intimidating if you've never done it before. However, with the level of support and ease of user tools in today's world, it's never been easier to get the internet working for you without having to pay through the nose or fry your mental capacity in the process.
The internet is like anything else, once you understand how it works, it's a breeze to get things done. The good news is there's no mystery to it, but there is a little bit of a learning curve when you're first getting started. In order to keep things simple, follow these 3 easy steps to get your first website up and running:
1) Buy a domain name.
A “domain name” is the website address you'll be using for your site and where people will find you on the web. There are a LOT of companies who sell them, but I like http://www.GoDaddy.com because they have great customer support and an easy to use website.
Simply visit their site and use the search feature to find a name that is available. I highly recommend sticking with a.com name and not settling for a.org, .us, etc.
2) Get a hosting account.
A hosting account is basically the place on the internet where your website will be stored. It's kind of like your own remote hard drive for your webpage. Getting a hosting account is very easy, you simply pay for it and they do the rest.
3) Activate your site using your hosting account.
If you use GoDaddy.com they can walk you through the process of activating your site, but even if you use another company it's usually very easy. In the case of GoDaddy, it only takes about 3 button clicks and you're done.
Once you've set up your site and activated it, then the fun starts! Building a site can also be scary, but if you use a template called WordPress then creating your website is a snap. Once again, your hosting company can walk you through the process of installing wordpress, and it's usually quite simple.
If you've ever wondered how to get started online, leave that fear in the past and get ready to enter a whole new world of possibilities by using the 3 steps above to get your first website running in less than 15 minutes.