If you are trying to discover how to make a website using your own domain then you need to be careful from the very outset and you should be aware of all that is involved in the process from start to finish in order to avoid some of the more common traps and pitfalls that can occur during this process. I will attempt to go over the process here in a brief and succinct manner.
You should choose your domain name carefully, try and keep it as simple as possible and if you are a business then bare in mind that you will probably have to communicate it to people over the telephone so choose something that sounds nice and easy..
These days you can purchase a domain name quite cheaply but try to go with a reputable company such as GoDaddy, Enom or even Yahoo. The main thing to watch out for is that you have full control over your own domain name and you can change its ‘NAMESERVERS’ yourself at any time and have them pointing to the webserver of your choice. Some companies wont let you configure this yourself and may even charge for you to do it. You will hopefully not need to change the configuration of the ‘nameservers’ more than once but in the event of changing hosting companies you will need to be able to do this so as to keep your domain online.
The other thing to watch out for is that you will be allowed to transfer the domain name to another domain name registrar at any point so that your domain name is truly under your own control. he domain name never actually belongs to you but when you pay your annual fee you are renting it as it were from ICANN the governing body for domain names.
Once you have your domain name you will need a web server to have it pointing to which will also provide you with space for your web pages. The web server is simply any computer that is permanently connected to the internet and allows public access. There are many hosting companies and for a basic start up you should be looking at a budget package which allows you to host your domain, gives you disk space for your web pages, will allow you to configure several (if not unlimited) email accounts using your own domain name and it should also a lot you a generous amount of bandwidth per month.
Page Building and coding
With your domain name purchased and your hosting set up and configured you will be ready to start writing your own web pages. If you have no experience and little time then you might be better contracting a web designer to build your site to your specifications. (Cheap, competitive and reliable web designers can be found at guru.com or elance.com).
It is also possible to create your own pages with little or no experience.
Programs for developing web pages are widely available and the most common ones are Dreamweaver and Xsite Pro. There are of course many others but these ore the most complete. Dreamweaver can be somewhat complicated to learn and the help / manual is not very helpful at all. Fortunately there are several quality books and video courses that can be downloaded from the internet boasting that you will be able to create full websites from scratch in a matter of hours.
XStie Pro is a lot simpler but a little more limited. It is great if you wish to optimize your site for the search engines as it contains a lot of built in SEO features. See our page on html editing software.
There are also some hosting companies that offer online webpage building software that enables you to type in directly as you wish your age to be seen and format your pages and images accordingly.
That is all you need to know to get a basic website up and running using your own domain name. In a later article I will be explaining about some of the more slightly advanced but standard aspects of a typical site such as autoresponders, tracking systems, forms etc.