Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Layman's guide to preparing your own website

Step I - First understand few terms:

The Difference Between A Domain Name And Web Hosting

It is very common for newbies to get confused between a domain name with a web hosting. However, it is very important to be crystal clear on the differences between the two before you move on to your first website.

Domain Name And Web Hosting Explained

To simplify: A domain name, is like the address of your home; web hosting on the other hand, is the space of your house where you place your furniture.
Instead of street name and area code, set of words or/and numbers are used for the website’s naming’. 
The same goes with hosting, computer hard disk and computer memory are used instead of instead of wood and steel for storing and processing data files. The idea is presented clearer with the diagram below.
Web Hosting and Domain Name Explained

What’s A Domain Name

When you register a domain, it gives you sole ownership and rights to the name of your site. No one else in the market has the access to the actual name of that particular domain besides you.
However, just because you have a domain does not mean that you are ready to serve your website to the world. To put up and operate a website, you will need a domain name, and a proper-configured web server (hosting).
Just be clear that (1) a domain name is like your house address; and, (2) a domain name can be registered only with a domain registrar.
Registrar: The registrar is an accredited organization, like GoDaddy, that sells domain names to the public.
Domain names usually range from about $10 to $50/year depending on the extension. (.ca are more expensive than .com.)

The following domain name registrars are quite popular:

What’s A Web Hosting

In order for your website to appear on the Internet, the files need to be uploaded to a server. These can be “hosted” at a hosting company. Hosting is usually billed monthly or annually at a rate of $10 to $50/month depending on how the type of server you need and how much space and bandwidth you are using. A web hosting providers normally rent out web servers and network connection to the end-users.

Domain names can be purchased anywhere, but it’s convenient to buy the domain and set up hosting in the same location. Domain hosting is frequently used synonymously with Web hosting since many domain hosting companies offer both services in one package, 

When setting up WordPress sites, I recommend the following hosting providers:

All of these hosting companies provide domain name registration as well as hosting making it very convenient.

You can however, purchase a domain name and then host it somewhere else.

Domain Name Server (DNS) And How Does It Work

Domain Name Servers (DNS) are the Internet's equivalent of a phone book. They maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

This is necessary because, although domain names are easy for people to remember, computers or machines, access websites based on IP addresses. Information from all the domain name servers across the Internet are gathered together and housed at the Central Registry. 

When you type in a web address, e.g., www.jimsbikes.com, your Internet Service Provider views the DNS associated with the domain name, translates it into a machine friendly IP address (for example is the IP for jimsbikes.com) and directs your Internet connection to the correct website. 

After you register a new domain name or when you update the DNS servers on your domain name, it usually takes about 12-36 hours for the domain name servers world-wide to be updated

If you’re setting up a brand new site, choosing one of the hosting companies to purchase both domain name and hosting will make it simpler. 

Step II - First see if your desired domain name is available ?


If it is available , then make the payment. If your domain name is bomadg.in then you have to pay Rs 199 for the first year. In the second year it is Rs 599. If it is bomadg.com then you have to pay Rs 599 for the first year etc.

Step III - Link/set up your domain with your existing blog  free cost

How ?  Just follow this simple youtube. Especially the first one !

Step IV - In blogspot web-hosting is free. No more payment is required. If you want to launch the domain, then for web-hosting you have to pay. For blog it is free.

Step V - It normally takes around 24 hours for verification - before your new website is activated. 

Step VI - The name server for blog is 


You have to type it in godaddy.com settings and IP address is :

Step VII - call 040-49187600 go daddy support


1. http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/blog/web-hosting-guides/what-is-the-difference- between-a-domain-and-web-hosting/

2. http://www.networksolutions.com/support/what-is-a-domain-name-server-dns-and-how-does-it-work/


4. https://support.google.com/blogger/troubleshooter/1233381?hl=en#ts=1734115


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