Starting a website requires a few things.
Content building and website design are two key elements. The next would be to get a domain name and web hosting. It can be quite tedious for newbies to go around hunting for the best domain and web hosting package. Matter of fact, you would agree that there are too many to choose from.
In this article, I am going to show you how I created my website and hosted it on a personalised domain in an easy way.
I am so excited about this.
Bringing you Site Domains
I am just going to jump right in. I am using Site Domains which is one of the tools within Wealthy Affiliate.
Features of Site Domains
Notice that Search bar above? It allows you to search for available domains. For example, let’s say you are interested in a certain name for your domain, you can just type it in there and Site Domains will inform you of its availability.
Isn’t that cool? A real time saver, I say.
Once you discover an available domain name, you can add it to My Cart to wait for checkout later. In my case, I have 8 potential domain names in My Cart. Of course, I am unlikely to buy up all of them but I thought the names are interesting and could be of value if I were to create websites relevant to those domains.
So far, I have one active domain titled “BYTETODC.com” and it is on auto renewal. Each time, you purchase a domain name, it is valid for a year before you have to renew it. I prefer to set mine to Auto Renew but you can turn it off if you want to, so long as you don’t forget to renew. Otherwise, your website will be taken down.
You can also create a subdomain, which takes on the form of https://subdomain-name.bytetodc.com. Personally, I don’t think I would use this feature but it is available if you want to spin off other websites that come under the umbrella of your main domain.
BUT I already have a domain elsewhere…
Site Domains provides a function for you to transfer your existing domain to Wealthy Affiliate hosting.
You may have to weigh the pros and cons of doing so but in my opinion, the Wealthy Affiliate platform has some benefits which make it almost irresistible.
- Wealthy Affiliate does not have a separate charge for web hosting. You only pay for the domain name. In my case, I paid $13.99 for an entire year
- It is so easy to add new domains and to track them
- By joining Wealthy Affiliate, you do not only have access to Site Domains but also Site Builder (Website Builder) and Site Manager (WordPress Dashboard). In short, you have EVERYTHING necessary to build and grow your website in ONE PLACE.
- Last but not least, you have access to the internet marketing training resources and weekly webinars.
My Final Verdict
Site Domains remains as one of the most user-friendly tools for anyone who is looking to purchase a domain for their website. The shift from existing domain to Site Domains is seamlessly carried out, and you will not regret because it just gets so much simpler with EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF!