I Have Bought a Domain Name….Now What? [Solution]
So you have bought a domain name but don’t know what to do next?
Don’t worry. You are in the right place. In this post, I will be sharing 9 things you need to do after buying a domain name.
Having a domain name means you are one step closer to create your website or blog. Now you need to do few more things to get your site live.
It’s extremely easy. You don’t need to hire a Pro for that. You can do it yourself without dealing with any technical stuff. Tools and Applications will do all hard work for you.
Now just follow these simple steps to get your website online.
1. Get A Web Hosting Plan
If you’ve already bought a hosting plan from your domain name provider, you can skip this step.
Most of the domain providers like GoDaddy or Namecheap offer hosting packages with their domain name. But they always have some limitations. I will never suggest you to buy hosting from a domain provider.
If you are still wondering why you need a web hosting plan, here is the answer.
Web hosting is a server where you will keep your site’s files like images, videos etc. Buying a hosting plan means buying some spaces from a remote computer to store your files. This computer will make your site accessible through World Wide Web (WWW).
There are different types of hosting plans like Shared hosting, VPS hosting, Dedicated hosting etc. Shared Hosting is the best choice for new sites that don’t have much traffic. It’s also the most affordable hosting plan.
You can buy shared hosting plan from HostGator, Bluehost or Dreamhost. My recommendation is HostGator.
- How to Sign Up for HostGator for Just $0.01!
- How to Sign Up for Bluehost With Discounts
- How to Sing Up for Dreamhost (With 40% Discount)
2. Connect Domain With Web Hosting
If you’ve bought a domain name and hosting plan from the same company, you can skip this step. Otherwise, you need to point your domain name to hosting server to connect each other.
Buying a domain and hosting from different places is a good idea. It makes your site secure. It also makes it easier to transfer your site from one host to another.
Connecting domain with web hosting is very easy. Just login to your Hosting account and copy your nameservers. Then login to your domain provider and edit your name servers.
You can find your name servers in welcome email or cPanel. However, you can also take help from your host’s live support.
- How to Connect GoDaddy Domain with HostGator Hosting
- How to Point Namecheap Domain Name to HostGator
3. Install a Platform
Let’s call it a software.
To run and maintain your site efficiently, you need to install a software on your host. This is known as Content Management System (CMS). It allows you to publish, edit and modify your contents easily.
There are plenty of CMS out there. WordPress is the most popular CMS that has been used by 25% of the websites in the World. It’s also the best blogging platform.
If you are like me who don’t know how to code, WordPress is your solution. It’s very easy to use. With Onc-click Installation, WordPress makes it insanely easy to create a site/blog. You can install WordPress by yourself. All you need to do is, follow some simple steps.
To learn more about WordPress, you can check our WordPress Guide for Beginners.
4. Design Your Website
If you’ve chosen WordPress as your platform, then you can do it on your own.
There are plenty of WordPress themes out there. Whether you are going to create a personal blog or an eCommerce site, you will get available WordPress themes for that.
You can get a free theme from WordPress Theme Directory or you can buy a premium theme from Premium WordPress Themes Providers. I’d suggest you to go with a premium theme if you are serious about your site/blog. But if it’s just a personal blog, you can go with a free theme.
Here are some best premium WordPress themes providers.
- Elegant Themes – It has a variety of WordPress themes like Blog, Business, eCommerce, Magazine, Multimedia, Portfolio etc. You can get all its 87 themes for just $69 which means you are paying less than $1 for a premium theme.
- Thrive Themes – I use and recommend Thrive Themes. These themes have everything to convert your visitors into subscribers, customers, and clients.
- StudioPress – It offers SEO optimized, responsive, secure, customizable and easy to use WordPress themes.
Once you’ve chosen and downloaded your desire WordPress theme, you need to install it on WordPress. Read: How to Install WordPress Theme.
Most of the Premium WordPress themes come with a handy documentation. You can follow those tutorials to make your WordPress site awesome.
Another important thing you need to consider is having a unique domain name. This will increase your brandability.
If you have some designing skills, you can create your own logo. You can also use an online logo designing tool.
5. Create an Email With Your Domain Name
Isn’t it more professional having an email address like firstname.lastname@example.org than email@example.com?
Yes, it is. It increases the visibility and credibility of a brand name.
You can set up a free email address from your hosting cPanel or you can use Google Apps for $5/month.
I prefer using Hosting cPanel as it’s free and easy to set up.
6. Get Social Media Accounts
Whether you are a small business owner, blogger or a marketer, you have to be in touch with your audience to increase the engagement.
The best way to connect with your audience is, using social media sites.
There are plenty of social media sites out there. You have to join some of them based on your audience. Some of the most popular social media sites are:
You should join these sites ASAP to secure matching social media URLs like http://facebook.com/yourdomain. Having matching URLs will increase your visibility.
7. Start Adding Content on Your Site
Content is the most important thing of your website. Without content, a website is nothing.
The success of your website depends on your content. Once you have your site ups and running, you need to start adding content on your site.
Here are some most important pages for your blog or website.
- About Page
- Contact Page (How to Create a Contact Page)
- Services Page
- Products Page
- FAQ Page
- Portfolio Page
- Advertise Page
- Press Page
- Subscribe Page
- Testimonial Page
You don’t need to add all of these pages. Just add those that suits your site/blog.
It’s a good idea to have a blog even if you are running a website. Blogging is the best way to build content for your website. It will help you to get traffic from search engines.
8. Submit Site to Search Engines
Whenever you create a new site/blog, you always want people to find your site easily. The easiest way people can find your site is through Search Engines.
To get your site found on Search Engines, you need to create a sitemap and submit it to search engines.
- How to Submit Sitemap to Google
- How to Get Your Blog Indexed by Google in 24 Hours
- How to Submit Sitemap to Bing
- Submit Your Site in More than 100 Search Engines
Once your site got indexed by Search Engines, you will start getting traffic from search engines.
9. Promote Your Site Offline
When you just start a new blog/site, you can’t expect instant traffic from Social Media or Search Engines.
It takes times to build an audience in Social Media and get traffic from Search Engines.
However, you can get instant traffic by promoting your site offline. Here are few things you can do to drive traffic to your blog/site.
- Put your site URL on your business card.
- Print your site URL on pens, mugs & other goodies and give those for free.
- Make a customized t-shirt for your blog/site.
- Sponsor an event where you can promote your site.
- If you own a car, put your URL on the side of your car.
You can do many more things to promote your site offline. Just be creative!
Over To You
Hope this post helped you to create your site.
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