How to choose your site domain name.
A domain name is what people and search engines use to find your website online
Your website domain name should be:
- Catchy and memorable,
- Easy to pronounce and to spell,
- Not too similar to competing domain or brand names
- Not a violation of someone else’s trademark.
It's okay to add a prefix or suffix to your domain name, such as TheFlowerShop.com (good) or GardenShopNY.com (not so good if you move to another state in the future) to indicate your location.
You can also choose a different TLD extension to localize your domain with a country specific extension like .ca (Canada), .uk (United Kingdom) or .de Germany).
If you are creating a site for a nonprofit you might use .org extension.
You are going to register your domain name, when you sign-up for your website hosting.
Buy your website hosting
You need web hosting for your new site. I recommend Hostgator WordPress Cloud Hosting, because:
It´s fast. Check the pingdom.com report of this site.
Hostgator wordpress hosting uptime it´s nearly 100%.
It´s a very affordable wordpress managed hosting solution.(disclaimer: We use affiliate links on this site. If you buy hosting after clicking the link, we may receive a small compensation at no cost to you.)
It's the hosting provider I use for this site.
Click the link below, it will open on a new window, so you can follow the steps to setup your Hostgator wordpress hosting
Next choose a Billing cycle and a Security Pin.
The default billing cycle (36 months) will save you more money, but choose the billing cycle that works for you. The Security Pin is a number you choose.
In the additional services, the backup and the Sitelock protection are free.
You need to check the box to add the SSL Certificate. It´s and additional $19,95 but it´s very important for your visitors trust.
It´s also important, because Google has publicly stated that SSL is a ranking factor in search results.
After a few minutes, you will receive an email with your login details and a link to the Hostgator Billing Portal where you can install WordPress.