Online presence of your business is a necessity in today’s business world and for that, a ‘business website’ is a must have. The buyer behaviour has changed worldwide in past few years substantially. Whether they are looking for a product or some services, buyers always try to buy it online first.
When we think of online presence of our business or a business website, the first thing that strikes our mind is, ‘it is going to cost a lot’.
Through this article, I’ll help you build your online presence at minimal cost and in convenient manner. There are two basic requirements to start your website i.e
1) Domain name
2) Web hosting
A domain name is the name of your website like amazon.com, flipkart.com etc and it is your identification in the world of Internet. A domain name can be a combination of letters and numbers. It can be used in combination with the various available domain name extensions such as .com, .net, .in and many more. Here is an example of a domain name (highlighted in red).
Where from to buy a domain?
You can buy a domain from reputed websites like bluehost, godaddy etc. Here is the direct link from where you can buy one – https://in.godaddy.com/tlds/com-domain. They provide various kind of offers on diverse domain name extensions. You need to search the availability of your desired domain name first along with the targeted extension. The image below illustrates the same:
Once you are done with the domain purchase, you need to buy a web hosting plan.
What is web hosting?
Web hosting is the service that enables organisations and individuals to post their website or web page onto the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider is a venture that provides the technologies and services required for the website or web page to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted or stored on special computers called servers. When Internet users want to view your website, they need to type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your web page will be open up on their mobile or computer.
Where to buy web hosting services from?
A number of web hosting service providers are available to fulfil your basic needs for hosting your website like web space, control panel, FTP and email accounts. Before you select one, you must check their reviews on Google with respect to after sales service and support. There are some reputed website hosting service providers like hostgator, bigrock, bluehost, godaddy, AWS, A2hosting, alibabacloud, Google cloud etc.
Free hosting providers
Some reputed website hosting service providers give away free trials of their services lasting up to 12 months like Google cloud. If you want to signup, you may follow this link – https://console.cloud.google.com/freetrial/signup/tos. You may avail a free 12 months trial package on AWS also by following the link – https://console.aws.amazon.com/console/home.
How to start free trial on AWS
Click the below mentioned link:
This link will open up a screen as shown below:
To create account, you have to enter your email address and password in the above mentioned page. After punching in the details, click “continue” button and next page will open up, as given below:
In the above page, you have to fill your complete mailing address. Once done with it, click “Create Account and Continue” button at the bottom of the page and you will see below mentioned screen:
Above mentioned is the payment page wherein you need to punch-in your credit/debit card information. They seek this information to establish your identity and validating your card. They make a small transaction from your card for the purpose and the amount is returned to your account within 3-5 business days. Click “Secure Submit” at the bottom of the page after you furnish the card details. Mastercard/Visa customers may be redirected to their bank website to authorise the charges.
Your account is successfully created after this step. It takes up to 24 hours for the account to get approved and you get an intimation by email about the same. Your free trial will start thereafter and they will start charging you after the free trail ends.
In case you are dissatisfied with the services of your website hosting service provider, you may switch to another service provider before the expiration of trial but for that you need to have good knowledge of hosting and migration.
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