Are you a small business, coach or consultant, allowing a minimal budget and little or no technical knowledge stop you in your tracks when it comes to starting your own website or blog?
You don’t have to let these challenges overwhelm you! Just follow the steps in this series of tutorials and you’ll soon have your WordPress website or blog up and running, affordably.
Step One : Choose A Domain Name for Your Website or Blog
Finding the right Domain Name for your new website may not be quite as easy as you might first think. Virtually all the, what may be considered, ‘best’ domain names have already been taken, so you will need to add a dash of creativity to your thinking and searching to come up with a good domain name.
A little bit of keyword research can also help, as you may find a great keyword phrase that will make a good domain name to suit you and your business.
At this first step your focus is on actually finding the right ‘available’ domain name for your blog or website by :
- searching for a suitable Domain Name that is actually available
- noting ideas for modifying the domain name you prefer
- short-listing a number of available domain names to help you make a decision
Begin by Checking Domain Name “Availability”
Domain Name Tips
Domain names can be ‘Brand” names or based on ‘keywords’ that are likely to be searched for by your potential customers. Choose wisely and don’t rush in!
- Avoid using registered brand names/trademarks, or close variations.
- Avoid including numbers in your domain name : such as www.domainname4u.co.uk
- Shorter domain names are better than www.myfairlylongdomainnameandbranding.co.uk
- Avoid domain names that include a dash : such as www.mydomain-name.co.uk
Check to see if your preferred domain Name is available. If not get creative and short list a few names that you feel would make a suitable second choice.
You can buy your domain name and hosting separately, from the same or different companies, see our Resources Page, or have a Domain Name included FREE as part of a Hosting Package, which you’ll cover in the next step!
Website Beginner Series and Further Reading
- Where Have All The ‘Best’ Domain Names Gone?
- Give Your Website or Blog A Home to Call its Own
- Install WordPress in a Few Clicks of Your Mouse
- Customise Your Default WordPress Web Design Layout
- Present a Better Picture – Change Your WP Theme
- What’s a WordPress Framework and How Do Child Themes Work? (pdf)
- Beginner Video Tutorials – Learn WordPress Fast!