Do you have a great idea for an online business? Not sure where and how to start your new business.
So many questions! How do I get a domain name? What then, where do I host my new site and what platform do I use?
These questions are very common and I get asked daily as a small business consultant in New Zealand.
So let’s start at that top. You have a great online business idea, ok what now?
The first thing you need to do is to purchase a domain name. There are lots of different options, but to keep it simple, I use crazydomains.co.nz for a New Zealand domain name (co.nz) and I use Godaddy for an international address (.com) you should be looking at purchasing both. You just never know if your business will take off on a global scale you should protect yourself.
Once you have secured your domain name, you look into social media accounts with the same business name. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube etc. I also go straight to google and set up a Gmail account in my business name, once again it gives you future options.
Let’s go through the steps on purchasing your domain name at GoDaddy and pointing your new domain name at your server.
Once you have signed up for an account at Godaddy you can then proceed to search for your domain name and purchase using several different payment options.
The next step in getting your new business online is, hosting. You need to host your website on a server.
If you are after reliability, customer service that goes out of the way to support you, plus the fasted server response times online then you can not beat WPX Cloud Hosting New Zealand
The bottom line is, with website hosting reliability and speed is key. Google loves speed. So for SEO you need a fast server. Reliability is simple, your site needs to be running, you can not afford to have server down-time.
WPX Cloud Hosting New Zealand also has customer service that can be reached 24 hours 7 days a week through online chat, telephone and email. The great thing is they get back to you within minutes.
I would recommend starting with the basic business plan $20 per month for 5 websites.
Ok, so you now have your very own cool business domain name and super fast cloud server.
Next step is to point that domain name to your new cloud server.
Login into your Godaddy account once logged in click on manage domains.
Click on your new domain
You are now in Domain Setting. You will need to scroll down to you see manage DNS (Domain Name Servers). Click on manage DNS
Scroll down to you see nameservers, click change then nameserver type is “custom”
You can now enter the 2 name servers that will be in the email you received from WPX Hosting or head to your dashboard under server details. They will look something like this. Below is only an example yours will be different.
You enter these in Godaddy custom name servers.
You now enter these in your custom name servers within Godaddy and click “add name server”
You are done, that is it. Your domain name is pointing to your server that you setup. Please note this can take up to 24 hours, but I have never seen it take longer than 2 hours.
All is left is to go back into your WPX Dashboard deploy the most user-friendly platform on the internet. WordPress websites is hands down the best platform to build your website in, it’s Free, has thousands of free plugins and themes to customise your websites, drag and drop editors and so much more. Plus again Google loves WordPress.
Trust me on this one, I have been building websites for over 20 years and WordPress has stood the test of time. Nothing compares. There is no limit to what WordPress can do.
The great thing about WPX cloud hosting WordPress can be automatically installed on your hosting with one click. No downloading files and uploading making sure all files are correctly installed, setting up a database etc, its all done for you with one click. Takes about 2 minutes.
Click on your WPX Hosting dashboard. Your websites, then click “Install WP” and you are done.
It’s that simple.
That’s it, you now have your very own website. Thank you for reading, any question please leave me a comment or send me an email.
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