This article explains you How to make a Professional Blog for less than 10$(600 Rs.) per year. This is how I started my website TryingGeek as I am a student and I can’t spend loads of money for a website. So this article is for anyone who wants to create a professional website without spending much money.
Here, I am going to use WordPress (Self Hosted) as the CMS (Content Management System) for our website, you can use any other CMS as your wish. This website will be hosted a very basic shared linux server with 250 Mb storage space which is enough for most of the WordPress Blogs. If you want more space, you have to spend more on Hosting.
Getting a Domain Name
The first thing that defines a website is its domain name, this is how people reach your website. The domain name should be short and unique which can be easily remembered (eg. labnol). Here are some links to help you with picking out the perfect name for your website:-
Once you have picked up a perfect name for your website, now comes the tricky part. You have to keep an eye for domain name sales in different registrars, here are some of the affordable registrars:-
Godaddy is called the daddy of all Domain Registrars. They seem to be the most controversial domain registrar of all. Godaddy managed to get its reputation back up after a major failure back in 2012. You can get a domain for only $1.99 for the first year, this is a lot less than its competitors.
With .com domain names starting from $9.99/year, Domain.com offers the cheapest domain names registration service. They are one of the popular choice for domain registration. With .mobi domains at $2.99/year to .net and .org priced at $8.99/year Domain.com is one of the best value for money domain registrars. Domain.com has a lot to offer given its low price.
Name.com is one of the industry standard cheap domain registration service. With .com, .net and .org domain registration starting from $10.99/year, they have to offer a great support, cheap registration and their host of experience in this field for registering your domain with them. Name.com isn’t the cheapest, but they have flexible pricing plans and personable customer support. Name.com also offers “Domain Nabber” services to grab expired domains that may be relevant to you or your business. The pricing is high for expired domain names, but you might end up picking one of the best name for your next online venture.
Namecheap is another popular choice of website for buying domain name. With .com domain names for $10.69/year and .net and .org domains for $11.48/year, they are a decently cheap priced domain registrar. The service and support are great and you get a host of features with them. The only additional fee that they add to their service is an additional 18¢ for ICANN registration/year. Namecheap is famous for their twitter and Facebook contest, where they offer domain names for cheapest price for a particular time. Namecheap is also consider as one of the best alternatives to Godaddy domains.
These were the registrars which provides affordable domain names, you should check for discounts and black friday sales on them.
Some Precautions for buying a domain name are:-
- You should check the pricing of the domains and extra hidden charges thoroughly
- Make sure your registrar is ICANN certified.
- Check if there are hidden fees for transferring of releasing the domain.
- Make sure you get email accounts with the domain.
- Add-on services like free Whois guard is an added bonus.
- Check domain transfer policies thoroughly.
- Make sure that you don’t have to pay extra for DNS services (Eg: CrazyDomains charges extra for DNS services)
Getting an Affordable Hosting Package
You need to buy hosting server space to host your website. It is very important to choose a good hosting as you’ll have to store your website there and every one of the visitors will access your website from there. So you have to choose a server with less downtime and good loading speeds.
I got my hosting from a website name ewebindia.com . They Provide Affordable hosting space with less storage for startup websites. Their hosting plans starts from Rs 400 per year for 100Mb shared Linux Hosting.
You can go for other hosting providers like Hostgator as well, but make sure that they have good customer support and check out Customer Reviews and Testimonials before buying.
Thank You for Reading this Article, I hope that you learned a lot and I covered your doubts. However, if you have any queries, please do comment below. Visit back for more such articles.