How to get a domain name
You can search anywhere online to purchase a domain name. I highly recommend purchasing one from a company that you will also one day host your website. You can expect to pay anywhere from around $15 AUD per year and up depending on what domain extension you want (like .com .com.au .org and the list goes on).
I use Ventraip. They are an Australian company. They have great service and support. I highly recommend setting the billing up to auto-renew so you don’t lose your web address. Most companies will remind you but if it auto charges, then you don’t need to stress about it.
If you forget to pay the domain renewal it can be very hard to get it back. Sometimes it’s simple but most of the time it’s not. Especially if someone wants your domain name. You could lose more than your website and email. How devastating would that be for your business!
So you’ve got a domain now what?
Set up email addresses
Professional emails are the bomb! You can set yours up right now. I have instructions to help you out >>here <<
Build your website
You can start contracting someone to design your website or DIY. Or use me! You will need hosting first which is basically where your website lives. Its an added cost on top of your domain name. Most basic hosting starts from $8.95 AUD per month. You can purchase that yourself if you use Ventraip.
Share it with the world
When your website is up, shout it out across your social media channels. Don’t forget to update your bios in social media to include your new website address. Add it to all your printed marketing materials and stationery.
Nerdy AF website terms
WWW = World Wide Web.
URL = Uniform Resource Locator and is defined as the global address of documents and other resources on the World Wide Web.
IP = Internet Protocol. An IP address is a shit tin of numbers separated by full stops that identifies each computer using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a network.
SEO = Search engine optimisation. Make sure your website has the best chance of being found.
Domain extension: Its the bit at the end of your web address that no one really gives a fuck about. Typically .com or if you are in Australia you can have .com.au or .sydney and so forth.
I’m a little bit sweary…well a lot actually. I know it’s not ladylike and frankly, I don’t give a shit. I never beat around the bush (Aussie for cutting the crap). I’m a strong believer in telling it how it is. I promise to supply ballsy branding and killer digital design that kicks ass. I will be upfront, realistic, and focused. I do have OCD so you know I pay attention to details. I will always offer the best advice and course of action to suit your projects needs.
I’m a passionate, dedicated designer and I promise to Eat, sleep, design, repeat until your project is finished.