When I first started my blog, I thought a great way to draw attention to the site was to sponsor one of the local softball teams in town. I paid their entry fee, bought them a case of refreshments every game and even purchased them jerseys with my website name on them. Unfortunately, my web address of http://www.wordpress.com/cloud14computing/index/users/login barely fit on the team shirts and it was hard for drunken softball fans to remember the whole address anyway. As a result, I decided to buy the domain name “c14c.com”, and forward it to my blog…and cut the team down to a 12-pack a game.
How To Get A Domain Name
You’ve probably seen the risqué commercials of Danica Patrick dressed in a swimming suit promoting GoDaddy.com but you probably could’ve cared less what the actual product GoDaddy.com offered. Well, sites like GoDaddy and NameCheap offer domain names for purchase and this is where you should begin when aiming to forward people to your blog. Whereas web hosting services will actually give you a place to store your web site, you already have that with your blogging site whether it be WordPress, Blogger or others so you simply need to buy a name. If you are building a website for business or a new venture where you want to be in full control of your own content, you cannot go past paid website hosting.
Depending on what additional services you add to your package, domain names can run anywhere from $9.99 a year to $59.99 a year and more. If you are having a free blog then you will pay $0 for hosting, but if you are hosting an important website it will cost anywhere from $59 a year and up.
How To Forward From My Domain Name To My Blog?
You can set up forwarding through the site you purchased the domain name from like Namecheap.com and to do so, log into the site and go to your account manager. You will see a section called DNS manager or Domain name servers. All you have to do is change the nameservers to your hosting name servers. For example, I want to host my site on Hostgator but I purchased the domain name at namecheap.com. All I have to do is change the nameservers to point to my hostgator hosting.
So Why Should I Get A Personalized Domain Name Again?
Did you not reap anything from my enlightening softball sponsorship story? Purchasing a personalized domain name will help drive traffic to your site by giving people an easy-to-remember address to type into their computer’s search bar. You can then hype your web site around town on flyers or on business cards and a “.com” or “.net” address adds a professional feel to your site. Additionally, you can have custom email addresses with your domain name attached and you can market your actual blog better by forwarding multiple sites to it.