I want to start a new blog at Blogger. Where is the best place to purchase a domain name and how do I add it to my blogger account? Thanks for any help.
Let me give you my paypal account info and with 3 easy payments of $29.95, you will be on your way!
Out of your imagination and write it in.
I think the cheapest right now is 1and1.com. It's $8.99 and that includes private registration for free. (I highly recommend that you go with private registration so that your name, address and contact information isn't made public.)
GoDaddy is the largest, but has been recently sold and their customer service doesn't seem as helpful as it used to be.
There are hundreds of options, but I would look at price and customer service.
Thanks for the advice. I might try 1and1.com.
I strongly recommended against 1 and 1, I used them for hosting and had a lot of problems with down time and getting them to let me leave ( you have to actually telephone them to stop the charges )
I just registered a custom domain for Blogger through 1and1 for $8.99. Thanks for mentioning private registration- this is just what I needed.
1and1 raised their price to 14.99. They still charge 8.99 for the first year, but its 14.99 after that. Just want to clarify that since several posters are quoting the 8.99 price.
I used to be a big fan of them until they raised their prices. There are cheaper options.
Several people have recommended namecheap and I hear they're pretty good.
It's important to stick with a reputable domain registrar, because some of the cheap ones use shonky techniques and you risk losing the domain name you want.
http://www.1and1.com/domain-names This is where I got mine from and have had no problems. They cost $8.99 and are easy to transfer to your site host provider.
All I am saying is that I saw an ad for domain names: Go Daddy for $2.95. I am not saying anything else about other costs because I do not know. To check it yourself, go to godaddy.com.
I have used several domain registrars in the past. Once thing I have learnt along the way, over the years, is that THAT is not handy.
So choose one registrar that's proven to be good and has been around for some time and stick to that.
I decided on Godaddy. Hosting can also be done through Godaddy. But I chose to do that elsewhere.
Domain registration is OK with GoDaddy but I would strongly advise against hosting with them. Also, I have found it is better to register and host with different providers.
Best place to buy a domain name is easy with the help of http://www.9cubehosting.com/ where numerous services are offered...They also provide you with hosting services...
I like namecheap; for .coms they are a bit more than the $8.99 mentioned above, but if you want to get a regional tld like .us or .co.uk they are very cheap.
I've also heard Namecheap come up often, I remember hearing they give free WHOIS protection for the first year (~$3 value).
As far as linking it to blogger a simple google search will probably return a helpful video of Google FAQ on the process.
I agree namecheap is good.
On blogger, go to list of blogs and go to the blog you want to have the domain name and click the drop-down next to it and go to 'settings'; you'll be taken to Basic and on there there is Publishing>Blog Address>add a custom domain>>>>>click on that and put in the domain address [mydomainname(dot)com].
You also have to point your domain to the host which you do at namecheap. Can't remember if there's a special way to do this at Blogger, I think there is but I haven't used Blogger like this in awhile. On a paid webhost you have to put in info you get from the web host which I think is a couple IP addresses. I tend to re-learn this process every time I do it.
Thanks Barabara, for asking this, i am also on the lookout for this, i want to start a blog and want to buy a domain for that, i am also unaware about the total cost which will be required for buying domain and then hosting it, anyone any idea please let me know.
You could do it for about $20 dollars. About $10 for the domain name, which is the registration fee for a whole year; and then about $10 to pay for hosting monthly. If you want to buy a theme, you can get a decent one for about $35.
My advice to newbies is never, ever buy a theme. You're almost bound to buy the wrong one first time around (and even second and third time around...). time enough to buy a paid theme once you've learned the ropes and know exactly what your needs are.
There are thousands of free themes on Wordpress.org and many of them are just as good, or better, than paid themes.
I'm a big fan of the Encounter theme right now (the free version).
I think you're right about that, Marisa. I almost hesitated to include the theme thing, though I feel satisfied with the first one I bought; though I'm certain I got lucky, because I bought some others that were not so good. Better to start off without spending too much too; just on the bare essentials, domain name and webhost.
Edit: Though I will say, the one I bought that I'm not sure about was a package deal, a good one, and I haven't gone through all the themes yet.
To be honest, I hadn't even thought about the theme thing.
Thanks Marisa, but can you please tell how much would be the monthly cost apart from domain registration for wordpress.org, i mean the hosting charges etc?
If you just register the domain through Blogger it is $10
Can you still register a domain through Blogger? I looked for this option recently and did not find it...
Thanks. I didn't find the option either. I wonder if they discontinued it.
GoDaddy.com, but look up coupons on Google. You can get a domain name for as little as $3
how to find out a domain for so cheap amount at google?
Type GoDaddy coupons into google and browse the search results until you're given coupon codes offering things such as "$2.95 .coms"
For registering domains, I use prouddomains.com because I have got caught out before, buying at a discount from godaddy, only to find that when renewal time comes around it is more expensive (though it is worth contacting them as I did negotiate a discount after pointing out that their renewal rate was way more expensive!).
For hosting, I use hostgator, their support is brilliant - I actually have a reseller account there and offer hosting to clients for whom I have built websites.
For a theme, I recommend the free wordpress theme, Weaver - you can upgrade to pro with more features (paid theme) if or when you need to.
If you are building for a site for a local 'offline' business, I would recommend buying a theme with embedded schema markup to tell the search engines exactly what your business is, where it is and more details about it. You could also add this information by means of the LOCAL SEO plugin from Yoast.
At the risk of sounding naive, what are you talking about when you say buying a theme?
You're absolutely right about Hostgator. I didn't know about a reseller account. I didn't know how that worked. Good info.
How much does it cost to host a website, i am sorry i am new to all this when i ask this
Something like Blogger is free and a good way to start -- Adsense is fully intregrated
I am having a blog at blogger but i am unable to earn anything from it....its only few dollars inspite of the fact that i promote it a lot
This is why I suggested a theme, although I backpedaled but now I'm seeing one of the reasons a theme can be good; they are often SEO optimized, which means they're set up to help you get traffic. Many themes feature SEO optimization, they sell and promote them that way and if you get the right one it does work. With your own site, domain name at a good webhost, you are independent too.
I recently got one domain name from GoDaddy for very cheap, I believe something around $6 and that was for co.uk but they had $2.99 offers for .com.
I usually get my domain name with the hosting to save time setting up the blog, but this time I got on the phone with an adviser at GoDaddy and they done everything for me including my name servers. Based on my experience with them (just once) I would recommend them.
Paying for hosting is probably not going to help with that -- I suggest learning how to get traffic with a free site before starting to take on overhead costs.
psycheskinner, I had a website that was about 7 years old that was a free one. When I switched to the new domain name, first pages on Google all went way down. I still have links out there with the old address. I think Google frowns on it. At least that is my experience with that site.
Most of those links can't be changed,because I can't contact the sites. I don't think Google is counting any of them. My site age has also been taken away. It now says the site is only 3 years old. That is how long I've had it since.
The moment your URL/domain changes your site age will vanish (which can be a good thing or a bad thing). Effectively you have started with a brand new site. Equally your de-indexed articles have to start again too if you have them on the new site, so they too will lose any place they previously held in the rankings because they are now considered to be brand new articles. When you start on a new site/domain name of any kind you are beginning again and need to forget rankings, search engine results etc that were previously the case.
Hope this helps.
I am not sure how this follows from what I said. If you own the domain you can go from a free blog to a paid host with no effect at all on url or Google rank.
In fact, I did the reverse. I decided paid hosting was a waste of money and unnecessarily hard to update, and so I replaced it with a free blog at the same domain.
Barbara, did you go through the process of doing a redirect from the old domain to your new one? You can do this if you still own the old domain or even repurchase the domain name. Google also has the facility to let you specify that you have changed your domain name and that you now want website x to be known as website y - someone with some seo experience can recover the situation for you - although I have to say that three years is quite a long time so you would need to speak to someone better qualified than me! There is no need to lose all the 'juice' to your site if you change domain names.
Most of our domain names were purchased from https://www.hover.com/
Some are just forwarding addresses to get a visitor direct to our one main webpage. http://www.kimabooks.com
Our main domains were at the beginning ending in co.za instead of .com so we now have several .com domain names that all direct to our one South Africa online bookshop website.
my own author's website domain is: http://ascensiontopics.wozaonline.co.za/ but another domain name: http://www.ascensiontopics.com get a visitor direct to the same website.
I hope that was helpful
Namecheap.com and I would use wordpress before blogger, you're given a lot more freedom to do whatever you like with your new site.
Don't get confused, though.
There are two Wordpresses - Wordpress.org and Wordpress.com.
Wordpress.com works the same as Blogger - it's free, and you can attach a domain name. However you can't put ANY advertising on your site, unless you upgrade to the Premium platform, which costs around $99 a year.
Wordpress.org is software you use on a host like Hostgator, and you can do anything with it you like - the annual cost is slightly cheaper than Wordpress.com, but you need more technical knowledge to get it going and keep it running.
I have used GoDaddy for 4-5 years now and have been very happy with their customer service and tech help. The prices are pretty reasonable too.
Agree with Writer Fox. I have my domain at GoDaddy and host with another company.
You are correct- 1and1 is charging the first year at $8.99 with a discount, and annual renewals are $14.99. I plan to arrange a discount for the renewal if I can...
As most comments are showing, the "price" factor isn't very important when it comes to "the best" place to buy a domain name. After all, you are only talking about $1 - $5 PER YEAR difference.
So the real answer for the best place is first - someplace other than where you buy your hosting - and be very careful about package deals that include domain name AND hosting, because most of the time the fine print reveals you can't take the domain name with you if you want to change hosts. Not always, but frequently.
Second, stay with a recognized name that has been around a while. (more chance they will be around awhile longer) There are several, but Namecheap and Godaddy come to mind.
If you are not buying 100+ domain names at a time - it would be foolish to make a decision based on a $1 or $5 PER YEAR difference.
But with all that being said - I get mine from Namecheap.com because they offer privacy listing, (Yes, you want this!), FREE for the first year, and then for $3.99 p/year, whereas Godaddy is $9.99 p/year
And avoid free Wordpress - you can't advertise on it.
Hosted Wordpress rocks though
I used to register my domains with GoDaddy, but they charge $10 a year for hiding your information from WhoIs. I moved all my domains to Namecheap, where virtually the same protection is offered for free the first year, and under $3 a year after that.
I use HostGator for hosting. They're excellent and very helpful.
One other thing to be aware of..most domain registrars like GoDaddy and Namecheap with offer you a good deal for a new domain, but likely increase the price a little or a lot after the first year (or however long you chose, initially). I'd go with Namecheap, since I've also found them very reliable and not pushy with endless upsells, like GoDaddy.
All these companies make their services cheap initially to hook you in..then raise the prices when the term expires, whether it's a domain name or hosting. Beware, and don't go too cheap.
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