If you want to have your own website you need to:
- The website
- Hire a Hosting plan or a VPS
- Buy a domain name
- Setup yours DNS’s (connects your domain to your hosting or VPS)
You can create it using:
The domain is the word that you type in your browser to enter a website.
Where do I buy it ?
You can buy your domains at:
These are the most popular, but you can always google for more ;)
Hosting or VPS
Now we need a place to store our website on the internet. This means, a place where we can upload the files of our website. For this, we have two options: Hosting or VPS
A hosting company has a lot of severs where they store and run multiple websites.
The most common features that a hosting company provides are:
- Disk space to store our website
- FTP access to upload our files
- Email addresses with our domain name: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Administration panel to setup emails addresses, FTP users, statics, etc.
Before buying a hosting plan we need to make sure that has all we need for our website. If our website it’s built on PHP and uses MySQL we must buy a plan that support that.
A VPS it’s a Virtual Private Server*. This means that we have access to all the server configurations and we can make any change we want to the operating system.
In this case we’ll be the solely responsible for mantaining the server running.
DNS (Domain Name Server) it’s what connects our domain name with the hosting or VPS. When someone tries to access our website, the DNS’s are the ones that sent the user to the server where our website is runing.
When you hire a hosting, the hosting company will provide you the DNS’s that you need to enter on your domain configuration.
Usually these DNS’s looks like:
You will have to setup this address on your domain. For this, all domain providers have an admin panel where you can enter this information.
If you choose to use VPS then the DNS’s can be set directly on the server configuration or admin panel in most cases.
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