Follow these simple steps, and you should have a good overview of how to choose and create a blog domain .com.
Before anything else, think about what is going to be right for you. This is determined by a variety of factors, such as:
The kind of website you are building
How much traffic you are likely to generate
Whether you are going to need Windows applications or special software
The answers to these questions will be specific to you, and will help to narrow down your choices.
Shared or Dedicated?
Shared hosting is a cheap and cheerful option that is great if you’re just setting up. To give you a rough idea, shared hosting should be able to support a blog with up to about 40,000 monthly visitors. If you think you’re likely to grow beyond this capacity you’ll need to look at dedicated hosting, which can give you more power and better security. If you’re not sure, shared hosting is probably the way to go. You can always upgrade further down the line.
This is crucial. You need to know that your host operates on a powerful server and has stable network connections. If the server goes down, people can’t get to your site. Many server monitoring tools offer free trials and will give you all the information you need. Look for uptime scores of 99.5% and over. Steer clear of anything below 99%.
At a minimum, you need:
Cron: for day to day operations
Auto Script Installer: for easy updates and installations of web apps
.htaccess: for security and page redirects
SSI: for easier site maintenance
FTP: for easy file transfer
If a host doesn’t provide these as standard, don’t bother with them.
Having a personal email linked to your domain looks professional. Hosting your own email is standard for most hosting companies, but it’s worth checking to make sure this included in the services a host provides.
A user-friendly control panel is essential. You don’t want to have to go running to the hosting technical support team every time you need to make a change to your site.
If you are running an e-commerce website, you need good e-commerce features. At a minimum, look for:
One-click shopping cart software
The Small Print
Avoid signing up to a contract that ties you in for anything longer than two years, at the most. Unless they provide money-back guarantees. Your needs may change over time, and if you’re tied into a long-term contract, your options are limited.
Some hosting companies make you pay through the nose if you cancel your account during the trial period. Others give money back guarantees that mean you can get a pro-rated refund after your trial period finishes. It’s a no-brainer.
Nobody wants to have their account suspended, so check out the terms of service before you sign up.