How to Set Up a Website Quickly

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Register a Domain

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The first and the foremost step is the domain registration. Registering a domain involves two important decisions – one being selection of the domain name, and next comes the selection of domain registrar.

If you've an account with Enom directly, then you may do it on your own directly; otherwise you'll have to register the domain through a domain registrar.

If you're registering a domain for your company or personal blog, you don't need to worry about the domain name, but if you intend to create an informative site related to a particular niche, then here are some important tips.

Tip 1: Don't include special characters like "-" unless you don't have a choice.

Tip 2: Try to include the main keyword in the domain name that you wish to target.

Tip 3: Keep the domain name sweet and short; don't try domain names that are too long as they are not easy to remember (so people won't bother typing them directly), and they aren't considered good from SEO (search engine optimization) point of view too.
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Buying Web Hosting Package

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Buying a web hosting package isn't as simple as it sounds; you must make a well informed decision so that you don't end up picking the wrong package or far worse, the wrong hosting provider.

There are several aspects one should keep in mind while selecting a website hosting provider. Usually, a shared hosting package is a good way to start off, especially if you're planning to launch a corporate website with static pages, or a personal blog, which wouldn't require extensive hard disk storage, and bandwidth.

The pricing for shared hosting packages starts from as low as $3.5 (if you pay 2 years charges up front), and goes up to as high as $9 (if you pay on monthly basis).

A reseller hosting package is suitable for small businesses who wish to start their own web hosting company, without taking the pain of setting up required infrastructure, and spending thousands of dollars. Pricing for a reseller hosting package starts from $20/month, and goes up to even > $100.

Those who've already got a well-set website that receives lot of traffic already, or deals with music/video uploads/downloads, a virtual private server or a dedicated web server becomes a prerequisite.

However, a VPS or dedicated server is quite costly, and costs usually more than $50/month, going up to even $250-300/month.

Note: There are hundreds of review sites out there, which write biased paid reviews for certain web hosting providers trying to indicate that their services are really good, though the reality is far different from what such reviewers say.

You can try to directly get in touch with their customer support team, (or live chat), and try to find out how good their services really are; if you don't receive a reply within 12 hours, don't bother to waste your time and money buying a hosting package from such a host.

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Setting Up the Site and Taking It Live

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Once you've registered a domain, and purchased a web hosting package, you can make use of free website builder (if your host has provided you with one), or a free open source blogging package like Wordpress.

The famous 5-minute installation of Wordpress makes it a hot choice; all you need to do is to download the latest version of Wordpress from wordpress.org, and upload the same on your web server in the directory where you wish to set-up your site/blog.

You'll have to learn how to configure the wp-config.php file, and create a MySQL database that can be used to finish off installation process.

Once you're done with everything, you simply need to type your sitename, for example http://www.omthoke.com and fill in few simple details like Site Name, Administrator username, and password.

Note: Don't forget to click the option 'Allow my blog to appear in search engines like Google, Technorati' ; otherwise it won't be indexed by search engines!

Now you can simply login to the admin panel of Wordpress, and upload the content by creating new posts or pages.

And, this is how you can set up your website within just 60 minutes in a hassle-free manner, and launch your personal blog, an informative site, or even an e-commerce store.

Note: There are many commercial one-click installation programs available in the market to build e-commerce store, forums, and blog within a minutes with click of few buttons. If you make use of them, then the entire process may hardly take 30-40minutes at the most!