How -To Buy a Domain and Hosting For Newbies
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How -To Buy a Domain and Hosting For Newbies

Buying a new website domain name and connect a new hosting account video's walkthroughs
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3,552 students enrolled
Created by Tony Balthazar
Last updated 11/2015
Price: Free
  • 34 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Choose which domain extension works best for them
  • Buy A domain from a reputable registrar
  • Choose a host that suits their needs and sign up for a new Hosting Account
  • Explain what the term DNS, and point their new domain name to a new DNS
  • Make informed choices about domain names and hosting
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  • All you'll need to take this course is an internet connection
  • No prior knowledge of anything is needed except how to use google and have an email account.

Buying A Domain Name and Hosting

If you want to build a website, you'll need to have a domain name and hosting.

It even the thought of that seems a bit daunting, this course is for you. We'll cover everything you'll need to know about buying a new domain name and website hosting... And connecting them together.

Aimed at website total beginners Tony covers things slowly so you won't get overwhelmed.

We'll Cover:

  • Domains
  • TLD's
  • Hosting
  • DNS Transfer
  • Cpanel's
  • Installing
  • ... & you'll understand all of the terminology too!

Once you go through this course you will be able to connect a new domain name to your hosting account to anytime you want to.

Bonus Content
I'll also show you how to install wordpress at the end too!
With that step you can start building a website.

Who is the target audience?
  • It's aimed at those who have never bought a domain name before and don't yet have hosting
  • Anyone unfamiliar with buying a domain name or purchasing hosting
  • Those wanting to get started building a website with wordpress
  • If you are comfortable buying domains and switching DNS you won't need to take this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
Domain Name and Hosting How-To Intro's
3 Lectures 04:02

A short introduction to This domain and hosting how-to course and to Tony.B your course instructor.


What Domain Registrars and what they do, a brief description of their purpose.

We learn that anyone or any company can be a bridge between available domain names and the organization that polices who actually owns them. And we all need to register a domain name.

So it's a good idea to go with a domain registrar that has some history and a good reputation.

And here's that link to Wiki

What Are Domain Registrars

What is Hosting a quick overview

Once you have a domain name you'll need somewhere to store the files associated with that domain name.
That's where hosting comes in.

We all need hosting because we'll be storing our website files on the servers of the hosting company.

That ensures when someone types in our web address into their browsers, the hosting company serves up out new domain and any files associated with it.

What is Hosting

Let's just check our understanding of the role of domain registrars

What Are Domain Registrars Known For
1 question
Looking For Domain Name And Hosting Candidates
4 Lectures 10:25

There are literally thousands of places you can buy your domain from online as mentioned in the previous lesson.

There are some big brand names like Namecheap and Godaddy that we'll take a look at.

We discuss how to find a reputable domain registrar and where to get discounts from namecheap at

where you can find them and how to choose them in this lesson and by the end of lesson you'll be able to buy your own domain names whenever you need one quickly and easily.

Finding Domain Registrars

By the end of this lesson you will able to:

Understand the many uses of TLDs and extensions. How to pick a 'top level domain' that represents your brand plus which new extensions can be beneficial and which can damage your brand and you need to stay away from.

  • Domain Name - Website Name
  • TLD - Top Level Domain
  • Extensions - .fyi , .club, .guru, .ninja etc

The link to the Country TDL page at wikipedia is attached in resources.

Selecting Popular, New, International or suggested extension.

Doing a little research on your host is best practice, look to see if your hosting provider ticks your required boxes.

  • I always start with 24/7 chat
  • Do that have access via a cpanel
  • Have they got one click install for popular scripts such as wordpress
  • Will I have enough space available, especially If I plan to stream videos a lot.
  • Price point fits my pocket and is competitive
What To Look For When Choosing A Hosting Provider

After this short tutorial you'll know
3 good reasons why it's a good idea to keep the roles of domain registrars and domain hosts separate.

It's no fun having your website held to ransom. Which can happen if you have domain name and hosting on a 'buy one get the other free' deal!

Take a look at the small print.. OR better still contact them via chat to find out exactly what (if anything) you will be tied to.

Why Separate Is Best
Signing Up For New Your Hosting and Domain Accounts
3 Lectures 12:54

Here is where we go through:

Getting a new domain name registered

Once we've found a suitable domain name to buy it's only going to take a minute of so to register that domain to our account. It's a simple but essential step.

  • Signing up to Namecheap Domain Registrar
  • Integrate Namecheap with our paypal account
  • Know where to find your nameservers and how to change them

As with the rest of the video's Tony walks you through step by step through the processes mentioned above.

I pay for the services with paypal, though you can use a credit or debit card.

Signing up to Namecheap

Here is where we go through:

Buying a new hosting account with Bluehost and Namecheap.

Once we've found a suitable domain name to buy it's time to get a hosting account to connect it t.o.
We also know now that's it's not such a great idea to have hosting and domain name at the same place. So here's another simple but essential step.

  • Signing up to a new host provider
  • Use the nameservers information to point your domain ay you host account.

Tony walks you through step by step through the processes mentioned above.

Again I use paypal, though you can use a credit or debit card.

Signing Up With A Hosting Provider Walkthrough.

Connecting DNS To Hosting also know as Changing Nameservers

We go back to where we purchased our domain name, in our case namecheap
Trere we change our nameservers to a "custom setup' .. The usual configuration is

Some domain names have more than 2 nameservers some may have 3 or 4 like:

Once we have changed our name servers to a custom set your website files will be 'served up' from your new domain.. in our case will become active as a live web address that can be found on the internet.

Finding Your DNS (domain name servers) And Pointing Them To Your New Hosting
Bonus: How To Install Wordpress
1 Lecture 06:18

Well done - you've completed registering a domain name and getting a hosting account.

You're at the start of a very exciting journey. With what you have now you can build a website the foundations of a great website.

There's no better option to start with if you're new, which I'm assuming you probably are... than wordpress.
So I think it's only fair I show you that you can install wordpress in the next 5 minutes following along over my shoulder.

How To Install Wordpress So You Can Start A Website Or Blog
About the Instructor
Tony Balthazar
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SEO and Wordpress Geek - Training & Development Evangelist

Tony runs several websites where he teaches all aspects of about digital marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) best practices, local marketing and more. Plus the craft of building websites and blogs with Wordpress.

As training manager, the best moments I recall are when folks achieve things they perceived as impossible for them... It's golden!

He's also a little bit obsessed with graphics and video software... even though he can't use PhotoShop.

The other 2 things that float his boat are classical cooking and business management.

Tony's one of those old skool classical chefs that learnt all about fancy dinky cuisine... It's no wonder he sure can make a good sauce! 25 years in hospitality management has shaped him, literally.

The other thing has been interwoven into Tony is the development of business teams. Oh yes, he'll talk all day about the benefits of a well trained team, and has proven many times that his methods do work with how to get the best out of people in the workplace!