This is a series that has been a long time coming and I am very excited to share with all of you this week, step-by-step what you need to do in order to develop one of your domain names. You won’t have to learn PHP, HTML, CSS or MySQL but if you know them it’s a nice bonus.
The goal of this series is to provide absolutely anyone with the skills necessary to take a domain from raw land, to developed real estate. This will not show you how to drive traffic to your site, how to engage people via Social Media, or most-importantly how to make money. If you want to go deeper I highly recommend you check-out my book, The Domain Investing Handbook.
If you have only been monetizing your domains through parking, or if you’re just getting started in the space you might not have a hosting account. We can’t really get-into the good stuff until you have a hosting account so you can actually host your website somewhere. I personally recommend HostGator to get started, they use cPanel which will quickly become your best friend.
Of course there are lots of great hosting companies and you can take a look at Web Hosting Geeks Top Ten List to see some other great options. That is your one and only goal for day one, if you don’t have a hosting account, go get one! I also recommend paying for the entire year upfront, you often save a lot of money and these plans are less than $100/year so it’s not going to break the bank.
For those of you who already have a hosting account, you’re already a day ahead of the game! Tomorrow we’ll dig into connecting your hosting account with your domain name and creating a custom email address at your domain.