Building a website from scratch – Part One

Buying the domain (the .com or TLD as it’s called)

The first thing we need to do to prepare ourselves to build a website from scratch, is get our debit or credit card ready, because today we need to spend $12 to buy our domain. Shortly after we will be buying the hosting package to allow us to host oru files, which we will attach to the domain, but for now, we have to get the domain.

We are going to go with Google Domains. If you already own the domain, you need to switch your domain to Google for this tutorial to work properly.

So head on over to domains.google and let’s get the domain!

You’ll be presented with this page here, so type in the domain you want, and click to do the search.

Step One Buying Domain

Which will bring you here –

Step One Buying the domain

Click the cart icon next to your chosen domain (we prefer .com for SEO and marketing reasons, but it’s totally up to you). It will get added to your cart, and you can check out right there, make sure to add the free privacy protection, your screen should look like this –

Checkout step one buying the domain scratch

After you’re done, you are now the proud owner of a new domain. But where do we put it?

Well, we have to first manage the domains from our domains.google overview, which would look like this, and we will hit DNS on the left hand side menu –

Step-One-Manage-Domain-Scratch

and then…

DNS-Step-One-Buying-Domain-Scratch

Which will bring you to the final step in buying the domain, which is changing the name servers to point to the host we will be paying $6 a month for.

Step-One-Buying-the-Domain-DNS-name-server-change-scratch

Copy, and paste the following 2 name servers, each into their own field, as shown above (there is a small + sign on the right side of the bar)

ns1.vultr.com

ns2.vultr.com

And….. that’s it. Technically, if you set the domain to auto renew on your credit card, you never have to come back to this page ever again. Forever.

Now, off we go to step 2. Buying the Hosting Package. 🙂

First post. Let’s Google stuff.

The first post ever on your WordPress blog is by default is the current one (Hello World!) which is probably horrible for SEO, but suits my needs really well, as all I want to do with this post is introduce myself, to the world.

I’m 33 year old techie who is entirely self taught. I wanted to go to college, but I felt it would slow down the creative process, because I wanted to learn much more than any one person could sit with me and teach.

I consumed every book I could on the topic, and began charging the bare minimum to practice. I did fairly well at the beginning, but then something happened that had never happened before. I got hit with a wall in the middle, called real life. Real life technology quickly revealed itself to be much more simultaneously complex and fragile than I had ever imagined.

People had problems that none of the books had answers to. Search engines didn’t exist (initially) and when they did, the answers didn’t really start to get easy to find until 2012!

Over almost 20 years from building machines, to programming them, I’ve picked up a lot more than anyone I’ve seen, and can do much more than many that I know. I am in a league of my own with actual reputation management, for example, with 20 customers erased from Google, and happy about it.

But I feel it’s time to give away most of that knowledge, so I want to start this blog to get people interested in managing their own sites, servers, and more. Maybe start a blog, or get a business online, all for $60 a year because you can do it yourself!

See you soon

  • Sean