How Do I
Get My Own Website?
It's never been easier to
get your site online!
You essentially need two things to get started:
1. A domain name
2. A hosting account
The domain name is purchased through a company known
as a "registrar" and they are responsible for
keeping track of a domain's owner and where the
domain should look for a hosting account.
The hosting account is basically a way to "rent"
some space and usage on a computer that's connected
to the Internet. That computer space is where your
website files and email will be stored among other
When you order a hosting account, the host will
provide you with "nameserver" information. This is
typically in the form of two nameservers (for
example, ns1.charlottezweb.com and
ns2.charlottezweb.com). You can think of nameservers
as being similar to a street address. They tell a
computer accessing your domain where to look on the
Internet to find your hosting account -- remember,
the Internet is a pretty BIG place!
Once your host has provided you with the proper
nameservers, you would then update your domain name
information with your registrar to "point" your
domain to those nameservers.
After this has been completed, you may need to wait
up to *48 hours for the changes to be visible. At
that time, when someone types in your website
address on their computer, your domain name is
looked up and based on the nameservers you've
entered, that will tell that user's pc where to go
to actually find your hosting account.
Of course, that's a VERY simplified explanation of
what's working behind the scenes.
*brand-new domain registrations
typically take less than an hour to resolve
HOW DO I...
Can I purchase both the domain and hosting
Can I purchase my domain and hosting from
Absolutely! And in fact, some people
swear by it. If you're comfortable with
controlling your domain and staying current with
the bills, there are some advantages to keeping
the ownership separate from your host. On the
other hand, if you're not very web-inclined and
would like the additional assistance, we're
happy to handle both parts for you. It's
completely your choice!