The process of starting a website can very well be compared to the process of commencing a new company. First, your need a name for your company, and check if that name is available, which in many countries is at your local Chamber of Commerce. This process can be compared to searching for a name for your website. A domain name is the web address that users type into their browsers to access your website. It's your website's unique identifier on the internet, like WWW.JOYAHOST.COM. Domain names can have many extensions or as they are called TLDs (for top-level-domains), of which .COM is the most popular. But there can only be one .COM (like JOYAHOST.COM) of a certain name in the whole world, so if you can not find the name you're looking for with a .COM extension, because it is already taken, you might be able to find that name is still free with another extension, like .ORG, .NET, .BIZ or .CO. You can also use the extension for your country like .NL for the Netherlands, or .DE for Germany (All countries have their own ccTLD). There are hundreds of extensions to choose from, among them are extensions that describes your type of business or even your region, like .DENTAL, .ONLINE, .ACCOUNTANT, .STORE. Take your time and search for a good domain name. You can also purchase multiple domain names and have them directed to the same website. You can search for a domain name here
. Once you have found the domain name or names you like and want to purchase, go ahead and add them to your cart.
Next, you will be able to choose you web hosting plan, which can be compared to finding a place of business for your company, like renting an office. Web hosting reserves space on a server in a datacenter, on which your website will be stored or hosted. Web hosting incorporates various parts, like your website content, but also your data, emails (you create the email addresses you need) and various other components necessary to run websites. You'll be able to manage those through an administration panel. The administration panel we use is called cPanel.