Before you can start building your website, you need to create a domain name. Hopefully you’ve been able to come up with enough suggestions for keywords from the page I wrote on choosing your niche and in conjunction with the keywords from the keyword search tools, that you are able to determine what you would like your domain name to be.
Your site name should reflect what your niche is about. So for instance if you are in the sports caps niche, you could call your domain name “Pro Sports Caps”.
Regardless of which type of website you choose to go with, after you login to Wealthy Affiliate using your email and password, you will need to click on the Websites (see image to the right) from the main menu. There will be a number of options presented to you but the option you want to select is the SiteBuilder tab. Then you will need to decide if you want to build a website on a domain that you already own or if you need to purchase and register a domain name first. If you decide to go with a free website that will be hosted by Wealthy Affiliate click on the “On a free domain” button (see example below).
The beauty of SiteRubix is that it will automatically check to see if the domain name you are entering is available or not, (ie. it is not being used by someone else) and indicates to that effect (see box below).
Why not give it a try now below! See if the domain name you’re thinking about is already taken or if it is available for you.
What is a Domain
You may be wondering, “What the heck is a domain and why do I need one?” A domain is the “address” of your website, so for example, the domain name for this website is (breakfreewithwa.siterubix.com).
All free domains at Wealthy Affiliate are appended with the word “.siterubix”, so your domain name would look like yourdomainname.siterubix.com. If you do decide to become a premium member you may want to consider purchasing a domain name at some point.
There are many different companies that offer domain names and web hosting. The one that I used for this website is through Wealthy Affiliate. Here’s an example of the Site Domains selection page where you would enter your domain name:
Similar to the free domain selection screen, as shown above, as you type the domain name in, Wealthy Affiliate searches to see if that domain name is available or already taken. For example, if I type in the domain name for this website, you would see that it is already registered, which means that you would need to choose a different domain name for your website.
Other popular web hosting sites include GoDaddy, NameCheap, HostGator, justhost and eHost to name a few. These companies charge approximately $10 – 16 per year and Wealthy Affiliate is slightly less than that. But then you also have to pay domain hosting fees with these other companies and that can range up to $50 per year.
Thankfully, with Wealthy Affiliate, web hosting fees are FREE!! Domain names also come with a variety of extensions with .com being the most popular. Other extensions include .org, .net, .co, .biz. Many countries have their own extensions now as well.
One other thing you need to consider before actually building your website is selecting your theme. There are literally 1000’s of beautiful, high definition themes to choose from through Wealthy Affiliate and each one has it’s own unique features. Once you have selected a domain name that is available, and you’ve selected a theme for your website, click on the blue “I’m Ready, Build My Website Now!” button. At this point you are now on your way to creating your online business.
Why Do You Need a Website?
You may be asking yourself this question, but the answer is quite simple! Your website is your online presence to the world. It contains the products or the service(s) you want to provide to everyone. It conveys the information that you want to share. Your website is a color advertisement for your products or services that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The content of your website is your way of communicating with your target audience and it can be in the form of audio, text, video, animation etc. It is much easier to make updates to the information about your products and services on your website, compared to printed material.
It is almost impossible to succeed in the online world today without a website because your potential customers will never know about the products and/or services that you are offering otherwise. Once your website is up and running, it is available to your customers indefinitely.
Anyone can build a professional looking website these days and succeed online as a result. Website creation today is very easy and it’s no different with Wealthy Affiliate. You don’t need to be a programmer or know how to code HTML. All that coding is done behind the scenes.
Here is a short video from Kyle, one of the co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate, on how you can build your website in under 30 seconds. It includes everything that has been talked about on this page and much more.
I hope you’ve enjoyed everything so far. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to answer them.