First Steps

Besides providing a design plan, which we will get to in a moment, there are two steps that need to be completed before work on your site can begin.


1. Select and register a domain name for your website.

2. Subscribe to a Unix based web host which supports Joomla.


Get yourself onto the internet!



We can helpOf course Mediaversal can help register your new domain and set up your new web hosting account at a nominal charge. Please understand, that in either case, Mediaversal is not a hosting company and is not responsible for the quality of service provided by the web hosting company you choose.



Domain Name Registration

There are numerous domain registrars that provide varying levels of service and prices starting as low as $15 a year per domain name.We like Tierra Net, simply due to its extended features and ease of management. Alternatively, many web hosts provide free domain name registration for your first domain on new accounts.

You can visit many domain registrars, and search to see if the domain name you are seeking is available.There are several top level domain suffixes the most common is .com, followed by .net, .org, and .biz.A domain name identified with any suffix is considered a single registration.So, if you wanted to purchase and, you would be charged for two annual registrations.

Commonly, registrars also require a minimum of two years for a new registration.While some accept checks, or PayPal, the majority accept major credit cards as a form of payment.

Finally, when you are registering your domain name, you will need to know which hosting provider you plan to use.Specifically, you will need to know the domain name servers where your register domain name will point to.


Hosting Providers

Finding the right hosting company can be a frustrating and time-consuming job. Each user's needs are different, meaning that the choice that may be best for you could be totally wrong for someone else.

There are some basics that are critical to using content management systems such as Joomla on your web host's server. First, the host must run Unix, and preferably the Apache Web server. Both the latest versions of PHP and My SQL are required to run Joomla.

Additionally, we also recommend that substantial file storage is available, along with other features you may be considering for your site, such as: SSL certificates, and media streaming.

Other things which you may consider important could include: bulk e-mail, data backup and restore, online file management, secure folders, and subdomains.

When it comes to hosting providers, the old adage, "you get what you pay for," rings true. While some of our favorite providers, such as Host Monster, are very inexpensive, and an occasional glitch will take your website down for a few minutes. However, instead of spending under $10 a month for hosting services, you could easily spend several times more to guarantee 100% uptime. Also, typically a higher level of customer service is available at higher cost hosting companies.




Sign up for Web Hosting from Site Ground

For fast reliable hosting - choose Site Ground SPECIAL: When you use the above referral link, Mediaversal will install the latest version of Joomla on your primary domain at no cost.  This offer is valid for new sites only, and comes with no warranty or additional services without a paid contract with Mediaversal.

Disclosure: Mediaversal receives compensation from the hosting provider whose services we recommend. Mediaversal is independently owned and makes this recommendation based on an above average experience with the hosting services provided.


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