To set up your own blog or website, you are going to need 2 things. You will need to register and buy a domain name which will be your address online. And you will also need a hosting account which is where all of the files for your blog or website are stored and sent from to people to view on their web browsers.
Domain Name Availability – How To Find Out if a Name is Available
The easiest way I’ve found to search and check a domain name to see if it is available, is to first go to Name.com. Just by entering your name into the domain name search, you’ll be able to lookup if it is available as a .com or even a .net, .org, or .co.
If the name you want is not available, what I usually do is tweak a word in the name to something similar. If I couldn’t get Ministry of Canvas, I would try Department of Canvas, Chambers of Canvas, etc. Or try adding a word onto the end of your name idea: Ministry of Canvas Inc, Ministry of Urban Canvas.
Register: How to Purchase A Domain Name
Once you have an available name, the next step is to register the domain name. To do this head on over to Bluehost.
Bluehost will give you a free domain name when you sign up with their hosting – which you will need to store the files for your website or blog. When you sign up with Bluehost, they will also install WordPress onto your domain name if you want it.
When you get to the Bluehost site, select the starter plan on the left.
Then enter your domain name in the new domain box.
When it comes to the plans on Bluehost, you have a choice of buying hosting for 12, 24 or 36 months. The longer you go for, the cheaper it is month by month. This will all be paid upfront to help save you money. But you are not locked in as Bluehost will refund you for the months you don’t use, if you ever decide to cancel.
Once you have signed up with Bluehost you will now have bought your own domain, and a domain name hosting account where you can set up your website.
If you need help setting up WordPress onto your blog or website, you can follow along with my simple guide here.