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A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Start Your Own Website for Less than USD 3 (Lifetime Unlimited Web Hosting)

Creating a website can only be done into four easy steps:

  • Buy or register your domain name.
  • Find a web hosting company.
  • Write your content.
  • Build your website.

Easy, right? But where would you start?

First, let's make you understand by defining some technical and complicated terms.

domain name is the website address that people type or search in the browser bar to visit your website. If your website is the house, the domain name is the address.

Web hosting is an online service that allows an organization, a company, or an individual to create or publish a website on the Internet. Websites are hosted or stored on servers or special computers, storing millions, billions of data.

This article will help you create a simple website that will only cost you USD 3 for your domain name, while web hosting service will be free of charge for life.

Where To Buy a Domain Name

One of the best domain name registrars that is available in the market is Namecheap.

Here's the process for domain name registration:

  • Go to https://www.namecheap.com/ and create an account.
  • Type your desired website address in the domain name search bar to check the domain name availability
  • Several domain names will appear with the corresponding price per year. Cheapest domain costs USD 2.98/year depending if you desire to use .com, .org, .wiki, etc.
  • Once you have already decided on your domain name, purchase it.

How to Set Up a Website Using Blogger

Blogger is a free publishing platform by Google. If you opt to have a lifetime of unlimited web hosting service for your website and domain name, follow these steps:

  • Create an account in https://www.blogger.com/
  • Create a new blog.
  • Choose the URL for your blog. At first, it will have a .blogspot.com at the end of it.
  • Go to settings so you can apply the domain name that you have purchased at Namecheap.
  • Look for Publishing, then choose Custom Domain, then type your purchased domain name. Click Save.
  • Enable redirect domain.

How to Configure the Domain Name in Namecheap

You need to configure your domain name in Namecheap so the registered name will redirect to your website.

  • Login to Namecheap using your registered username and password.
  • Go to the Domain List.
  • Choose the Domain Name, then click Manage.
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  • Go to the Advanced DNS tab.
  • Click Add New Record and the following information:

Type: CNAME Record

Host: www

Value: ghs.google.com

CNAME with values is provided by the Blogger account.

Add the following A Record, with Host: @

Here's how it looks like:

image source: namecheap.com

When all the details are inputted, click Save.

Now, try visiting your chosen domain name to go to your website.

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