When Starting A Website Always Start With A Good Domain

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Some people get very overwhelmed thinking about their lack of ability in making a website. It doesn’t have to be hard and it will be quick and easy if you break the steps down into bite-sized tasks. You’re going to start by choosing a good domain name.

When choosing a domain you’re going to need to think of a name and find an available extension. An extension is the last part of the domain, such as .com, org, or .net. There are many options, some cheaper than others, but you’re not going to want to go with just anything.

 

The name can go two ways. You can follow the safe route and choose a keyword-laden domain name, or go with something catchy that you hope takes off in a viral manner all across the web (think Yahoo, Google, or Twitter).

Most people prefer to go with a keyword domain. You want your website to rank well for your chosen niche, and keywords are the prime way you’ll achieve that goal. You can use a free or paid keyword tool to make a list of the top keywords in your niche.

You can choose one with a high search volume (if it’s available as a domain), or go with a lower search volume that you’ll rank high for more quickly. These keywords are called long tail keyword phrases and they have more words strung together, so the search volume is less, but so is the competition.

Let’s look at a couple of examples from the dog training niche. A prime keyword domain would be something like dogtraining.com. It’s probably not available because the phrase has 1.5 million searches per month. But another phrase like protectiondogtraining.com might be available because it has fewer searches (over 12k).

When you buy your domain, you’ll be typing in the URL you hope to land, such as dogtrainingtips.com. If it’s not available, the system will usually show you some alternatives that are available, such as dogtrainingtips.net.

Most online marketers usually only want to go to a dot com, dot org or dot net. A few will go with a dot info domain, but it’s always best to find a dot com available in your niche because it’s the default URL most people remember when they go online to visit a website.

As you check out with your domain, many registrars will try to upsell you with all sorts of things, like hosting, privacy, site building tools and more. You probably won’t need any of these from your registrar, but if you do, you can always add them on later.

There’s a bit of discussion about whether you should pay for a domain for one year or more. Some people argue that Google prefers domains that have a longer commitment but you can always lengthen that later if you decide that you’re committed to the niche for the long haul.

When it comes to local businesses if you can’t find your “business name” available in the dot-com then trying to add a state modifier. This will not only help you get your name but will also help with the ranking of your website on google.  (www.yourbusinessTN.com, www.yourbusinessNY.com)

The best way to look at it is to follow a few simple rules…

  1. KISS – Keep It Short & Simple! You need to make sure it is easy to spell & say.  I’d also try to get a name the rolls off of the tongue.
  2. No abbreviations, numbers or dashes – If you use abbreviations like “Mr.” you then have to always say “M.R.” when you tell people your domain. So try to stay away from those. When you use numbers you have the same problem because if you use “3” then you have to tell people that, instead of “three”. The last thing you need to be sure of is to not use any dashes. (www.best-website.com) it is always confusing and forgotten by almost everyone.
  3. Be Branded – If you are building a blog for yourself, then you need to get “www.yourname.com” try initials and different variations if your name is taken. (www.johnjdoe.com, www.jjackdoe.com, www.jjdoe.com, www.johnjd.com)
  4. Use .com! – Regardless what type of site you are building I always say it is better to have a .com.  You have to “Think like your dumbest customer/reader” (a quote by Mickey Trivett … we were talking about marketing and that stuck with me) Most people are used to using .com as the primary extension. So, don’t confuse them.
  5. No TLD Extensions – This, I am telling you based on personal experience. When I started the Small Biz Academy I loved the name.  It was catchy and I thought it would be better.  But, even with the domain being an “Exact Match” (This is an SEO Search Term.) it took me almost 6 months to get indexed for “Small Biz Academy”. So I’d recommend you stay with .com. (If you do decide to grab www.myawesome.website you can use that and redirect it to your website for your business cards or for specific “landing pages”.)
  6. Avoid Trademarks! – If you are still in the early stages and haven’t already checked for trademarks … DO IT NOW!!  You can use a few different searches.  I’ve used both Trademarkia.com and Knowem.com.  (I highly recommend using www.knowem.com they not only check your name against trademarks it will also allow you to see if the .com is available and also shows you if the username is available across ALL of the social media platforms.)

 

Now that we have covered that, go grab your domain! For domains, hosting and SSL Certificates, I’d personally recommend HostYak (it is my reseller with GoDaddy. I will receive a commission but, let’s be honest, for a domain I might make $1 but I wanted to let you know.

I hope this has helped! If you have any questions, be sure to shoot me a DM on Instagram @cjhallock

Also, want to say if you are having a problem coming up with a name you can use business name generators. I’ve used some of them for years and I swear by them.  Get more info on Business Name Generators Here!

 

 

How to Make Your Blog Or Website More Appealing to Your Readers

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Every blogger/website owner who earns income from their blog/website knows that the only way you can make money is by getting and keeping the traffic coming. Without your readers, you wouldn’t be making money at all. That is the key to building your website.

There are lots of ways to get them there, but the question is – how do you keep them returning?  If a reader isn’t impressed by your blog at all, then they’ll leave your blog, never to return again.

With them goes their blog’s traffic that you could’ve benefited from if they’d linked to you. Here are some tips to make your blog or website appealing enough to keep the traffic there to earn you some money.

The most common mistake some bloggers make is in their blog’s design. Blog readers not only look for interesting and informative content – but they also want to come to an inviting space to read it.

The blog’s design needs to be inviting to them and comforting. It’s crucial not to have anything that would annoy them to the point of leaving because they can’t stand it. Make sure you’re not annoying them with a colored font that’s hard to read or a bunch of graphics that are too distracting.

A few animated graphics are fine but don’t have “flashing ads” and glittering graphics detracting from your blog’s message – or your strategically-placed advertisements.  It’s fine to use a colored font for your posts, but make sure it’s easy to read.

A pale yellow font color against a pure white background may be too difficult for the visitors to read. They shouldn’t clash with the background color either. Clashing colors can give visitors headaches, so they’ll leave your site without bookmarking it for a later visit.

The other common mistake bloggers tend to make is with their content. Some bloggers don’t update very often. If you only post once a month, your readers will forget you’re there and won’t return to your site. Post to your blog at least three times a week to keep human visitors and search engine spiders coming back.

Some bloggers also make the mistake of only providing text content to their blogs. Text posts are great, but mix it up a little every once in a while with multi-media formats.  Provide some interesting pictures, audio files, and videos. Offer a little variety and your visitors will come back to check and see what else you’ve been up to.

It’s also important to stick to your blog’s niche topic. If you’re blogging about Homeschooling, then stick to that topic. Providing information about a celebrity’s latest excursion will turn off your readers unless it somehow relates to homeschooling.

To make your blog successful in bringing you money, make sure you make the blog appealing to your readers.  If your readers keep coming back, your chances of making money from your ads and offers will increase.

Last but not least, you want to avoid annoying pop-up ads that are hard to close.  If a visitor is wanting to read your content and can’t because of pop-ups that interrupt them from reading your content, will leave forever! So please stay away!

Other than that you should be good to go! So, if you haven’t yet, start your website/blog today!

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How Much Should A Website Cost? Do I Save Money If I Build My Own Website?

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How much should a website cost in 2019?

Determining the cost of a website is not the easiest thing.  Not to mention, it is a very touchy subject for web designers. There is no secret formula to decide what a new website or a redesign should cost.  You could call and ask for a proposal from multiple freelancers/marketing firms.  But, the prices will vary.

You get what you pay for … sometimes.

Unfortunately the old phrase, “you get what you pay for”, doesn’t really fit the website design space.  I have been building websites since the late 90’s and have found that the prices for a website are based on “what the market will bear”. But, there is a lot of gray space in that phrase.

Basic Website Design Cost

When building a website you will have a few costs that are the same regardless of the site.

The first thing you will have to pay for is a domain (.com, .net, .org, etc.) which will cost around $15 per year. This is what people type into the “address bar” to go to your website.  Think of this as your online address. There are many different companies that offer domain registration but, we recommend HostYak.

The second thing you will need to buy is hosting.  Web hosting service allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible online. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients. Basically put, it is where the files for your website are stored online. This will cost around $20 per month. The cool thing with HostYak is you will get a FREE SSL Certificate with the recommended hosting plan. (cPanel Ultimate)

Other Costs Associated with Website Design.

Depending on if you are in the hunt for a “Make My Own Website” tutorial or you are paying a designer to do it for you there are a few platforms you should know about.

HTML Websites – Custom coded websites are great when they are designed. The problem is HTML website design is a dated method and normally costs more money that it’s worth ($5,000+)

Content Management System Platforms – Joomla, Drupal, and Others.  These platforms are easy to use but if you are wanting to stay in the loop we recommend you use WordPress.

WordPress is a free “blogging” platform you can use and install on your hosting account to build a website. Just to be clear, I am not talking about WordPress.com which is a standalone blogging platform. WordPress.org is the self-hosted platform that I personally use for ALL of my websites.  According to managewp.com, there are over 70 million WordPress websites published.  Out of those, about 50% use the self-hosted WordPress.org platform.

Now that you understand the platforms, we’re going to get into the cost of a WordPress website.

Cost #1 WordPress Themes
This is in a way a lot like, the old school “templates” but rather more of a guideline for the way your website will look.  Some designers do create custom WordPress themes but the price is a lot higher (approx. $2500 – $5,000)

If you are ok without having a custom theme you can get a theme that will allow you (or the designer) to customize your website in ways most custom themes will for a fraction of the cost (approx. $60). I have found that Salient is the best theme for about 99% of the small business website needs as far as a premium WordPress theme. But, let’s be honest, since I started using the Elementor Pro plugin to design my websites, I stick with one FREE WordPress theme.

Yes, there are free WordPress themes.  Which ones are the best? If you follow along with the free web design tutorial you will see that I use GeneratePress.

Cost #2 The Designer
This is a touchy subject.  I can’t say what designers will charge you for a website but I can say what I charge along with what I have found other designers charge.

For the first 2-3 years, I was building websites for small businesses my price range was from $500 – $1,250. After years of charging the same rates, I increased my prices from $1,250 – $2,500 but the finished product was drastically different between the first few years and the later years.

When it comes to other designers and marketing firms I have found that I am on the lower end of the scale.  I have networked with designers all over the map & after many conversations, I have found that the basic website will cost $2,500 – $5,000 depending on the features included in the website design package you choose.

Some provide content for your pages including text & images. Some will include Search Engine Optimization which will increase the cost of your website a lot if they truly know what they are doing.

The Verdict is Out
Want to know how much a website should cost? Here we go …

The upfront cost for a website includes 4 different things. Please keep in mind these prices are average based on what I’ve seen and the knowledge I’ve gained over a very long career.

Domain with Privacy Registration (approx. $20/year)
Hosting & SSL (approx $20/month & $40/year)
Theme (Free)
ElementorPro Plugin (approx $50/year)

I know as an entrepreneur, paying a designer (approx $2,500) could be a high ticket for a new business.  If you do not have the money for it and would like to build your own website, I have put together a tutorial and am continuing to record tutorials to help you with that question that every budget friendly entrepreneur asks How do I make my own website

Access the training here and keep coming back as we continue to add pieces of training.

I hope this has helped you. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or shoot me a message on Twitter.

If you need a website or have some questions you can contact me directly via the contact page.

Talk Soon,

CJ Hallock

How To Sign Up For A Hosting Account | InMotion Hosting

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Trying to wade through the ocean of hosting companies on the Internet to find the gem that you want for your website can be a real pain. With so many of these companies setting up shop overseas, there are some out there that can take your money and deliver little in return.

They give you poor service with too much downtime, customer service representatives who don’t care about the company’s reputation (or your website) and fees that keep going up. This will show you the difference one company can make in helping entrepreneurs with reliable hosting options.

Located in Los Angeles & Virginia Beach, this company has proven over the years it’s been in business that they look out for their customers. With their 99.9% uptime, the management with InMotion Hosting knows what it takes to keep customers happy.

They’ve also streamlined the hosting process so that you don’t have to have your websites scattered with various hosting companies. They can handle everything you have and they give you unlimited space and unlimited domain hosting with most plans.

Three of their plans are the Launch Plan, the Power Plan, and the Pro Plan. Most new businesses – especially Internet marketers just learning the ropes, choose to go with the Power Plan, which does effectively meet their initial needs.

With the Power Plan, you can get set up for only $8.49 a month if you pay for service for two years at a time. If that’s too long for you, then paying for it by the year is only $9.56 for the twelve months.

With the purchase of your hosting accounts, you will receive a free (.com) domain. Before you register a domain I’d recommend thinking about the name you chose. Starting with a good domain is very important.

how to register a domain and sign up for hosting

Once you have found the best name for your business/project the next step is to register your domain and sign up for hosting. When you go to www.MyHostLink.com you will see that you land on the business hosting page.

The package that you need to sign up for (for starters only) is “Power”. Click on “Order Now” & then chose the registration duration (1 or 2 years) It will break down to what it would cost monthly but you are required to pay in advance.

For 1 year it will cost about $85 & 2 years will cost about $150. (Prices are subject to change.)

Once you chose what duration period you want it will take you to the checkout page. There is a good possibility that you will get a pop-up for an upsell. You do not need this at this moment so you can just click on “No Thanks”.

Chose your Data Center – If they have availability for multiple servers at the time you sign up you will see multiple options for your data center. If you see the options, just chose the data center closest to you.

Do not install WordPress here. We are going to do this later so we can customize our advanced settings. So keep this section set to “No, Thanks” Click on “Continue”.

Enter in the domain you want to purchase on the next page and click search to start the process. Once you see the success message “Great news, thedomainyouwanted.com is available!” click on “Add to Cart” & then click on “Continue”

The next section is for “Domain Privacy Registration”. I highly recommend that you keep the privacy registration setting on. For only about $10/year this will keep your information private so that people can’t do a “WHOIS” reverse search to find your phone number, email address, mailing address, etc. Click on “Continue”

Once you have done that you will need to create a new account. Under “New Customer” please enter your email address & click continue.

On the next page fill out your information to create your account and complete the purchase. Now click “Continue”

Once you get to the “Review Your Order” page, please be sure to go over all of the information. Then you need to click “I Agree” on the bottom of the page to agree to the purchase & Terms of Service. Then click on “Checkout”

Now you have completed the process to register your domain name and have signed up for hosting. The next thing you need to do is check your email account for an email from InMotion Hosting to set your password & verify your account. Please follow those emails and complete this step.

What Should You Put In Your WordPress Sidebar

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***Disclaimer*** UPDATE: With the evolution of the internet, I have recently decided personally not to use “Sidebars” I will cover this inside of the Blitz Challenge.

Now that you know what you want your website pages to look like, it’s time to hop into your WordPress sidebar.

NOTE: If you do not plan on blogging you can skip this step. But, I don’t recommend it. There are many benefits to blogging and I’d recommend that you take advantage of what is there.

When it comes to your sidebar you will want to have a few things for sure:

  • Search Box – If your going to be blogging you will want a way for people to search for the different posts on your blog. This is a must have for any active blogs.

  • About Link or Short Bio – When you are blogging you will find that some people will find your posts before they look at the main pages on your website. So having a short bio and/or a link to your About page will let your blog readers know a little bit more about you than just being the person who wrote the blog.

  • Popular Posts – After you’ve been blogging for a while you will find that there are 4-5 posts that are really popular and you should showcase these because if the majority of your readers like a select few posts more than others then why not drive more traffic to them.

  • Recent Posts – This helps make the rabbit hole deeper. If your reader finds you via a blog post and they like what they read, they may want to read more and if you don’t have an easy way to send them to more content you may lose out on getting them as a customer.

  • Contact Information – This doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple text with your phone number, address & maybe a button to your contact page can be an easy step towards getting your visitor to becoming a lead/customer.

  • RSS Subscription – This is a way for people to get emails any time you publish a blog post. It isn’t hard to set up and is very helpful.

  • Call-to-Action – You want to have a solid call-to-action in your sidebar to get them to take a step closer towards becoming a customer. This could be a simple (Call for a FREE Estimate) or (Click here to download our White-paper on X)

  • Social Links – If you are using social links in your header you may not want to use this section for all of your social media links. Instead, you may want to use this to spotlight the top 2 or 3 social media sites you are active on the most. This will make sure you don’t overwhelm them with links but still gets them to connect with you.

Of course, there are a ton of different things that aren’t listed here that you might want to have on your sidebar. Don’t feel like you can’t be different and have something I don’t have listed here. Remember this is your website, so make it yours.

Now that you have an idea of what you want to have on your sidebar it is time to go put it together. You get to the area for your sidebar within your Dashboard by going to Appearance → Widgets

There are 2 Sidebars on this page. The default is to have a “Right Sidebar” I’d recommend that you keep it that way. Although if you like the sidebar being on the left then by all means … go right ahead. 🙂

The Right Sidebar section should already have a few widgets in it. Use this to implement what you want in your design.

How To Install The FREE WordPress Theme | GeneratePress

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Installing your WordPress theme is very easy. Once you login you go to install your theme by ..

Dashboard > Appearance > Theme > Add New

Once you are on the Add New WordPress Theme Page all you need to do is search for your desired theme.

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GeneratePress is the WordPress Theme we are going to be using. Once you Search for the theme, simply install & activate. When you hover over the theme thumbnail you will see a “Preview” (Don’t worry about this, we are going to customize the entire site so this won’t matter) and then you will see an “Install” button. Click on “Install” and once it installs that same button will turn into an “Activate” button. Click on “Activate”. That is it!

Now, you need to delete all of the other default WordPress themes.

From the “Themes” page, hover over the other themes and click on “Theme Details” then in the bottom right corner of the theme popup click on “Delete”

You will get a popup asking for you to confirm. Click “OK”. Repeat until GeneratePress is the only theme left.

Secure Your WordPress With An SSL Certificate | How To…

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If you are building your own website, I cannot stress enough how important this step is. Before we go through the steps to get our SSL Certificate I want to go over some info with you.

Netscape began using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) in 1994 as a means of sending sensitive data over the web.

Before the introduction of SSL it was difficult to ensure privacy over the web in online transactions & data collection via online forms. There was a general distrust of the ability to conduct online transactions and a fear that an individual’s credit card & other personal information could be picked up by a third party and used for unauthorized purchases.

What makes SSL unique is an encryption technique that sends credit card and other personal data through the web. This encryption technique makes the information totally useless to anyone who does not have decoding abilities. If a third party were to intercept the information it would be useless to them.

The use of SSL Digital Certificates also provides a unique level of trust because a certificate verifies the users’ authenticity. This is an important step in instilling trust in potential customers. Many savvy internet users will avoid websites entirely if they do not use SSL.

Without the proper use of SSL, information such as credit card numbers, third parties with less than positive motivations could obtain passwords and personal identification numbers.

A 128-bit key that is harder to break and typically protects personal account information than the 40-bit key. If your name and address is all that is being protected a 40-bit key may be used; the higher bit the key, the greater level of encryption. Most financial institutions only use 128-but keys for the security of their client’s data.

As an online marketer, you will likely be asking your visitors for personal data. Don’t be surprised if your potential customer determines their willingness to do business with you based on the security of your website. Many customers will look for the SSL symbol and will move along if they don’t find it. SSL use can also be recognized by a green padlock symbol in the address bar of your browser window. If the symbol is unlocked then SSL is not in use on the site.

SSL should be enacted on pages requiring a password or might contain personal data most clients would like to keep private. Some sites will place SSL on some pages and forget other pages that are equally as sensitive. For the sake of your personal experience with e commerce, you should implement SSL protocol.

Now that we have covered the basics of what an SSL is, let’s go buy one & get it set up!

You can purchase your SSL via HostYak by going to http://www.hostyak.com/products/ssl

The package you need is a Standard SSL. This is going to run you $39.99/year. We will get back to HostYak in a little bit.

In order to activate this, we are going to get inside of our InMotion cPanel & under the “Security” panel you need to click on “SSL/TLS”.

The first thing we are going to do is to delete all current SSLs that may come with your hosting.

You will see 4 sections. Private Keys, Certificate Signing Requests(This also is referred to as CSR, Certificates & Install and Manage SSL for your site (HTTPS)

Start by clicking on “Manage SSL sites.” under the fourth option.

Under the “Manage Installed SSL Websites” section if you see a certificate you will want to click on “Uninstall”

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Once you finish that you need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Return to SSL Manager or you can click on the cPanel at the top and go back to the SSL/TLS section again.

The next thing you are going to need to do is to click on “Generate, view, or delete SSL certificate signing requests.”

On this page you will need to fill in your information.

Do not worry about the Key section you can skip over that. (Just in case it should say Generate a new 2,048 bit key.)

In the domains section you need to put your domain like this → testedurl.com

Enter your city, state, country, company, email, passphrase(this should be something you can remember – think of this as another password) & a description then click on Generate.

Once you get that you will have your “Encoded Certificate Signing Request

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You need to copy the entire thing and past in into a notepad or somewhere where you can keep it and know it’s secure:

—–BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–
Copy All Of The Crazy Stuff Here Too
—–End CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–

Be sure to ONLY COPY ENCODED CERTIFICATE SIGNING REQUEST

Ok, now we need to go back to HostYak. Once you login, you will want to make sure you are on the “My Products” page. Under SSL Certificates, click on “Set up” for the SSL you want to install. (If you only have one then you should only have one.)

That is where you will need to paste your CSR from InMotion. Be sure to agree to the terms and conditions then click on “Request Certificate” This process can take between 10-15 minutes. (It’s time for a break! :P)

Now that we’ve given it some time to issue the certificate if you should see a screen that has a massive download button.

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If you click on Download, it will download the certificate that we need to install on InMotion. All you need to do on the next page is to set the server to Apache.

You then will need to “Unzip” the file. (If you are on a PC I recommend using 7-Zip. I’ve used it for a few months and love it. PS. It is FREE!) (If you are on a mac you should be able to double click on the zip file to unzip it.)

When you unzip the file it will have a file that is a .crt inside of the folder. We are going to use this file next so be sure to have it in a location you can find on your computer.

Now, if you go back in your InMotion cPanel and go back to the SSL/TLS section you need to click on “Generate, view, upload, or delete SSL certificates.” under “Certificates (CRT)”

The next thing that we’re going to is delete the “- Self Signed -”certificates that are on your server. This is easy, all you need to do (if you have a “- Self Signed -” certificate) is click on delete. It will take you to another page asking if you are sure … click delete again.

If you go back to the SSL Certificates (CRT) page you will need to click on “Choose File” and then fill out your description and click on Upload Certificate.

installing a HostYak SSL Certificate

Once you do that you should get a success message:

The certificate for the domain “yourwebsitename.com” has been saved.

Moving forward everything that you do with your website should be done via https://

If you don’t know what that means and you are just following along, don’t worry. Just keep following the steps and you will be fine.

***If you find that you are not getting the green padlock showing that your website is secure, you may want to use WhyNoPadlock.com to see what the issue is.

How To Change Your Domain Name Servers

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If you used the free domain when signing up for your hosting you can skip this step. If you used HostYak then you will need to set your nameservers. This will tell the browsers what host to look at for your website files so when they go to your domain, they see your website.

In order to do this, you need to sign in to your HostYak account. Once you sign in you need to get to the “My Products” page and in the “Domains” section, click on Manage All. (The process will be close to the same for other domain registrars like GoDaddy, NameCheap, etc.)

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The page that will take you to will have all of the domains that you own with HostYak. Click on your URL to get to the domain settings.

Go towards the bottom of the page and click on “Manage DNS”

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This is going to take you to the DNS Management page. In the second section, you will see the “Nameservers” section.

Click on change and then select custom and enter the nameservers for your hosting account. Most of the time if you are hosting with InMotion your nameservers will be: (ns1.inmotionhosting.com) (ns2.inmotionhosting.com)

If you are not sure what your nameservers are, you can call into your hosting account and they will be able to tell you what they are.

Fill in the nameservers and click on “Save”

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If you are hosting with HostYak, once you have your hosting account setup you’ll need to call them to get your name servers… (480) 624-2500 – Be sure to have your customer number and call in pin ready 🙂

InMotion Hosting

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Check out Inmotion Hosting: Click Here

Trying to wade through the vast number of hosting companies on the Internet to find the gem that you want for your business can be a real pain. With so many of these companies setting up shop overseas, there are some out there that can take your money and deliver little in return.

They give you poor service with too much downtime, customer service representatives who don’t care about the company’s reputation (or your business) and fees that keep going up. This InMotion Hosting review will show you the difference one company can make in helping entrepreneurs with reliable hosting options.

InMotion Hosting was founded in 2001 by hosting veterans Todd (technical side) and Sunil (biz side) because hosting was a wild west kind of free for all back then that didn’t really prioritize customer needs, so they saw an opening in the market for a company that actually sought to provide excellent service, especially in the area of technical support and customer service.

They rounded up capital from friends and family, maxed out their credit cards, and opened a tiny office on Sprint Street in downtown LA, basically skid row. Momentum started building in 2003, and in 2004 they opened an office in VA Beach to grow the company.

The original VA Beach office was 450 sq feet of Class C office space near Mt. Trashmore that had a couple of hand me down desks and a two-line phone. We’ve grown exponentially since then… with arguably nicer offices in LA, VA Beach, and now Denver.

They’ve also streamlined the hosting process so that you don’t have to have your websites scattered with various hosting companies. They can handle everything you have and they give you unlimited space and unlimited domain hosting with most plans.

Three of their business plans are the Launch Plan, the Power Plan, and the Pro Plan. Most new businesses – especially Internet marketers just learning the ropes, choose to go with the Power Plan, which does effectively meet their initial needs.

With the first one, the Launch Plan, you can get set up for only $6.39 a month if you pay for service for two years at a time. If that’s too long for you, then paying for it by the year is only $7.46 for the twelve months. Unfortunately, for the Launch and Power Plans do not come with monthly billing options.

If you chose the Pro Plan it does come with a monthly billing option. The monthly billing option is only $15.99.

They always have specials running, so be sure to check and see what current pricing is.

InMotion Hosting even offers a great way to make money by taking part in their reseller hosting plan. If you’re looking to start a business, then creating a web hosting company is easy to launch and it can be very profitable.

You can select what features you want to offer from your company and the only one who earns the profit from the reselling is you. It would be a shame in this InMotion review if the spotlight wasn’t placed on the company’s dedicated servers.

When your business grows, this is something you’ll want to invest in because you can have full control over your hosting environment unlike with shared servers. If you look at the plans InMotion Hosting offers, their willingness to give discounts, their determination to make contacting them a pleasant experience, then there really is no reason not to have your hosting needs served by them.