Start Your Business: Be the Master of your Domain

Hey newbie. We’re talking to you. Yeah, you who wants to start your new photography business. You bought a camera. You’ve even taken a few incredible pics of gorgeous weddings. Sure you were a second shooter for most of them. Guess what? You’re still a real photographer! Proclaim it and Own it! And do you know what you need now? A real, professional, beautiful website and blog!

But where do you start?

You need a domain

You are the queen. Or king. And you need a kingdom to rule over. Enter: getting a domain name. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get one, so we researched four reputable options, and you can pick the one that makes the most sense for you and your business. There are MANY options out. This is not an exhaustive list. And also note that cheaper options are available if you want to go the .blog, .co, etc route, instead of doing a dot com. Figure out what makes sense for your business right now, but also know that it is a pain to make the switch from being ‘daisyphotographer.blog’ and then making it big and wanting to switch to ‘daisyphotographer.com’ . Have faith that you won’t always be a start up!

Google

With domains starting at $12 a year, this is on par with it’s competitors.

Their e-mail options are pretty extensive, which comes at a price.

With G Suite, you can create custom email addresses for your domain, such as you@yourbusiness.com, add email aliases, and manage all your mail from one inbox. This is kind of an amazing selling point.

Each user subscription includes 30 GB of online storage, calendar, video conferencing, docs, and more tools for your business. If you need help, the G Suite Support team is available 24/7.

G Suite is $5 per user per month, and you can cancel at any time.

So you are looking at $72/year or $6 a month if you want the amazing e-mail option.

GoDaddy

We’ve all heard of GoDaddy, whether you watch the Superbowl commercials or not.

Their domains start at $11.99, which is apparently on sale from $14.99. Is it actually ever $14.99? Not sure.

You can also add an e-mail address for $2.99 a month

So you are looking at $47.99 for the year, or $3.99 a month, if you add an e-mail address.

Hover

This is another domain option that came highly recommended by Support Pro, Christian.

It’s $12.99 a year. And they have a few e-mail options.

The first is $5 a year to

  • Receive mail
  • Forward to: Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo! Mail, AOL or any other email address you already use.
Their most popular option though, that is perfect for individuals or small businesses is $20 a year, and it:
  • Send and receive mail
  • 10GB of storage
  • Mail forwarding
  • IMAP, POP and Webmail
  • Vacation autoresponder
  • Built-in anti-spam/virus

So if you went with the cheapest option, you are looking at $18/year ($1.50/month) and the most popular option is $33/year (broken down to $2.75/month)

Yahoo via Aabaco

Yahoo domains start at $10.99 . What a great deal!

Except that to be hosted, and get e-mail, it’s an additional $7.49 . They have other incentives to make you pick this option, but if you do, you are looking at spending $

Create a professional website in no time.

Includes easy-to-use tools, a FREE* domain, business mail accounts and $100 worth of search ad credits to help you succeed.

You are looking at spending about $89.89/year or $7.49/month.

Even though the starting price of a domain is the cheapest one we have listed, to get the e-mail option, this is the most expensive.

Set Up Your Domain With Showit

Now that you have your domain picked and paid for, go back into the Showit App, and find the Site Settings.

 

It’s on the left hand side right under your Site’s Name.

A box is going to pop open and the second line is going to say: “Custom Domain: Domain Not Set. EDIT”

Hit EDIT.

Then you will answer a few questions that will then give the Support Pros all the info they need to set up your domain.

And then you sit back and wait. Or you can wait and keep tweaking your site!

Hopefully you found this helpful! You are on your way to getting the website of your dreams, friend! Keep on keepin on.

 

 

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