Put your best self out there
We are going to be building an online resume for you to demonstrate your knowledge and experience so that you can land that high paying job. When you are presenting yourself to a company for employment, you want to put your best self out there. Everything you give them needs to be clean, clear, and professional. You are going to need a few very important things to start with.
You will need
- a personal domain name
- a hosting service
I am going to show you how to get both a domain name and a hosting service using SiteGround. I have been using SiteGround for over a year and I am very happy with my experience and the cost.
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Pick your hosting plan and domain name
SiteGround has several options for website hosting. For most people, the “StartUp” plan is going to be more than sufficient for your needs.
The StartUp plan has the following features, just to name a few:
- Good for a single website
- 10GB of Web Space
- Suitable for around 10k visitors a month
- Easy automated installation of WordPress
When you are ready, choose your plan. Since you probably don’t already have a domain name you can enter what you want here.
Keep in mind that we want something easy, but professional. A suggestion would be to use your first and last name. Or you can use your name and job title.
Here are some examples:
Once you found something and confirmed that it is available, move on to the final step.
The last step will have you fill out your contact and payment information. Also, you will be able to decide if you want to add the options of “Domain Privacy” and “SG Site Scanner”.
I recommend getting the Domain Privacy add-on. I didn’t get this one time and I constantly got junk mail and unwanted phone calls.
The SG Site Scanner option is also a good one, but I will be showing you a couple WordPress plugins that should do the same thing, but are Free.
You should be all set with your new website domain name and hosting. For me, this came to be about $6.25 a month but may vary for you depending on the options you chose.
In the next lesson, I will go over setting up your WordPress installation.