Thursday, January 26, 2012

You have your own Domain. Now What?

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When I started blogging a couple of years ago, I remember that I wanted to design my own website and decided to buy few books on website design. It was quite simple really considering the many web design softwares available in the market. So, I reverse-learn from the many templates available in the Internet. After a couple of weeks I decided I would better start writing/blogging using the free hosted Bloggers or Wordpress, and thought that I could transfer my contents to the 'permanent' website later on.

My blog content have grown to what it is today and I decided to take the next step - buy a domain. My contents are now hosted on a paid web-hosting company for $10 (about RM33.00) a year.

What should I do next? I was browsing Arlington web design the other day and suddenly the urge is back to design my own site. I could download a shareware software for a start, but it'll take quite a lot of my time writing the codes. I have a day job and I could end up less productive as a result. So, I may consider getting help from professional if the price is right.

I'm wondering if other bloggers have experience with other web designers - costs, support services and ease of use. If yes, kindly share so that we could all benefit from them.

18 comments:

Dora said...

Rm33 is cheap for hosting! More blogger are now hosting and own a domain :D
I design my own site, it is not perfect, but I had it done under 30 minutes using a software I download, its still look ok for beginner like me

Meitzeu said...

Recently, I just bought a domain which cost USD10. Well, I just bought it and din't change my blog template. :P

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Diana Diane Teo said...

Hi there and thanks for always drop by my blog.

Regarding domain, never thought of buying one because I prefer to have blogspot name :D

smilla4blogs said...

I think it would be wonderful to have my own domain (my son has one.) The hard part would be all the work necessary to guide people to the site. Do you feel limited using Blogger and what kind of flexibility are you looking for?

©t-Ba said...

i'm also prefer to maintain da blogspot name hehehe. good luck bro.

norman d. namron said...

dulu pun ada terfikir nak buat beli domain ni dr hosting d m'sia ja... anyway,good luck bro...

Armstrong said...

You should renovate your site ;) Or install wordpress hehee.

Congrats on the new domain, dude.

And happy Friday!

de engineur said...

@Dora. Well done, you are one of those with self-designed blog sites.

@Meitzeu. $10 is the going rate and you could add in other features for additional fees.

@Diana Diane Teo. Yeah not really that critical i agree, although others may have different requirements.

@smilla4blog. I think it would still be the same way Google is indexing your blog and its contents in its search engine. So, getting people to your site is not that big an issue. I'm still using Blogger platform, just that my data would be hosted elsewhere not with blogger.blogspot. I heard that with paid domain it opens up possibilities for commercialising your site but that's for the near future and maybe not just yet for me.

@t-Ba & norman d. namron. It is all about need kan, bros.

@Arms. Migrating to Wordpress has been high in the list. I need to find out still if the process is seamless or involve lost of data.

Janet Speaks said...

Congrats on your new domain! I have 3 domains I purchased from Blogger and more than 3 from godaddy which I self-hosted in wordpress.

Thanks btw for visiting my blog!

gadisBunga said...

hey, congratulations! owning a domain shows that u really wanna do something to make the earth survive for another day. heheh~

eh, i mean it ok. :D

kay masingan said...

saya guna wordpress free template ja. x pandai design sendiri. Domain saya netKl. yg pakej rm100 setahun. quite expensive kan..huhuhu.

Mai Yang said...

I have no idea about this. It was all my friend's :)

tehr said...

Aku dah tahun kedua dengan domain dan hosting berbayar
Tapi aku gena theme free je :-)

SJB AKA SUE J-B. said...

Congrats! :)

FiSh SzeHui said...

RM33 only? what a good bargain! :) would love to see a nice theme here as well.

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momto8 said...

I am interested in this also...
I just don't feel like taking the time to explore the options...
good luck!

I'm a full-time mummy said...

After getting your own domain, depends what you plan to do. You want to use your blog for personal journals or make money with it?

If 2nd reason, let me know, I'll share more on what to do :)

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