Every time a domain name is purchased, the registrar is required to collect the name and contact information, including the address, of the person who is buying it. This information is then made publically available online.
I can, for example, go to a WhoIs website and obtain information about the owner of pretty much any website.
Unless, of course, they paid their registrar to keep this information private.
So, you’ve decided to get started creating your website! Congratulations!
The first thing you need to do (regardless of who’s designing your site) is to sign up for a hosting account and register your domain name. Usually when you sign up with a host, you can knock out both processes in one sitting.
For most business websites I recommend aSmallOrange.com – their exceptionally low-priced “Tiny” shared hosting package is usually sufficient for a basic WordPress website. If space gets tight, you can always upgrade to the “Small” package which has a lot more space for only $15 more per year. The annual fees for Tiny are $35.00 plus $14.55 per domain. I also usually recommend purchasing the ID protection for each domain, which adds an extra $7.00 per domain onto the annual cost. Why is ID Protection important?
Feel free to head on over to aSmallOrange.com yourself, or you can let me do it for you. Regardless, I’ll need your login information in order to begin work on your site.
Not sure what domain name you want?
At some point you’ll need to do some research into what domain name you want to buy. You can use aSmallOrange.com or any domain purchasing website (like GoDaddy or NameCheap) to find out whether the domains you’re considering are even available. You may need to include the city or state name if your business name is not very unique, or switch to an alternate ending, like .net or .org. For simplicity and memorability’s sake, I usually don’t recommend including hyphens or underscores in your domain name. (Let me know if you want some help brainstorming domain name ideas.)
Taken from Facebook’s official article on the topic:
Each person has one account and login information. Each account can have a personal timeline and manage multiple Pages.
- Timelines are for individual, non-commercial use.
- Timelines represent individual people and must be held under an individual name.
- You can follow Timelines to see public updates of people you’re interested in but aren’t friends with.
- Pages look similar to personal timelines, but they offer unique tools for connecting people to a topic you care about, like a business, brand, organization or celebrity.
- Pages are managed by admins who have personal timelines. Pages are not separate Facebook accounts and do not have separate login information from your timeline.
- Pages provide insights to help admins understand how people are interacting with the Page.
- You can like a Page to see updates in News Feed about brands you care about.
It’s also a violation of our terms to use a personal account to represent something other than yourself. Luckily if you’ve been using your profile for your business or rescue, Facebook offers an easy way to convert your profile into a page. Although the only things that will get transferred over will be your profile picture, username, and all your friends and followers, you do have the option of downloading the rest of your Facebook content to a file. You’ll then have to create a personal profile to appoint as admin of that page.