Where do I register, host and build a website?

Registering a domain is very simple. There are many domain registrars that will gladly register a domain name for you. It is always a good idea to read some of their customer reviews, compare prices and search for any potential registration restrictions.

The most popular domain name extensions are .COM .ORG and .NET

Other top level domain names include: .INFO and .BIZ

There are also country based domain name extensions including;

.AC = Ascension Island
.AD = Andorra
.AE = United Arab Emirates
.AF = Afghanistan
.AG = Antigua and Barbuda
.AI = Anguilla
.AL = Albania
.AM = Armenia
.AN = Antilles
.AP = Asia Pacific
.AQ = Antarctica
.AR = Argentina
.AS = American Samoa
.AT = Austria
.AU = Australia
.AZ = Azerbaijan
.BA = Bosnia and Herzegovina
.BB = Barbados
.BE = Belgium
.BF = Burkina Faso
.BG = Bulgaria
.BH = Bahrain
.BI = Burundi
.BM = Bermuda
.BN = Brunei Darussalam
.BO = Bolivia
.BR = Brazil
.BT = Bhutan
.BY = Belarus
.BZ = Belize
.CA = Canada
.CC = Cocos Islands
.CD = Democratic Republic of Congo
.CF = Central African Republic
.CG = Congo
.CH = Switzerland
.CK = Cook Islands
.CL = Chile
.CM = Cameroon
.CN = China
.CO = Colombia
.CR = Costa Rica
.CU = Cuba
.CX = Christmas Island
.CY = Cyprus
.CZ = Czech Republic
.DE = Germany
.DJ = Djibouti
.DK = Denmark
.DO = Dominican Republic
.DZ = Algeria
.EC = Equador
.EE = Estonia
.EG = Egypt
.ES = Spain
.EU = European Union
.FI = Finland
.FJ = Fiji
.FK = Falkland Islands
.FM = Micronesia
.FR = France
.FO = Faroe Islands
.GB = Great Britain
.GE = Georgia
.GF = French Guiana
.GG = Guernsey/Alderney/Sark
.GH = Ghana
.GI = Gibraltar
.GL = Greenland
.GM = Gambia
.GN = Guinea
.GR = Greece
.GS = South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
.GT = Guatemala
.GU = Guam
.HK = Hong Kong
.HM = Heard Island
.HN = Honduras
.HR = Croatia
.HU = Hungary
.ID = Indonesia
.IE = Ireland
.IL = Israel
.IM = Isle of Man
.IN = India
.INT = International Treaties
.IO = British Indian Ocean Territory
.IR = Iran
.IS = Iceland
.IT = Italy
.JE = Jersey
.JO = Jordan
.JP = Japan
.KE = Kenya
.KG = Kyrgyzstan
.KH = Cambodia
.KR = Korea
.KW = Kuwait
.KY = Cayman
.KZ = Kazahstan
.LB = Lebanon
.LC = Saint Lucia
.LI = Liechtenstein
.LK = Sri Lanka
.LR = Liberia
.LT = Lithuania
.LU = Luxembourg
.LV = Latvia
.LY = Libya
.MC = Monaco
.MD = Moldova
.MG = Madagascar
.MH = Marshall Islands
.MK = Macedonia
.MM = Myanmar
.MN = Mongolia
.MO = Macau
.MP = Northern Mariana Islands
.MQ = Martinique
.MR = Mauritania
.MS = Montserrat
.MT = Malta
.MU = Mauritius
.MX = Mexico
.MY = Malaysia
.MW = Malawi
.NA = Namibia
.NC = New Caledonia
.NF = Norfolk Island
.NI = Nicaragua
.NL = The Netherlands
.NO = Norway
.NP = Nepal
.NU = Niue
.NZ = New Zealand
.OM = Oman
.PA = Panama
.PE = Peru
.PG = Papua New Guinea
.PH = Philippines
.PK = Pakistan
.QA = Qatar
.RE = Reunion Island
.RO = Romania
.RU = Russia
.RW = Rwanda
.SA = Saudi Arabia
.SB = Solomon Islands
.SE = Sweden
.SG = Singapore
.SH = Saint Helena
.SI = Slovenia
.SK = Slovakia
.SM = San Marino
.SN = Senegal
.SO = Somalia
.ST = Sao Tome and Principe
.SU = Soviet Union (USSR)
.SV = El Salvador
.SZ = Swaziland
.TC = The Turks and Caicos Islands
.TD = Tchad
.TF = French Southern Territories
.TH = Thailand
.TJ = Tajikistan
.TM = Turkmenistan
.TN = Tunisia
.TO = Kingdom of Tonga
.TP = East Timor
.TR = Turkey
.TT = Trinidad and Tobago
.TV = Tuvalu
.TW = Taiwan
.TZ = Tanzania
.UA = Ukraine
.UG = Uganda
.UK = United Kingdom
.UM = US Minor Outlying Islands
.US = United States
.UY = Uruguay
.UZ = Uzbekistan
.VE = Venezuela
.VG = British Virgin Islands
.VI = US Virgin Islands
.VU = Vanuatu
.WF = Wallis and Futuna Islands
.WS = Samoa
.YT = Mayotte
.YU = Yugoslavia
.ZA = South Africa
.ZM = Zambia

Additionally, there are also category based domain name extensions such as;

.ads
.adult
.africa
.agency
.airforce
.alsace
.apartments
.app
.arab
.archi
.architect
.army
.art
.associates
.attorney
.auction
.audio
.auto
.baby
.band
.bar
.bargains
.baseball
.basketball
.bayern
.beauty
.beer
.berlin
.best
.bet
.bible
.bid
.bike
.bingo
.bio
.black
.blackfriday
.blog
.blue
.boats
.boo
.book
.boutique
.box
.broadway
.brussels
.budapest
.build
.builders
.business
.buy
.buzz
.bzh
.cab
.cafe
.cam
.camera
.camp
.capetown
.capital
.car
.cards
.care
.career
.careers
.cars
.casa
.cash
.casino
.catering
.center
.ceo
.charity
.chat
.cheap
.christmas
.church
.city
.claims
.cleaning
.click
.clinic
.clothing
.cloud
.club
.coach
.codes
.coffee
.college
.cologne
.community
.company
.computer
.condos
.construction
.consulting
.contact
.contractors
.cooking
.cool
.corp
.corsica
.country
.coupon
.coupons
.courses
.cpa
.credit
.cricket
.cruises
.cymru
.dad
.dance
.data
.date
.dating
.day
.dds
.deal
.deals
.degree
.delivery
.democrat
.dental
.dentist
.desi
.design
.diamonds
.diet
.digital
.direct
.directory
.discount
.diy
.docs
.doctor
.dog
.domains
.dot
.download
.dubai
.durban
.earth
.eat
.eco
.education
.email
.energy
.engineer
.engineering
.enterprises
.equipment
.estate
.eus
.events
.exchange
.expert
.exposed
.express
.fail
.faith
.family
.fan
.fans
.farm
.fashion
.feedback
.film
.final
.finance
.financial
.fish
.fishing
.fit
.fitness
.flights
.florist
.flowers
.fly
.foo
.food
.football
.forsale
.forum
.foundation
.free
.frl
.fun
.fund
.furniture
.futbol
.fyi
.gal
.gallery
.game
.games
.garden
.gay
.gent
.gift
.gifts
.gives
.glass
.global
.gmbh
.gold
.golf
.graphics
.gratis
.green
.gripe
.group
.guide
.guitars
.guru
.hair
.hamburg
.haus
.health
.healthcare
.help
.helsinki
.here
.hiphop
.hiv
.hockey
.holdings
.holiday
.home
.horse
.hospital
.host
.hosting
.hot
.hotel
.house
.how
.immo
.immobilien
.inc
.indians
.industries
.ing
.ink
.institute
.insurance
.insure
.international
.investments
.jetzt
.jewelry
.joburg
.juegos
.kaufen
.kids
.kim
.kitchen
.kiwi
.koeln
.krd
.kyoto
.land
.lat
.latino
.law
.lawyer
.lease
.legal
.lgbt
.life
.lighting
.limited
.limo
.link
.live
.living
.llc
.llp
.loan
.loans
.lol
.london
.love
.ltd
.ltda
.luxe
.madrid
.mail
.maison
.management
.map
.market
.marketing
.mba
.media
.medical
.meet
.melbourne
.meme
.memorial
.men
.menu
.miami
.mobile
.moda
.moe
.mom
.money
.mortgage
.moscow
.moto
.mov
.music
.nagoya
.navy
.network
.new
.news
.ngo
.ninja
.now
.nrw
.nyc
.nz
.okinawa
.one
.ong
.onl
.online
.organic
.osaka
.paris
.partners
.parts
.party
.pay
.pet
.pets
.phd
.phone
.photo
.photography
.photos
.physio
.pics
.pictures
.pid
.pink
.pizza
.place
.play
.plumbing
.plus
.poker
.porn
.press
.productions
.promo
.properties
.property
.pub
.qpon
.quebec
.racing
.radio
.realestate
.realty
.recipes
.red
.rehab
.reise
.reisen
.rent
.rentals
.repair
.report
.republican
.rest
.restaurant
.review
.reviews
.rich
.rip
.rocks
.rodeo
.rsvp
.rugby
.ruhr
.run
.ryukyu
.saarland
.sale
.salon
.sarl
.save
.school
.schule
.science
.scot
.search
.security
.services
.sexy
.shiksha
.shoes
.shop
.shopping
.show
.singles
.site
.ski
.soccer
.social
.software
.solar
.solutions
.soy
.spa
.space
.sport
.sports
.spot
.store
.stream
.studio
.study
.style
.supplies
.supply
.support
.surf
.surgery
.sydney
.systems
.taipei
.tattoo
.tax
.taxi
.team
.tech
.technology
.tennis
.thai
.theater
.theatre
.tienda
.tips
.tires
.tirol
.today
.tokyo
.tools
.top
.tour
.tours
.town
.toys
.trade
.trading
.training
.tube
.university
.uno
.vacations
.vegas
.ventures
.versicherung
.vet
.viajes
.video
.villas
.vin
.vip
.vision
.vlaanderen
.vodka
.vote
.voting
.voto
.voyage
.wales
.wang
.watch
.web
.webcam
.website
.wed
.wedding
.whoswho
.wien
.wiki
.win
.wine
.work
.works
.world
.wow
.wtf
.在线
.موقع
.公益
.移动
.我爱你
.москва
.онлайн
.сайт
.орг
.商城
.中文网
.संगठन
.网络
.手机
.بازار
.شبكة
.机构
.组织机构
.рус
.みんな
.网址
.游戏
.企业
.xyz
.yachts
.yoga
.yokohama
.you
.zip
.zone

If your online business targets customers from all over the world, then you might want to choose a .COM .NET or .ORG domain name extension, but if your site only caters to people in a particular country, then you may wish to register a country specific domain name extension. If your online business is an online store, then you might want to register a category based domain name extension such as —–.STORE

Let’s look at the following example.

If I decide to sell used clothes online and I want to sell them worldwide, then I might be interested in purchasing a .com .net or .org domain name.

If I decide to sell used clothes online and I want to sell them to Australian residents only, then I might be interested in purchasing a .com.au domain name.

If I believe that a category based domain name extension would be more memorable for my customers, then I might choose to register a .SHOP or .STORE domain name.

Really, the sky is the limit. It all depends on what you’d like to do, what you prefer and what you think would be best for you.

Registering a domain name

There are literally hundreds of domain registrars, but here’s our list of of recommended domain registrars.

Finding a web hosting service

There are also countless hosting services to choose from, and again, your hosting needs (whether you need a shared hosting account, a reseller account, a VPS account or a dedicated server account) will depend on what you would like to set up and the software that you will use to run the website.

In any case, the following hosting services are reliable and can perhaps help you to choose the right hosting package for your needs.

Building the site would be the next step.
Although there are thousands of tools and scripts to help you build your chosen website, WordPress.org is one of the most popular website creation tools because it is free, feature packed and there are literally thousands of free themes and plugins that can be used to build almost type of website that you can think of.

Additionally, you might also find the script that you need to build and manage your site in the software programs.

Alternatively, you may choose to hire a freelancer to create a special software program or script to run your online business.