Internet Presence: Register your own domain

We hope you will find this mini series interesting and helpful. We will publish a few blog posts that hopefully may help you to get your business online in a way where you are your own ‘master of the universe’ in regards your website hosting and management.

Have you ever thought about setting up your own website? You may have started with a free website under a generic domain name, for example, yourname.somedomain.com, yourname.Wordpress.com etc.. You always depend on the company offering you some cheesy subdomain that probably injects ads into your website.

There is a good solution for this. If you register your own domain name and have a hosting company taking care of the updates and security patches, you have an online presence with your very own name, very own e-mail address and can manage it as you want. No third party ads and tons of options, template designs tailored to your business.

We started to have our own ‘cheesy’ website over 2 decades ago and thought: there must be a better way. We started to register our own domain names in 1998, found some good hosting companies and published our own content using Microsoft Frontpage, JavaScript, Perl scripts and later on PHP scripts. As work became busier and busier, we stopped doing our own coding and started to use WordPress. Easy to setup, easy to install plugins for all kind of needs and adjust the templates to fit our own style and business needs. More about this coming up soon to this blog.

As a first step, think about a catchy name you want to use. We have registered this domain name, as well as Blackandwhite.li, Monochrome.one and one catchy name related to photography f-s.top – There are many more options available than just Top Domain Names .com, .net, .org etc.

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For example: yourname.photos, yourname.photography – If you setup a subdomain, you could even setup a website named with your first and last name in the domain name. For example. john.smith.photography or so.

Please use the above search box for your searches and registration of services. We earn a small commission for each sale which keeps this website up and running and helps us to continue offering great content.

For some ideas or if you want a handpicked domain we have secured, visit our domain name page. This may give you some ideas or you may just have found the one of a kind domain name you haven’t thought about it before.

 

Handpicked Domain names

Finding a good domain name and securing it before someone grabs it can be challenging, especially for people who do not have any experience in doing so. We have been registering domain names and setting up websites since 1998.  We have a small number of domain names that may certainly appeal to photographers worldwide.

Please visit our domain name page and see if any of these domain names are appealing to you. You can also drop us an e-mail if you need assistance in registering domain names and hosting your website(s). At least, we can convey you our opinion and hopefully give you some new ideas.

We can also help you getting started, searching & registering your own domain name and offer you WordPress Hosting or point you in the right direction, depending what your needs are. Our goal is to inspire other photographers and get them an online presence.

 

 

To get more familiar, you can get started by searching the domain names you are interested in using the below form.

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You can register a domain name yourself or can ask us to do it for you.

So, you want to have your own Picfair store?

This tutorial is for photographers who want to setup a Picfair store with a personal domain name. Check out Picfair Plus which gives you a few nice options for a personalized online portfolio where you can sell your photos. This sets you apart from the standard Picfair store where you have to compete with other photographers.  This post doesn’t go into depth on how to configure you store, but hopefully will be a starting point to get the ball rolling. Note: we do not get paid by Picfair for this article. We just love their business model and online store concept.

We have a Picfair promo code for you. Get a discount for your first subscription; first month for monthly subscription or first year for yearly subscription.

Once you have created a Picfair account, you can go shopping for your personal domain name. Instead of a generic Picfair address (https://johndoephotos.picfair.com/  you can consider having a name such as monochome.one, shutterspeed.one,  etc.

Use the below search box to search for something you have in our mind. We will get a small commission if you purchase via the Namecheap search box / site:

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Alternatively, you can buy or rent one of the domains we currently own.

Once you have your store setup and have purchased your own domain name, you can configure it easily via the Picfair store setup interface and also make the needed adjustments on your CNAME record on the domain name you just purchased. We can certainly help you doing so and also register and ‘host’ the domain name for you. We will be doing the configuration of the CNAME for you and setup email accounts so that your communications with potential customers are coming from your own domain name () rather than some cheesy gmail accounts.

 

 

Internet Presence: Reseller Hosting

This post is briefly talking about what the benefits of a Reseller Hosting account are. Like we mentioned in the previous post, a shared hosting account is great if you are the owner of multiple websites and/or manage websites for others. This is useful for customers you may have who do not want to deal with setting up e-mails and all the administration that comes with a website.

In essence, Reseller Hosting gives you more control and more resources than Shared Hosting. Think of Reseller Hosting as a parental figure to Shared Hosting. As a reseller, you’re allowed to create and manage multiple Shared Hosting accounts, with the intention of selling them to your clients.

What is Reseller Hosting ?

Reseller Hosting is a type of web hosting that allows you (the reseller) to purchase a hosting provider’s resources wholesale and resell them to your clients for a profit. Ideal for web developers, web design firms or web hosting entrepreneurs, Reseller Hosting allows you to create your own branded hosting service and your own pricing structure.

The reseller hosting is much more expensive, but if you have a number of potential customers lined up already or have a solid business plan, you are good to go. Maybe starting with the smallest account and upgrade later. We do not use a Reseller Accounts as we do manage the websites ourselves. It all depends on how you want to manage your websites and probably how these shall be managed.

Internet Presence: Shared Hosting

In the previous posts, we talked about registering your domain and about setting up a hosted WordPress account. Now, if you are not sure if WordPress is what you want, you can start setting up a shared hosting account, probably one that allows you to setup up to 3 websites to start with or a shared hosting account where you can setup unlimited number of websites, under one cPanel account.

If you haven’t secured your domain name, you can search the name you have in mind by using the form below:

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The main reason why we selected the Shared Web Hosting account is, that we do not plan to offer re-seller accounts and it fits our needs perfectly. We can setup personalized email accounts and select the web applications that fits our needs.

It comes with CPanel which allows you to completely manage your website, setting up email accounts, install applications and much more.

What is a Shared Web Hosting account?

Shared Web Hosting is an entry-level type of web hosting where one physical server hosts multiple websites (and often hosts hundreds of users). Since each user gets (“shares”) a section of that individual server where they can host their website files, this keeps costs low. Here users share system resources on-demand, receiving a percentage of databases, disk space, CPU, RAM as well as email and FTP accounts. Other resources include the single MySQL server, Apache server, and mail server. Considered the most cost-effective option, Shared Server Hosting offers enough resources for any startup, local business, or personal website.

A shared hosting account offered by Namecheap comes with Softaculous with tons of web applications that may fit your needs. Besides WordPress, you can find Helpdesk applications, shopping cart solutions, online photo galleries and much more.

In our next post, we will talk about if a reseller hosting account would be a good fit for you. It should help to to decide what option works best for you as it depends on how many websites you want to setup, if you manage them all by yourself, or if you want to offer a web hosting service for others.

Domain Name Registration: Bait and Switch

Hello my friends – this is just a short article in regards being tricked by internet hosting companies. I have registered a domain name with a Swiss company for over a decade. Now, out of the blue, they sent me a confirmation e-mail: Oh, by the way, we have just upgraded your account with some stuff you don’t need, but don’t worry, just fork over more money…. . It seems that the reason why they went to that length shows that they probably have miscalculated their investments and want their customers to foot the bills.

If this happens to you and you don’t agree this ‘Bait and Switch’ approach, which I don’t know if it is legal, transfer your domain name as fast as you can as you don’t know what the next surprise is when you take the bait.

I transferred my domain, although for that domain it was a manual process, but I the transaction was completed in no time. For some domain names, such as.li, .ch it is a manual process and I can assist you, if needed.

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Internet Presence: WordPress Hosting

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As described in our previous post, you need to make sure you secure a compelling new domain name that is in line with the services or information you want to offer to your customers, followers or fans. If you haven’t followed the previous task, you can still search for a good domain name using this search:

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Now, after security and registering your domain name, you need to think about what content you want to offer and what publishing solution you want to use. It all depends on what your plans are. Most of the small business websites, such as dentists, car repair shops, photographers and others use WordPress. More about this later. The reason why we mention this at this stage is, that depending on your needs, you need to make sure that the hosting company you want to use offers the services you need at an affordable price.

If you think of having one website and only use WordPress, my preferred company Namecheap offers EasyWP that gives you all you need to setup your WordPress based website. They probably offer the most affordable and reliable WP Solution on the market. Click here for pricing information:

“This isn’t just cheap WordPress Hosting. With EasyWP, your WordPress website is managed by our very own optimized cloud technology, giving you that “set-and-forget” experience. This unique infrastructure is designed to let each and every website live and grow quickly, without hiccups.”

 

In the next post, we will describe what other options you have besides WordPress Hosting and which solution we have selected and why.

Posting to WordPress via e-Mail

Have you ever wanted to publish a new WordPress post without having to logon into WordPress and writing the post? This is very helpful if you are ‘in the field’ and need want to post your subscribers immediately. This, however, needs some configuration to post within a specific time frame.

If you are running a business, such a restaurant, food truck or any other business where you have ‘daily’ posts, you can install plugins, such as “PublishPress Future” that will expire and disable or delete past posts.

Example: You have daily specials you want your customers to know about, but do not want to keep the special from the previous day(s). Out in the ‘field’, you just want to post the latest News via email from your mobile phone to your WP site and also have another plugin that inactivates posts that have expired. As simple as that.

For now, enjoy this tutorial: