A hand-made Thinkalink website without any watermarks! WEB HOSTING NOT INCLUDED. If you don’t know what web hosting is, it’s space on a server somewhere in the world that holds your website files. DOMAIN NAME NOT INCLUDED. If you don’t know what a domain name is, it’s something that users type into their browser (for example thinkalink.com) so that they don’t have to type a hard to remember IP address into their browser (for example 184.108.40.206.) To purchase web hosting and a domain name, click here. This will take you to SiteGround’s website. SiteGround is an amazing web hosting/domain name provider that offers extremely fast speeds, amazing security, and affordable prices. Once you’re on SiteGround’s website, choose the category that’s right for you. If you’re running a standard website, choose WordPress Hosting. If you’re running an online store and are taking payment details, you might need the extra security of WooCommerce Hosting. Once you’ve chosen the type of hosting you need, you’ll need to choose a plan. With the StartUp plan, you can only host 1 website and it’s a little bit slower than the other plans. With the GrowBig plan, you can host unlimited websites* and you’ll get speed improvements like Ultrafast PHP and Memcached. With the GoGeek plan, you can host unlimited websites* and you’ll be put on the fastest servers with priority customer support. I’d recommend the GrowBig plan to most people since it can host unlimited websites* and it has speed improvements over the StartUp plan. Once you’ve chosen a plan, click Get Plan. Next, you’ll be asked to choose a domain name if you don’t already have one. Type your domain name, for example, thinkalinkisthebest.com. If you have a domain name already, choose I already have a domain, and then type your domain name. Next, you’ll be prompted to create an account. Simply type your email address, password, payment details, etc. We highly recommend purchasing your web hosting for 1 year as your domain has to be purchased for 1 year anyway. Make sure that your data center (the location of the server) and plan is correct. Then, pay attention to the extra services. We highly recommend Domain Privacy as it keeps your personal information safe. Without Domain Privacy, anyone can lookup your domain name and see your full name, email address, and phone number. Spammers use this information to send you junk email/phone calls, so we recommend Domain Privacy. If you don’t see Domain Privacy, it’s because you chose to transfer your domain from another registrar and you purchased Domain Privacy at that registrar. We also recommend SG Site Scanner, as it keeps your website free of malware/viruses. Once you’re ready, click Pay Now. Next, wait for your SiteGround account to be created, and then click Proceed to Customer Area. Once the customer area loads, you’ll see a message saying “Create or Migrate Your Website example.com.” Instead of clicking Set Up Site, you should click your initals in the top-right of the screen, and then click Manage Users. Then, click Add New User. Choose Collaborator, and under Access to website, choose the website you just purchased. Type Thinkalink Web Design as the name and firstname.lastname@example.org as the email address. Then, click Add. You’re not done yet, though! If you purchased your domain name with SiteGround, you’ll receive an email asking you to verify your email address with ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.) You’ll have to click the verification link in this email within 14 days to prevent website suspension. If you didn’t purchase your domain through SiteGround, you’ll have to change your nameservers to SiteGround’s nameservers (ns1.siteground.net and ns2.siteground.net.) in your domain registrar’s control panel. This process is different for every domain registrar, but you should be able to search “How do I change nameservers on [registrar goes here]” to figure out how to do it. Finally, you’ll have to purchase a plan from Thinkalink and we’ll get started!
*When you purchase unlimited websites from SiteGround, you are NOT getting unlimited websites designed by Thinkalink.