Many people are intimidated by the idea of creating a website on their own. The truth is, anyone can create a website and have it live in 15 minutes. You don’t need to know any code or spend thousands of dollars (US) to get started. All you need are a domain name and hosting.
No, seriously.. that’s it!
This article isn’t intended to a tutorial on how to create a website.. there’s a link to that at the end. The content of this page is just to introduce you to the basic idea of what domain and hosting are.
For some people, the only tricky part of creating a website is acquiring hosting and your domain name; and it’s not because they’re overly technical or expensive. In fact, they’re actually quite cheap.
The issue for many Jamaicans is that most of the companies that sell domains and hosting only accept payment via credit card or Paypal; and some persons in Jamaica have neither. The workaround is to borrow a friend’s and pay them back or open a Scotia savings account.
Their accounts come with a VISA debit card which is just as good.
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Hosting is basically online rent.
Every website on the internet is located on a physical hard drive somewhere in the world. Setting up a hard drive for hosting and monitoring it for bugs is not something the average person can do.
With the right instructions, a technically competent person may be able to do it but the effort isn’t worth it. Furthermore, it would only be financially feasible if you have thousands of sites.
Why create an entire plaza or mall when you can rent a shop?
But the best part of buying hosting is that most packages come with Softaculous which allows you to install web applications such as WordPress with just a few clicks.
Hosting only costs about $12 per month. For most people, that’s less than:
- your internet bill
- your JPS bill
- your water bill
- a 6 piece combo at KFC
A domain name is the string you type in to visit a website. For example, google.com or abc.net.
This costs about $12 per year but Jamaican residents can also acquire a .com.jm domain name for free from the University of the West Indies. I tried the latter approach once and it took about six weeks to get the domain.
Furthermore, I had to call multiple times to actually get the name registered and if I needed to make any changes, I would have to contact them again.
If you’re strapped for cash, you can give it a shot. But if you have $12 per year to invest in your business, go with an actual domain registrar such as Namecheap or GoDaddy.
After you purchase your these two thing, you don’t have to spend anything else to get your website online. And you still don’t need to know any code.