What do I need to start a website?

Domain Name

Domain names serve as the "address" of your website, like "google.com" or "facebook.com". Domain names can be purchased from hosting companies, not just domain name companies. It's best to buy the domain through your hosting company because it can save you money and make things easier to manage.

If you can't get the domain name you want with a ".com," try getting a ".net" or other versions.


Hosting means storing your website on a computer called a server. The server is what makes your website available on the internet. Hosting companies, like BlueHost, charge a monthly fee for storing websites on their servers.

A Website

There are countless options when it comes to website design. Before searching for a web designer, decide what features you'd like on your website. This will make it easier to communicate with different web firms, and also quicker to decide which company can best fill your needs.

Here are some of the options you might consider for your website: