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#1 RayMaynard


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:20 PM



what should be done first? Building a website or buying a domain? I have already picked my niche and created some content but haven't published anything yet. What do you guys recommend? Is it better to build a website first, then buy a domain or vice versa?

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#2 Darren Olander

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:40 PM

I guess it is whatever you are comfortable with, I imagine the site would have to be built locally until you can upload it to your web host, I've always just bought the domain/hosting and then started on the site - that way you can test and view everything live.

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#3 Clare Bowen

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 04:45 AM

I also go with domain first and then build my sites :) Good luck with your new site Ray, great move!  :) 

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 11:58 AM

I approach this a little differently. If the site is a script, the first thing I want to know is what the script requirements are and then I check with my existing host to see if they can meet those requirements. In those cases I don't have a host, I start looking for hosts that meet those requirements. Most of the time, I keep to those hosts that have proven track records of reliability.

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#5 Cynthiagarden


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 11:20 PM

In my experience, I choose a website-host first. The ease with which to design a website is the determining factor when choosing a host, not merely the price.
This means that I had to shop around to find a host that provides all the elements I needed. I’ve changed hosts twice. But now that I’ve found one that meets (most of) my requirements, I’m loyal to it, because I’ve become comfortable with it. No hosting platform is perfect. But, like a marraige, once you find a template that you like, visual elements that help you be creative, a price you can afford, you’re on your way!
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#6 Sincharde



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Posted 07 September 2018 - 08:25 AM

You have to get a domain first and then set up a hosting server for it. You need all these done first to build a website.

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 12:03 AM

to avoid the mistakes i've been thru, put it in the right perspective, register a domain name usually a .com, host it on a paid webhosting account, that way people will see you mean business.

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 08:08 AM

Buy a domain name first. Before buying, do some keyword research. For best results, you need to have your keyword in the domain name. 


The second thing is to build your site. I recommend a self hosted Wordpress site.


The third, and really the most important thing, is to start building an email list. For this you will need an autoresponder.

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