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This is Chris Engler; the cofounder of Mighty Oak Ministries (MOM) Corporation and Cyber Grapes Services LLC (Cyber Grapes). This article is intended to help you get started creating your very own website with minimal assistance. If you run into any problems at all, visit CyberGrapes.com and there are many ways listed where you can reach out to me and/or my team for help. Now, on with getting you started!…
Step 1: Find and Register a Domain Name (also known as a URL).
A domain name is like your internet phone number. For example, just like dialing 867-5309 on your phone calls Jenny, entering cybergrapes.com into your internet browser takes you to Cyber Grapes. As the founder of both MOM and Cyber Grapes, I shamelessly recommend you purchase your domain through Cyber Grapes. Why choose Cyber Grapes over other domain companies?
- You’ll get very competitive pricing year-over-year. Some companies, will beat our price on your initial purchase or even give you a domain name for free, but you’ll likely pay more for your domains as your registrations renew each year. With Cyber Grapes, you’ll pay the same amount for your domain for year 1, year 2, year 3, etc. with the only exception being us raising the cost if our own cost of registering a domain is raised. This exception happens very rarely, but we want you to be aware it is possible.
- You’ll have a 24/7 support team ready for you at any time of day or night. You’ll receive a username and pin number once you’ve registered your Cyber Grapes Pro account. Call us with that information ready and our support experts will help you with pretty much everything regarding using our range of Products (domains, hosting, email, marketing, etc.).
- You’ll have 100 free forwarding emails for every domain your purchase. What is a forwarding domain you ask? A forwarding email address is an address like firstname.lastname@example.org that will send any email sent to this email address to another email service such as a free Microsoft Outlook, Google Gmail, or Yahoo Email address that you already have. These forwarding email addresses are great for business cards and websites because they give you a professional appearance and free advertising for your domain every time someone sees it and types out your email address. The drawback of forwarding emails is that when you reply from your other email service, the person receiving your email response will see your main email address. Note: Cyber Grapes does sell and service other email options such as Microsoft 365, but these forwarding email addresses are free with no strings attached other than you needing to buy your domain through Cyber Grapes.
- You’ll have the ability to use your domain by automatically connecting your domain with 22 different websites, social sites, online stores, or media sites using our automated connection tool even without Website Hosting (see step 2). Plus, if one of those 22 places don’t work for you, you can always forward your domain name to literally any existing website in the world. This domain forwarding is very similar to email forwarding described above.
- You’ll support the fulfillment of the Great Commission. This is because Cyber Grapes is owned by me and my wife Jessica Engler and our profits are tithed directly into Mighty Oak Ministries.
Step 2: Choose and purchase Website Hosting.
Website hosting is like your Phone. No one can call Jenny at 867-5308 if she doesn’t have a phone to answer the call. Similarly, you need website hosting setup to answer all those internet browser connections when someone enters your domain name into their internet browser. Note: there are many low-cost website hosting options available such as cPanel. cPanel has been around as long as I’ve been using the internet to create website (about 2007’ish). However, as the internet has grown and WordPress (a website Content Management System) has become more and more popular, hosting companies like Cyber Grapes have evolved their hosting packages to include WordPress specific hosting. With this as the case, I recommend WordPress hosting 99% of the time and spend most of my website development time using WordPress.
Step 3. Connect your Domain Name to your Website Hosting.
Now its time to connect your domain name with your website hosting. Let’s stick with the phone and phone number analogy. Do you know how you need to put that tiny sim card into your phone when you get a new cell phone? Your phone needs that sim card because the sim card is registered with your phone company and lets the phone know the phone know the number your phone company has assigned to it. In a very similar way, you need to tell your website hosting your domain name settings and you need to tell your domain name your website hosting settings. These settings are called Domain Name Services (DNS). When your DNS settings agree, the wonderful world wide web will do the rest sometimes taking 24-48 hours to complete propagating across the internet. I’m not going to lie to you that doing this for the first time isn’t challenging for most people. However, if you’ve chosen Cyber Grapes as your domain registrar and website hosting company, the connection process is automated within all of our WordPress Hosting options. So, if you’ve chosen Cyber Grapes for your domain registration and website hosting, now is the time for you to login to your account, press a couple of buttons, and you’ll get it to work. You got this far so I know you can do it! Or even better, now would be a great time for you to call our 24/7 support team to have them walk you through the process.
Step 4 (Optional): Hire a Professional.
Wait there is a step 4? I thought this article was called 3 easy steps to begin building your website 2021? Well, you’ll be happy to know that step 4 is completely optional. Step 4 is like buying a loot box in a video game that unlocks your ability to skip steps 1, 2, and 3 by hiring a professional website developer to do the heavy lifting for you. Cyber Grapes offers this service for you along with many other excellent digital marketing and technical support services. No matter who you chose as your domain registration and website hosting, we offer our services for the very reasonable price of $75/hour. (Yes, this is very reasonable… only half the price of many US based companies that don’t outsource your development to another country). Give us a call, text, instant message, or email us if you have any questions. We love helping people!
You’ve made it to the end of the article and I’m hoping you are now up and running with a website base that you can use to begin growing your blog, business, or nonprofit. If you didn’t get started yet, there’s no better time than now.
Disclosure: If you didn’t pick up on it while reading this article, MOM’s nonprofit mission to help fulfill the Great Commission through simple acts of love, encouragement, and hope is greatly benefited by you purchasing your digital products and services through Cyber Grapes.