Getting on Google

Today, when everyone wants something, the first place they go looking is Google. That means if you or your business want to be noticed, you need to appear on Google's search results or at least be found online.

I am a passionate, professional web designer and can tell you that you need only 4 things to be found on Google:

  1. A domain name for example
  2. Hosting space or online storage which is measured in GBs
  3. A web designer and developer who knows and understands their work to set up a website for you and
  4. Content in the form of text, images, videos, documents, audio, etc.

That's it.

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How to Get a Domain Name and Hosting Space for Your Website

To register a domain name for your website, you need a domain name registrar. And because they know that you will also need hosting space, most registrars offer both domain registration and hosting services and brand themselves as Web Hosting Companies.

KeNIC, which manages .ke domains, has a list of licensed .ke registrars on their website who also register other domains and sell hosting space.

Before registration, you search whether your desired domain name is available and if it is, you proceed with registration.

Registering common domain names like those ending with or .com costs between Ksh. 1,000 to Ksh. 2,000 per year. If you do not renew your domain at the end of the year, your website goes offline and you might not be able to reregister the domain name as someone else might have taken it.

The amount of hosting space you buy depends on how much content you intend to upload to your website. It's similar to offline storage, the bigger it is, the more content you can upload.

For most websites, a hosting space of around 30GB is sufficient and goes for between Ksh. 3,000 and Ksh. 4,000 per year. If you do not renew your hosting package at the end of the given period, you might lose all information uploaded to the website.

It therefore means that if you intend to set up a website for yourself or your business, you will need around Ksh. 5,000 every year for renewing your domain name and hosting space.

Before deciding on the perfect domain name to register and the best hosting package to buy, it is important to consult with your web designer for technical advice because their work begins there.