Getting Started: Building and Hosting your site
Congratulations on registering your domain name. We hope you will find the following tips useful....
Using your domain
You can log in to your domain control panel at http://www.RegDiscount.com.
If you already have a web site, you may want to use the free web forwarding option to forward your domain to your existing site. You can also use e-mail forwarding to forward mail sent to your domain to any e-mail address of your choice.
If you don't have a web site yet, you may want to try the free WebSite Builder tool which lets you easily create a simple professional looking web site. (The WebSite Builder is located under the Web Site Settings section of your domain control panel.)
Protecting your domain name
Your account includes a number of free features designed to help you safeguard your domain name from domain hijackers. If you have not already done so, you may want to consider registering other common variations of your domain name to protect against cybersquatters.
New: Reduce spam and protect your identity
Register.com now offers a domain privacy service called 'RCOM Shield' which shields your personal information from being displayed on whois searches and automatically screens incoming e-mail and phone calls to your domain contact information. Shielding this information can reduce spam and eliminate unwanted unsolicited phone calls.
You can activate this service, by logging in to your domain control
Hosting your web site
If you haven't decided on a web host yet, you have many choices. Only the largest businesses need expensive dedicated servers. Most webmasters choose to use a reliable shared web host. In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $7 to $50/month for shared web site hosting, depending on the features and services you will require. Several popular hosts are Globat.com, Jumpline, iPowerWeb and Interland..
Alternatives to traditional hosting / web site design
If you are not very technical or do not have the budget to hire a professional webmaster and search engine optimization firm, you may want to consider one of the new 'hybrid' small business solutions.
This type of service specializes in enabling non-technical users to create and maintain 'dynamic' web sites that are specifically designed to attract visitors by ranking well in the search engines. One of the advantages of this type of service is that the web site owner can easily modify their web site at any time without having to pay a web site designer for the changes.
The most well known of these services is Site Build It! which has been used to create some of the most popular sites on the Internet.
Having someone else create your web site
If you would prefer to hire a professional to create your web site there are a number of excellent sites such as Elance and Rentacoder where you can list your requirements and receive quotes from web developers. If you are looking for someone to set you up with a site that you can maintain yourself, Site Build It offers a very useful Certified Webmaster Directory.