You'd think that there would be more resources out there for this, but no.
A few weeks back, Pangalan.com promoted one of their posts through Facebook, advertising that they were selling domain names for cheaps! Of course, anyone who's ever had dreams of building a website was ecstatic, because there's nothing quite as pro or official as having your own domain name!
Pangalan.com offers everything from domain name registration to hosting services, so I suppose it would be entirely easy to use their services to build a website from scratch. I chose to go with Weebly though, because even though everyone uses Wordpress, I found their services waaaay too expensive for someone living in a third-world country, making an average wage, and still eating 3 meals a day. Seriously, the amount of money Wordpress charges for basic things such as changing fonts and colors on your website is enough to make anyone not operating in dollars cringe.
Their webhosting services are a bit insane, though, even at PHP500 off. PHP5,920 for a year of hosting services? That's five times what I paid to be able to get my site up on Weebly! Weebly's Starter plan clocks in at about $49 a year, and when you first sign up, you get 33% off if you upgrade within ten days of initial registration. Great deal, if you ask me. I wonder how many people they've convinced to upgrade just because of that deal? Lol.
Once you've bought your domain name from Pangalan.com and chosen a host service provider, you can use the domains you bought with your websites. It involves a bit of navigation through your control panel on Pangalan.com, but it shouldn't take too long. Here's a quick guide on how to use your custom domains:
Setting up your Weebly site to use your custom domain name is pretty simple. Once you've got some content in there and are ready to publish your site, just hit the "Publish" button on the upper right of the Editor. It's the only orange button up top so you can't miss it. It'll give you options as to where to publish your site. Alternatively, you could also go to the Settings tab and change your website address from there.
Weebly has its own guide on how to use a custom domain address with Weebly sites, but I found it a bit difficult to work with given how obscure Pangalan.com is. Basically, you need to adjust your servers so your A-record points to Weebly's IP address. WHAAAAT. Like I said, it sounds like too much for someone who isn't so technologically-inclined, and I ended up doing the wrong thing here and waiting for nothing for hours, lol. I'll save you the trouble of going through what I did. Just follow these simple steps:
1. Copy the IP Address Weebly provides you with.
Once you decide to use a custom domain name, Weebly will provide you with a custom IP address. It'll look like a bunch of numbers separated by a period (ie. 126.96.36.199) but anyone who's spent more than a few days on the internet should know this by now.
2. Log into your control panel on Pangalan.com
Log into your control panel, and you'll be faced with this screen:
Now, click on the DNS Zone tab and you'll be presented with a bunch of numbers and letters that don't particularly make sense. Select "Create a New Record". Follow the instruction in the image below:
Important: You need to create 2 A-records, so you're not done yet. Select "Create a New Record" again, but this time, in the "Name" field, input "www". Do everything as you did previously, and save. What is this for? These tell your domain registrar that whenever someone tries to access "yourdomain.com" or "www.yourdomain.com", they need to be redirected to the Weebly IP address for your website.
There you go! Now, you can try visiting yourdomain.com and check out your newly-published Weebly site, hot off the press!
It's essentially the same as setting things up with Weebly, except for the first step.
1. Copy the IP address provided by Tumblr.
Log into your Tumblr account and select the Gear icon to head to the settings for your blog.
Custom Email Addresses?
Google has support for email address hosting, but it's kind of expensive. Free email address hosting comes from none other than the ever-altruistic and philanthropic e Bill Gates. Yep, Live.com offers free email hosting!
1. Log into your Live account
Just head on over to domains.live.com and sign into your Live account. If you don't have one, just set one up -- it's completely free. I find that Outlook mail is quite polished and easy to navigate, and it's always good to have a backup email address that doesn't get cluttered with spam!
Log into your Live.com account and you'll be presented with options to "Add a Domain". Click this, and you'll have a screen where you can enter your domain name.
As with the other tutorials, this involves playing around with your DNS Zones a bit. Windows Live will give you instructions to set up your MX (Mail Exchange) servers and prove ownership of your domain. You'll see this screen:
3. Set up your MX servers
This time, once you select "Create a New Record", follow the steps below:
Once you save the MX record and go back to Microsoft Live, refresh the page and you should be greeted with confirmation that it worked. It might take a few minutes, but once that's done, you can then proceed to Member accounts in the left panel. This will let you create an account for yourself, or any other person.
5. Test out the new email address
Go to live.com and log in using the credentials you created. You'll have to input new information such as your full name and birthday, but one that's done, you can now use your new custom email address!
That's it! Hope you learned something from this lengthy tutorial! If there's anything I missed, or you need help with anything else, please feel free to let me know in the Comments section, or shoot me an email over at email@example.com!