You first step is creating an account with a hosting provider such as the one we suggest Reclaim Hosting (but it can be any web hosting company that offers domain name and a cpanel access.

This means you have already decided on the domain name that you will soon own.

Remember for this project a domain name will look like _________.*** where *** might be ca, com, net, info, org, or name.

Naming is a very key step, so make sure you have the ultimate domain name to represent you online.

Account Creation Process

To get an account from Reclaim Hosting, sign up for a personal plan (US$30/year).

You will land at a screen that looks like:

Ontario Extend signup page for Reclaim Hosting.

In the box, enter your desired name and choose from the menu the desired extension (likely) .ca).

Enter the URL, choose from the menu the top level domain, and click “Check Availability”

If it is available, great! Click the green Checkout button.

The next screen will ask for your confirmation from CIRA the Canadian domain registrar authority.

And then on the next screen is your “order” to complete. You will have to provide your name and address, etc. You will also be asked to provide an account password. Make sure it is secure and that you save it somewhere safe.

It may take a few minutes to process, just leave the window open until it is done. Once you see an Order Confirmation screen, you can call it a day, and consider your domain registered.

We know you are excited, but do not go any farther, you can close this window now. Or maybe go to twitter to declare your success.

Confirmation Email

You will receive a welcome email from Reclaim Hosting. Make sure you save this email, it has important information for accessing your account. Under the Account Information heading you will find a Take Me There link.

Special link inside your confirmation email

This link can take you directly to your Reclaim Hosting account screen. We know you are curious, so go ahead click it. You should see something like:

The Reclaim Hosting Client screen– you are the client.

Wrap Up

Now you have your own account at Reclaim Hosting. You can always log into your account via https://portal.reclaimhosting.com/ using the email address you entered when registering the account and the password selected.

And with that you have a domain of your own!

Note that if you view your domain address in a web browser, until we add your first bit of content, you may see a VHS tape themed holding page for your domain. Admire it, maybe take a screenshot, because soon you will put your own content there.

The Reclaim Hosting page for a new domain

Right away (in the next section) we will get you publishing your own content to replace this, and make own domain much more your own.

Extending with Domains Guide


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