I have been looking at your course on creating a free WordPress website. Please can you explain how the free domain works.
1. Can you choose your own unique domain name, and
2. Can the website be upgraded to a paying website as the business grows, and if so, how does the hosting work, and
3. If so, can you keep the same domain name?
4. Ultimately I would like to have a .co.za domain with e-mail, from a professional business point of view.
5. Alternatively, would it be better for me to first register a .co.za domain, create the WordPress website and then complete your add-on course when necessary?
Thank you or your Enquiry. May I draw your attention to the following:
When you attend the Training ‘Create Free Website’ you will create a website on the FREE version of WordPress. By ‘free’ it is meant that you can host your new site at no cost (free hosting).
Let’s us assume that the name you would like to have for your website is: ‘ShirleyTravel’. On the free version you can create a free domain such as:
ShirleyTravel.wordpress.com (the domain is free should it be available at the time you register).
Should you not wish to have the suffix ‘wordpress’ at the end of your domain name you can have it removed and you will be able to register the name:
ShirlyTravel.com. To remove the ‘wordpress’ you pay US$18 per year, renewable every year (again we are assuming that the domain ‘ShirleyTravel.com’ will be available at the time you register your domain).
I strongly recommend a .com instead of .co.za.
.com is internationally recognized.
I would recommend that you start with a free website, gain experience and then move to paid hosting. Afrihost has a ‘golden plan’ at around R69/ month and Xneelo (ex-Hetzner) charges R99/ month.
On the paid plan, you will be able to have various email addresses such as:
I strongly suggest that you attend the Training Course ‘Create Free Website’, gain experience of WordPress and then move to paid hosting.
Shirley, the fee is going up shortly but I will charge you the old price of R590. Please do remind me when you are ready to attend.
Looking forward to being of assistance.