Before you can get online you need to sign up for hosting and register a domain name. Hosting is basically like purchasing your own piece of land in the internet world to build your website on. A domain name is your web address (example: www.mybusinessname.com).
I highly recommend using BLUEHOST. I’ve been using them for years and love them because they have great 24/7 customer support, their plans are extremely affordable starting as low as $3.95/mth plus you get a FREE domain name and 5 business email addresses! They also have a 30 day money back guarantee for their hosting plans if you change your mind.
HOW TO CHOOSE A DOMAIN NAME:
When choosing a domain name the best extension to use is .COM, but often times the one you want might already be taken by someone else, so you can try using another popular extension such as .NET or .ORG. If you really really want a .COM you can also play around with the spelling of your domain name or simply add a hyphen ex: www.Designer-Boss.com.
If you are located in Canada and your business is predominantly geared to locals you can use .CA. BlueHost doesn’t sell .CA’s but GoDaddy does, so you can purchase your .CA domain name from GoDaddy: