Domains & Hosting

When starting a website the first thing you need to do is register a domain name. Unfortunately domain names can't be purchased so make sure that your contact information is always up to date and that you are aware of the renewal date.

After you've registered a domain name the next thing you need is a hosting plan. I recommend getting your domain name and hosting plan from different companies then you can point the dns servers wherever you like.

BlueHost Web Hosting
A great hosting company with inexpensive plans. It has a nice CPanel which makes it easy for anyone to use. You can also register domains here.

Canadian Web Hosting
Another good site for purchasing web hosting.

Host Gator
Great and affordable web hosting

Register your domain name or purchase hosting

CIRA - Canadian Internet Registration Authority
A website dedicated to .ca domain names. When you have a .ca domain name you are required to register with the CIRA. There is a listing of all of the CIRA registered domain names on the website that you can search as well.

Domain People
Domain name registration that offers Canadian domain names as well. You may wish to purchase the .ca and .com domain for your site to prevent someone else from registering it.

Network Solutions Whois
A great resource for searching for domain names and registars. If you are looking for a domain and it is already registered you can search the WHOIS to find out when the domain will expire.