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Starting your own website

To start your own website, you first need a domain name with a web hosting package.

The domain name is the name of your website that your visitors enter in the address bar of their browser. On the web hosting package you place the content of your website, such as the images, text and code.

In this article we will first explain how to register your own domain name. We will then tell you how to place a web hosting package on that domain name. Finally, we will tell you how you to start your own website.

Besides building your own website, you can also use a web hosting package to create email addresses. Read more on this in the article 'Creating a new email address'.


Choose a domain name

As mentioned earlier, you need a domain name to start with.

I don't own a domain name yet

Step 1

Visit our homepage and enter the domain name of your choice in the domain checker. Next, click on 'Check' to see if that domain name is still available. If that's the case, click on 'Choose', followed by 'Continue'.

If your domain name is already taken, choose a different domain name and try again.

choose your domain name



Step 2

On the next page you can choose to purchase a web hosting package with your domain name. The most popular web hosting package L is selected by default. Click 'Show all hosting options' to view the other options.

Make a pick from one of the web hosting packages and click on the 'Choose' button to continue.

add a hosting package



Step 3

You will now see an overview of your chosen products and the chosen payment method. Click on the pencil icon to change the payment method of your account. Once you're ready, click on 'Order’.

checkout your products

Your order will now be processed and a confirmation of your order will be displayed. Click on 'To my control panel'. After a few minutes your domain name and web hosting package will be active. Refresh the page until the domain name and the web hosting icon are visible.

Now proceed to 'Start with your own website'.

My domain name is already registered at TransIP

In that case you only need to order a web hosting package for that domain name. If you already have a web hosting package for that domain name, proceed to 'Start with your own website'.

Don't have a web hosting package yet? Then follow the steps below.


Step 1

Visit your Control Panel and head to the tab 'Domains & Hosting' at the top of the page. Next, in the column to the left, select your domain name (don't check the box).

Scroll down to 'Order extras' at the bottom of the page and press 'Order' next to 'Launch lightning fast websites'.

Click on order


Step 2

You will now see an overview of our different web hosting packages. Select either the web hosting S, L or XL package.

The Email Only and Forwarding Service are solely for e-mail and forwarding purposes. These products can't be used to create a website at TransIP.

Choose a web hosting package

Click on 'Order' once you have chosen the desired web hosting package. Click on 'Pay' on the next page to order the web hosting package.

Now proceed to 'Start with your own website'.

My domain name is not registered at TransIP yet

You can only use our web hosting packages for domain names that are registered at TransIP. If your domain name is not registered with TransIP, you will first need to transfer the domain name to TransIP. You can order a web hosting package during the transfer procedure.


Step 1

Visit our homepage, enter your domain name on our domain checker and click on 'Check'.

enter your domain name and click Check



Step 2

Next to your domain name you will see the price for the transfer and the option to transfer the domain. Click on 'Transfer', followed by 'Continue' once you're ready.

Click on 'Transfer' and 'Continue' 



Step 3

You will now be asked to enter an authorization code, which is required to finalize the domain transfer. You can request the authorization code at your current registrar.

Please note: The transfer procedure may differ depending on the specific domain extension. Visit the article 'How long will it take to transfer my domain name?' for more information regarding the transfer procedure of your domain name.

enter the auth code of your domain name

Once you've entered the authorization code of your domain name, click on 'Continue'.



Step 4

On the next page you can choose to purchase a web hosting package with your domain name. The most popular web hosting package L is selected by default. Click 'Show all hosting options' to view the other options.

Make a pick from one of the web hosting packages and click on the 'Choose' button to continue.

add hosting to your domain name



Step 5

You will now see an overview of your chosen products and the chosen payment method. Click on the pencil icon to change the payment method of your account. Once you're ready, click on 'Order’.

checkout your products

Your order will now be processed and a confirmation of your order will be displayed. Click on 'To my control panel'.

After completing the order, it may take a short time before your domain name and web hosting package are active.



Step 6

Now head to the tab 'Domains & Hosting' in the control panel and click on the domain on the left hand side (don't check the box). You will see that the transfer of your domain name has been requested and that the web hosting package has been linked to your domain name.

You can recognize the web hosting package by the icon next to the domain name. If you do not see the icon yet, this means your order is still being processed. Refresh the page until the icon is visible.

The transfer of the domain name will usually succeed within an hour. Transfers of some domain extensions are completed quicker than others and sometimes additional steps are required. Visit this article for more information on the transfer procedure of your domain name.

However, as the web hosting package itself will be active within a few minutes after the order, you can start building your website on our servers right away. Proceed to 'Start with your own website' to see how.


Start with your own website

Now that you have taken a web hosting package on your domain name with TransIP, you have the basis to start your own website.

I have experience building a website

In that case, you can place the necessary files for your website directly on the web space of your web hosting package.

Go to the 'Domain & Hosting' tab within the control panel and select the relevant domain in the left-hand column (don’t check the box). 

Click on the cog wheel next to 'Your website' and click on ‘SFTP File management'. SFTP File management allows you to upload the files and folders of your website to the web space of your web hosting package.

SFTP File management is an easy way to upload individual files and folders. In order to upload multiple files and folders at once, we recommend using SFTP software such as Filezilla and Cyberduck.

A web hosting package also offers you the possibility to create databases. Read this article on how to create and manage databases using a web hosting package.

I have little to no experience building a website

In that case we advise you to use a so-called Content Management System (CMS), WordPress is an excellent option in this respect. With more than 25 million users worldwide it is the most used website creator in the world.

You can install WordPress on a web hosting package with just a few clicks. The article 'Installing WordPress on a web hosting package' shows you how to get started right away.

Once you have installed WordPress on your web hosting package, you will receive an email with instructions to directly start working with WordPress. This email is sent to the email address you've listed under 'My account' in your control panel.

WordPress is characterized by a very user-friendly interface. By utilizing plugins and themes you can easily create your own website, blog or web shop. We recommend using the manuals on this website to get started.

By using WordPress you basically don't have to worry about your web space or your databases. The installation of WordPress via your control panel takes complete care of this.



In this article we explained how to lay the foundation for building your own website. We offer you all the facilities to build your own websites on our shared web hosting platform.

Take note that we do not provide direct support on building websites. If you want more information about this, we advise you to research this online. For this purpose, the forums of WordPress are an excellent source of information.

If you have any questions regarding this article, please contact our support team. You can reach them using the 'Contact us' button below or via the 'Contact' button inside your control panel.

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