Register all of the matching social media handles, and also the generic @gmail.com address with Google.
Lock your new custom name DOWN everywhere possible.
You will own your Domain name, but you do not own your Social handles. Each platform (Instagram, Twitter, etc) technically owns all of the handles, and lets users register them for free. This means other people can register your social handle. In the future if you were to secure a trademark or copyright for your brand name, there are mechanisms in place with each of these tech giants that allow you to seize your handle/name! But you *cannot* seize a domain. You have to purchase it outright, or negotiate a purchase if someone already owns it.
I am not going to cover this process. It is just a matter of locking down the usernames on all available platforms.
1.3: Sign up for DigitalOcean
Sign up for DigitalOcean using my referral code (you’ll get the first two months free!)
We will use DigitalOcean to host our website and also to manage our DNS – the system that routes web traffic in inquiries
1.4: Add your Domain to DigitalOcean
Inside of DigitalOcean, make a New Project in the sidebar, navigate to Networking>Domains and add your Domain to the project
Take note of the three NS records (ns1, ns2, ns3 .digitalocean.com) These are called NameServers
At this point, we have a Domain setup that is being managed with DNS records at DigitalOcean. You purchased it via Dynadot, but any web traffic coming in is getting pushed over to DigitalOcean to be routed
Next, we are going to set up MX records to point email towards Google