(2020) Review & How To Start A WordPress Blog With Domain King In Nigeria + FREE TOOLS

Start A WordPress Blog With Domain King In Nigeria

Before we think of starting a WordPress website with Domain King Nigeria, it is important I put it out that this post is not sponsored nor a paid article by Domain King. And I wouldn’t jeopardize my audience trust for a paid review without clearly stating it out, Why?
If I lose my reader’s trust, I am off. I love Blog engagements – comments, so, money is not the only thing that keeps me here – I love what I do.

Disclosure #2. I would never have recommended a Nigerian Hosting company for my audience – for real business-minded individuals – because I know what I passed through using the other noise-making “top” hosting companies in Nigeria – I lost my business using one of them whilst I should have been celebrating 4 years now.

You can skip the review to “how to build A Blog in Nigeria with Domain King” for the main tutorial. 😎 

Our Honest Domain King Hosting Review & Usage

After a series of prangs with other “top-ranking” Nigerian hosting companies – WhogoHost | SmartWeb | Qservers | now, Hostnownow, I concluded that there were no guaranteed Nigerian hosting companies fit for actual business.

So, I’ve been hearing of Domain King but the confidence of hosting my next website there was off the hook. For whatever reason, I wanted to try it out.

Luckily, a client contacted me in July 2019 for a WordPress website design.

Since I never wanted to take any chances, I told him we will be testing the hosting company for 3 months to see if my sad experience here will be identical to what I have had in the past.

Fast forward to finishing up the website design, and nope, the site was fine.

It loaded fine with moderate speed, and more after the optimization using Cloudflare + W3 Total Cache.

With the above optimization (without image optimizations) the site was loading at 3.7seconds, even with a page load size of 1.2MB.

The site I designed below.

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(Since I have to tell you all the details, here is it.

I tried to optimize another niche blog currently hosted there but it didn’t work out – when I opened an online support, they tried it out as well, yet nothing different.

I couldn’t figure it out if the fault was from Cloudflare, my end, or theirs). The advice was that I should use the default settings – which I did. The result is that the site is loading fine).

Below is my GTMetrix test – as of today- 15th November 2019.

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So, without technical optimization, the site is loading at 3.7seconds. Of course, if I use appropriate Optimization Tools it should load at < 1 or 2 seconds. But the site is loading fine with a total page size of 760kb.

With the results, I was 50% confident of a good Nigerian hosting company.

Note, by this time, I had run with my back toes touching my head to host my brand new website with HostGator/host of course, which was a garland. Here is how.

With the client site result achieved, I went ahead to launch my niche blog in September 2019 to really test things out, if they were tricking me.

Again, the site is still alive and nothing like going offline or “White Screen of Death”.

The only time (apart from the speed optimization enquiry) I had to open online support with them was to inquire if the site will break as I wanted to run a Facebook ad to it.

Confidently, the online support staff responded, no. That nothing will happen, really?
I went on to run the ad. Just as he said, nothing happened. This cemented my 80% trust with the company.

Where is the 20% to make it 100%? I will talk more about the 20% they have lost.

What of the Other Nigerians Hosting companies I used?

I may talk about them in a documentary post, however, my sites kept going down/offline – at times at night.  And the support is bad and some rude.

(Hostnownow – the hosting here has been good except that one of my hosted websites got infected or hacked – access to my Cpanel – still, they couldn’t dictate or understand it). Note: my experience.

What To Know About Domain King

I am a firm believer that the successes I have had with Domain King- as a web hosting company is because they are not Nigerian Based– by “based” I mean, it is not managed solely by Nigerians.

As per their webpage, the Hosting Company is a Global Domain Registrar accredited with many Asian & African Registries.

Domain king Company Profile
Company Name: FirstStack Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Head Office: 156, New Jawahar Nagar,
Cool Road, Jalandhar – 144001.
India.
Corporate Email: office[at]domainking.ng
Support Email: support[at]domainking.ng

Domainking Hosting Plans

The company offers fully Managed Web Hosting | WordPress & VPS Hosting with WHM/cPanel. In case you are wondering who the various hosting plans are for. Here is it.

For Beginners – Web Hosting Plan

For Beginners who need a fast website – WordPress Hosting Plan

For Super-Fast | Scary traffic | full control websites – VPS Hosting Plan 

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Cost: their costs are directly proportional to the list. Web hosting < WordPress Hosting < VPS.

Check them out.

Before we round it up, let me tell you why they lost my 20% support.

What I Don’t Like About Domain King

#1. Domain King’s Online Chat Support

Here is what I won’t give Domain King the maximum percentage – Their support.

By far, among the top 5 Nigerian Hosting companies I have used, Domain King offers the best online support, maybe followed by sluggishly by Hostnownow.

Their online chat is what we experience with a top foreign web hosting company. Yeah, they are always online to chat with you. Did I tell you that it’s ONLY during Official Working Hours? No? Yes, it is.

Domain King’s online chat support is always Offline during non-working hours. For that, they have lost a 10% rating from me.

The effect of this is that if you are a newbie seeking technical help during non-working hours you might have to wait till the next day or alternatively send them an email.

What about the remaining 10%?

First, I will keep out 4% in case they go gaga with my trust with them – all companies can be unpredictable – power outage or whatever. So, the remaining percentage is now at 6%.

Domain King Hosting Phone Support

Yes, they are not solely based in Nigeria, maybe that is why they do not offer phone supports. I can’t speak for them. The point is, that is where the remaining 6% goes.

Domain King’s Email & Nairaland Supports

I haven’t really tried their email & Nairaland support except once – haven’t had any tangible reasons for it though.

However, if you are challenged during their non-working hours, kindly sent them an email or check them up on Nairaland.

Don’t stress yourself about it as this is the link to their Nairaland thread.

But make sure you send them an email before going to Nairaland to lay a complaint. The essence is that so they can attain to you ASAP.

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What are the Pros About Domain King Hosting Company?

I like to pin-point the cons first. Now there are more Pros as this has made me recommend DK else, you wouldn’t see them on Wealthy Place Website.

The following are some of the notable benefits with Domain King.

 💡 Your website will be fast.

 💡  You have excellent online support

   💡 Affordable for beginners

 💡  Simple Cpanel to manage your WordPress site

 💡 Forum Support Room

   💡 A Free Domain Name “.com.ng” for interested beginners, and more you can check out here.

Disclosure: If you find this post helpful, please click on any of Our DomainKing affiliate links in this review, which helps us earn a commission if you use our affiliate link to make a purchase. Also, you get an additional 20% discount on any linked packages. Thank you for your support, #gracias #gracefully appreciated.

 😎 Now let’s see how to build A Blog in Nigeria with Domain King.

How To Create A Blog In Nigeria With Domain King – 20-30% OFF

#1. Go to www.DomainKing.ng. The Link will take you to the page below. (Scroll down to see the exact page).

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#2. Click on “Web Hosting”. Only Click on “WordPress Hosting “if you want a super-fast hosting plan. (WordPress plan is faster than web hosting).

But as a beginner, you are good with the normal web hosting plan.

#3. Choose the Best Hosting Plan for Your Website – for fast-growing websites, I recommend the “Minister Plan”.

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#4. Choose your domain name options & enter the domain.

Option #1. Enter your NEW domain name selection from below.

Option #2. If you are transferring your domain name from another host to Domain King. 

Option #3. If you want to use your old domain name on Domain King.

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Note: you get a Free Domain Name if it is a .com.ng (if you’re paying for a year). But if you select .com, you will have to pay for it.

If you want a free .com domain name then go with HostGator.

Click on “Continue” when done.

#5. Choose your domain TLD – extension. That is, a .ng | .com.ng | .com | .biz.

Start A WordPress website With Domain King In Nigeria

(Also, if your first choice domain name is taken by someone else, don’t be annoyed, just choose another one). If your chosen domain name is NOT Taken it will show “Available Order!”

Click on “Continue” when you’re done.

#6. Select Product Configuration – choose how you want to pay for the hosting plan – Quarterly | Yearly.

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Please Note: It’s only the Yearly plan and above that, you can get the “Free” domain.

Upon selecting your “product configuration” go ahead and click “Add to Cart”.

#7. Domains Configuration – select this option. (This option will help you configure your site if you want to. For instance, you can easily integrate Cloudflare with it).

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Tick the box and click “Continue to Final Checkout Page”.

#8. Review & Checkout.

#a. Take a look at your selection to make sure the domain name is well spelt.

#b. You can see that you are given an instant 20% discountcutting off NGN2,800.

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When done, scroll down to enter your Billing & Payment Option.

 Tick “I have read and agree to the Terms of Service” | Select your payment method – Visa, Verve, MasterCard.

Click on “Complete Order”.

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Make the payment and you’re done. Congratulations. Step 1 is complete.

Note: remember to use a good password and save it – you can use Lastpass – a chrome Add-on or your email to save it.

Part 2 – Getting your Domain King Account Details

Step 1. Go to your email and you will find the account details emailed to you – to the email address you entered while entering your information.

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At this time, you are set to create your Domain King account. You will receive another confirmation email for your payment method.

Also, a payment receipt with your Invoice number will be emailed to you.

While you wait for the last email with your complete account set up details, feel free to enjoy your new hosting account. You can go ahead to login or change the password if you want.

To login, click on “To login, visit https://clients.domainking.ng”

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Let’s go on…

You will receive the last email that your account has been set up. Inside this email, you will find your

  • Hosting Package Information
  • Hosting Package Name: Minister
  • Domain Allowed on this Account – your domain name.

Getting Started Guide, Full set up details and more.

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Part 3– How To Install WordPress & Start Writing On Your Domain King Hosting Blog

To do this yourself, you can click on the “Getting Started Guide –link”, however, if you want me to finish what I started then be my special guest of honor- your Excellency ma/sir.

#1. From the last account set up email. Click on the “CPanel Login URL” (see image above)

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#2. No need to guess, just copy and paste the details from your email account. When done, click on “Login”.

I bet you will either be scared or happy to see your Cpanel Dashboard. Don’t be screed. Just go to step 3.

#3. Now, scroll down to the end of the page. Stop at where you see “Softaculous Apps Installer”

You will see “WordPress” if yes, congrats.

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#4. Click on “WordPress”.

#5. Search for “Install Now” Button and slap it.

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#6. Allow it to install. When done, see the next step.

How to Set Up And Configuration Your New WordPress Website

Be careful here. Follow the infographic below.

Upon WordPress installation, you will see “Edit Installation Details”. Let’s go on.

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Scroll down to “Admin Account” for more configurations…

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Step * – Scroll down to “Theme” – you can select a theme you want or leave it blank – you can always set it after.

Last Step:
Scroll down to “Info” – you will see an overview for your selections. Details to note down.

Copy out your Path | URL | Admin URL

Path – this is logically for webmasters – it leads to your Cpanel.

URL https://yourdomainname.com.ng  – this is the link to your new website

Admin URLhttps://yourdomainname.com.ng/wp-admin/ – this is the link to login to your new website.  

When you would have copied out the details, click on “Save Installation” to save your settings.

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How to Edit or Delete your WordPress Installation for your Website

Now if you feel you made a mistake along the way, no need to worry as you can always come back here to edit or start afresh. All you need to do is click on the “Edit or delete” knob.  Let’s see.

The Image below – how to “edit”

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The Image below – how to “Remove/delete”

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You’re done…

Below is a prototype of your new blog after installing WordPress – it’s a clean updated WordPress version. (This will be your default WordPress theme unless you selected a different theme at Step *).

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Want to see your new WordPress website? Click on this link – URL – https://”your-domain-name”.com.ng  

How To Install Themes And Plugins On Your WordPress Blog

#1. Installing WordPress themes

Themes, like on your mobile phone gives the esthetics – beauty to your background. The same thing with your blog theme, it defines the structure of your WordPress blog

#1. Login to your WordPress dashboard via a link that looks like ‘yoursite.com/wp-admin’. All of your relevant login details will be emailed to you automatically.

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#2. Once you’ve successfully logged into your site navigate to Appearance>Themes, then click ‘Add New’.

You can select any theme you want. All are free, to begin with. However, if you want to check out premium themes, you can get them at Studiopress, Themegrill and Themeforest.net/.

#2. Installing WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins are like chrome extensions or Mozilla browser add-ons, they help you achieve a task easily without coding.

 For instance, if you want to install a social sharing tool on your WordPress blog, you will need the knowledge of coding/programming to do that, but with plugins, you don’t need to.

#1. Still logged into your account, go to Appearance > Plugins > Add New. 

#2. Click on Add New. That is all.

I will tell us the top WordPress plugins to install later. But before that, let me show you how to publish your first blog post.

How To Publish Your First Blog Post

Of course, creating a blog post in WordPress is also very easy to do. Even a grade 1 child can do it.

#1. Head over to your WordPress dashboard. Then select Posts>Add New from the left-hand menu.

This will bring up the post editor screen where you can enter your title, your post content, add social media, and any post metadata.

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Once you’re satisfied with your blog post hit ‘Publish’ and your post will be live. That is all about it. You can start using your website.

Top WordPress Plugins To Install

Must-Have Plugins For Your Site

Plugins are tools that help you achieve results on your WordPress site if you cannot code. #If you hate programming.

Some of the must-have are:

  • GDPR Cookie Consent
  • Yoast SEO r RankMath – Freemium
  • Elementor | SiteOrigin (or your visual editor of choice) – Freemium
  • WP Rocket – Not free (for Speed)
  • WPS Hide Login
  • WordFence – Freemium
  • Shortpixel (to optimize images)
  • Schema Pro – Not Free
  • Easy table of content
  • XML Sitemaps: Sitemap generator that creates XML & HTML variants.
  • Google Authenticator – Free (Extra Security Measures) or (Don’t forget to set 2FA using your WordFence)​
  • Updraftplus  – to back up your WordPress site.

Freemium; this means it has both Free and Paid Plans.

Security Hacks

#1.  Don’t use the same email address for signing in to your site account with the one publicly displayed as support.

#2. Don’t share your login info with anybody unless your designer | Webmaster.

And if you are hiring someone to design your site, make sure to first of all DisableWPS Hide Login | Wordfence | 2FA. Activate them back when the webmaster is done.

How to Promote your Blog Posts

#1. Create social media accounts. The best once are Facebook | Pinterest, and Twitter

#2. Join Forums and QnA communities. You can start with Quora.com | Nairaland | Reddit.com

#3. Comment on related blogs in your niche.

#4. Tell friends about your blog.

#5. Get your first 10 fans + readers by running a Facebook ad. You can use $10 to do this which is fine.

Building Your New Email List

You don’t have to pay a dime if you are just starting or on a low budget.

You can use free companies like Mailchimp and Email Octopus to get started. MailChimp allows free 2,000 subscribers, while Email Octopus allows 2,500.

My recommended email tool is SendX – affordable and delivers your emails than Aweber & Get Response. Here is SendX.

Note: Don’t use MailChimp for a “Make money from Home” niche. Your account will be banned if you do so.

How To Make Money With Your New WordPress Blog?

There are many ways to catch a bird but as a beginner, you want to use just 2 routes for now; Affiliate marketing and Ad.

Affiliate Marketing – this is all about recommending good products for your audience and taking commissions if they end up buying them.

Still puzzled about affiliate marketing? Here is a total guide on it, and the top 100+ affiliate programs for beginners.

Ads – Perhaps you have heard of making money with Google AdSense. I have made money with it, and you too can.

For reference purposes there are many ad types to use and make money. We have Taboola, Google AdSense, Media Net, Carbon, Mediavine and more.

However, if you want to make MORE money then I recommend Ezoic. This ad company will skyrocket your earnings as a nerd. You can visit Ezoic here.

Decision Time 👿 

Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful…

José N. Harris,

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

― Peter F. Drucker

Before you are the open doors to success-

You are super equipped with everything you need to BUILD your first profitable online business. Your only roadblock is self-doubts or complementing what you’ve learned with action.

Want to build a profitable online using with affiliate or ad commissions in Nigeria?

Visit Domain King now and start your first money making website.

FAQs About Domain King Hosting And All You Have To Know

Domain King Contact

Domain King support staff is available DURING work hours to assist you via Telephone or LiveChat with any hosting-related questions.

You can always open support with Domain King with this link.

Domain King Refund Policy/Money-Back Guarantee

Domain King offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on all new hosting accounts.

If you are not completely satisfied with its services within the first 30 days of your contract, you will be given a full refund of the contract amount excluding setup fees & bank/payment gateway charges.

Domain King Phone Number

Domain King likely does not have a Phone Number. The best gateway to getting them is via support.

How Can I Check My Blog Traffic with Domain?

You can use Google analytics tool to check your site traffic, but if you want to do everything inside your DK Cpanel Dashboard, which is fine as they have a tool you can monitor your site traffic.

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Login to your email and click the Cpanel link, go down to “Metrics”. Under it, click on Visitors. 

Domain King Support

You won’t go wrong with the DK support as they are pretty nice and can solve your issues.

If you have any queries or you are facing issues using Domain King, you can raise a support ticket or drop them an email. Or you can browse its FAQs, Articles for quick answers.

Note: I recommend ‘Online Chat”. Just chat with them as your issues will be solved ASAP.

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How to Login To Cpanel From Domainking.NG Client Panel

I don’t think you might need to get into your Cpanel, but if you will, let’s see how to do it

This method allows you to login through your client area.

1). Login into your DomainKing Client panel.

2). In your client area click on “My Services” link on the navigation bar.

3). Click on the “Manage Hosting” icon next to the domain name whose cPanel you want to access in case you have multiple active hosting accounts with us.

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4). Scroll down and Click on “Login to cPanel” button just above the login details section.

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Domain King Affiliate Program

There is a bounty program known as Domain King Affiliate Program, You can sign up, promote Domain King and make money as well.

If you need to create a simple blog to do that, you can use this guide to build one then apply for the Domain King Affiliate Program. Here is the link to Domain King Affiliate Program.

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How To Pay For Hosting Using a Verve Credit Card In Nigeria

I don’t think you might have an issue using a Nigerian verve card with Domain King Host – but it won’t work with HostGator.

If it’s the same story, please follow the guide below.

Just so you know,

Verve has assured her cardholders of more convenient and safer Interswitch card with Quickteller services, however, it failed me the day wanted to make payment for a hosting account.

To cut the long story short, below is how to make it work so as to enable online transaction using the card. The concept was shared by africacasinos.

How to Activate Verve card for Online Transactions

Once you obtain your verve card, proceed to activate by changing the default PIN at the ATM.

Once you have activated your Verve Card, start using it for any transactions. But to use it to make online payments, you have to register the Verve card for an Interswitch Safetoken Service to be provided.

The ‘Interswitch Safetoken Service’ generates a 6-8 digit OTP {One-Time-Password} whenever you initiate a transaction via the Interswitch Web Payment channel.

The registering of the Safetoken enables customers to carry out transactions on any web merchant website that has the Interswitch Payment gateway integrated into it.

It is using an OTP as a second state authentication process for security reasons in addition to your PIN, Card Number, and CVV2 code.

How To Activate Your Nigerian Verve Card

To be able to generate OTP for your Verve card while carrying out an online transaction with it, you must register it for the safe token service first. Follow these steps at your nearest ATM!

  1. Insert your Verve card at the ATM
  2. Type your 4-digit PIN and then press Enter
  3. Select your bank account type
  4. Then, select the ‘Quickteller’ option from the menu screen
  5. Select ‘Pay Bills’ from the Quickteller menu list
  6. Select ‘Others’ for the bill payment menu option list
  7. Enter ‘322222” as the Biller Code
  8. Enter your Mobile Phone Number as the Customer Reference Number and ‘Proceed’
  9. You will see a display “Do you want to make this payment?” Amount Due: N1.
  10. Click on “Pay amount due”
  11. You will get a confirmation page showing the registration was successful!

After this, whenever you want to make an online payment with your verve card and you reach the stage where you are asked to enter an OTP, you will receive the OTP via text on your registered mobile phone which will be needed to complete your transaction.

That is all. Go ahead and make your hosting transfer.

My Tools Box To SkyRocket Your Growth

Yes, I have a tools box I share with those I value, and luckily, you are one of them today. Let’s see what’s in my toolbox.

FREE BRANDING & LOGO

  1. Logaster: Professional online logo maker & generator.
  2. Hipster Logo Generator: It’s Hip, It’s Current, It’s Stylish, It’s Hipster.
  3. Squarespace Free Logo: You can download free low-res version for free.
  4. Signature Maker: A free web based tool that creates your handwritten digital signature.

FREE IDEA MANAGEMENT

  1. Experiment Board: Test your startup idea without wasting time or money.
  2. Germ.io: Get from idea to execution.
  3. Skitch: Your ideas become reality faster.

FREE BUSINESS / PROJECT NAME GENERATORS

  1. The Name App: Find an available name for your brilliant idea.
  2. Naminum: Discover a perfect company name.
  3. Short Domain Search: Find short, available single-word domain names.
  4. Wordoid: Pick a short and catchy name for your business.

FREE WRITING

  1. Hemingwayapp: Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.
  2. Grammarly: Finds & corrects mistakes of your writing.
  3. Liberio: Simple eBook creation and publishing right from Google Drive.

FREE IMAGE EDITORS

  1. Canva: Amazingly simple graphic design for bloggers.
  2. Pixlr: Pixlr Editor is a robust browser photo editor.
  3. Skitch: Get your point across with fewer words.
  4. Easel.ly: Empowers anyone to create & share powerful visuals.

FREE EMAIL MANAGEMENT

  1. Contact form 7: Famous WordPress plugin to collect email addresses.
  2. Mailchimp: Send 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers for free.
  3. ManyContactsBar: Free contact form sits on top of your website.
  4. Hello Bar: Get more email subscribers.
  5. Sumome List Builder: Collect email addresses with lightbox popover.

Final Notes

One thing is sure, we will not recommend what is not worthy to spend money on at Wealthy Place, which is why we recommend solutions and not just products and services to our readers.

And are we proud of Domain King as a hosting company for Nigerians who cannot afford Kinsta Beast or HostGator, yet? Yes, we are.

We give you first-hand support in case you are challenged along the way, maybe with your WordPress themes or plugins updates and so on.

All in all, that is how to start a website with Domain King in Nigeria. Hope you liked this review and guide.

Please share. Thanks, and thanks again for your support – using our DK referral link.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know in the comments below!

Tools Used: Canva.com | KwFinder | Keyword Revealer | TinyPng | Compressor.io | Grammerly | Goodread Quotes.

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