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Domain Name & Hosting

Getting your own domain name

Why should you get your own domain name? Because it will allow you to grow farther than anything else. Having your own domain name will give you control over the content showed on your website. For example, if you choose to build a WordPress blog using WordPress free services, you won't be able to put any ad units on it. That means if you are thinking of getting any revenue from your website via ads, choosing WordPress is a bad choice.

 

Choosing the right domain name

There are many good tips a guides for choosing the right domain name that will come up with and google search. You want to keep in mind the domain name you chose will be one you will have to stick with. Why? Because it some time to get traffic to a website and you don't want to do a lot of hard work and then switch the domain name. These are a few rules I feel are good to stick with:

  • Keep it short and simple
  • Try to stick to ".com" or ".net"
  • Easy to type
  • Grammatically correct

If you need more help with this you can try How to choose a domain name and 12 Rules for choosing the right domain name. Brainstorm on your ideas for a while. Do not settle on something just because it is taking you a long time. If you find noting is going your way, walk away and think some more later. This might be one of the most important decisions you make after you have decided to build a website.

 

Choosing a hosting company

For the last thing, you should choose your hosting company wisely. Unless you plan your website content to engage in any adult or prohibited materials, any of the big names should do. Personally, I would avoid GoDaddy.com. Why? I have my reason that are mainly political and irrelevant for this discussion. I would highly recommend bluehost and hostgator for hosting and buying a domain. When we start doing some practical stuff I will use either one of these for demonstrations and screen shots.

 

So what should you look for? Well, the main thing I look at is:

  • Disk Storage size
  • Domain Hosting
  • Web mail addresses and email forwarding
  • FTP access
  • SSH access (optional)
  • MySQL and php 5 support
  • javascript support
  • Built in feture (such as wordpress, Drupal, Tikiwiki, e-commerce features etc...)

This list widely depends on what you need from your web hosting provider. We will go into more detail as we go along this guide. In general, it doesn't really matter at this point and you can always switch providers. We will go over all this later on again and again.

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How the Internet Works

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Most people take the internet for granted, without any insight to how it works or connected. First let's setup some definitions. The Internet and the World Wide Web (www) are often used to refer to the same thing. This is wrong. The internet is not the same as the world wide web. The Internet is a network of networks. The world wide web is a set of hyper linked text document, it's what you see in you web browser when you open a page that links to another page.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an organization that keeps some order in all the chaos that might happen online if we didn't have some common census. Think of W3C as the manual of the internet, where you can find definitions and explanations for almost any term you will learn in any paid or free design course. Take some time to visit the website are read the documentation, get a feel for what you need to know.

The high level picture of the internet is the world wide web, it is what you see in your browser every day. Behind this text and every other text there are many parts at work getting you the information you request. At a low level, the internet is a (very large) group of servers that are inter connected. This server range anywhere from private ownership to government and education networks. In fact, anyone could put up a server and connect it to the internet from their own home. Every server has a unique address. When you type in a url (http://www.temp3.com) it gets translated to a number address. Something like 127.0.0.1 (localhost). We have name servers that are in charge of only translating these words to numbers. When that number is retrieved, it goes to the server where the page is stored and then sends a packet of information back to the browser. Then your browser receives that a copy of the files and displays it according to the html within them (or php, javascripts, etc...)

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