Build a Website – Acquiring a Domain Name and Hosting

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Web design expert Kevin Frey discusses acquiring a domain name and hosting.

    Kevin Frey: Hi! I'm Kevin Frey from Trans Effect LLC and today we're talking about how to create website. Right now we're going to discuss domain names and host names. When you're creating a website, one of the biggest things you want to think about is where that website is going to be? What address it's going to reside at? A domain name is the address, the .

    com, .

    org or .

    net address for your website is going to be. Our website for instance is transeffect.

    com. To find a domain name you want a load up a search engine and look for domain registration. There are plenty of choices when you're looking to register a domain name and prices vary from $8 or $9 a year to $35 a year. The truth is that it makes no difference where you register your domain name. So it's best to shop for the best price. Here we found godaddy.

    com and if you've decided what you want your domain name to be, just go ahead and search for it here and they will tell you if it's available. If your domain name is not available and transeffect.

    com is already taken as indicated here, they will suggest you other domain names that you can choose or you can try another domain name altogether. Once you have your domain, you want to start thinking about hosting. Now this website is just one example of a domain registrar. There are hundreds if not thousands out there. So I advise you to explore and find one that best suits your needs. But once you do have your domain name registered, you're going to need a hosting account; and most domain registrars offer hosting and most hosting companies offer domain registration. So it makes it easier to have your domain and you're hosting with the same company.

    Now hosting is just having a space on a web server somewhere to hold the files that comprise your website, so that people can access them freely over the Internet. You basically purchase space on a server and you pay monthly for that space and your websites reside there. As an example of hosting, we're here at the site where we signed up for our domain and they offer hosting plans. So we're going to check out those plans and decide which one is the best.

    Now there are a number of different features available with each hosting plan. Some of them can be complicated or difficult to understand. So if you're not sure what you need then it's best to consult an expert. But for instance if you know that your site is going to be small, you're not going to be streaming video or have huge files available for download, then an economy plan is typically just fine. All you've got to do is select how long you'd like your hosting plan to be in effect. Typically signing up for more than a year will give you a discount and once that contract is up you'll just pay monthly after that.

    Once you obtain your hosting account, the next thing you want to think about is transferring files back and forth between your computer and the web server where your files will be stored. The most common way of doing this is through FTP which stands for File Transfer Protocol. We download a program referred to as an FTP Client and that will allow us to login to the server and transfer files back and forth. Now finding the FTP client is easy, we are just going to hop on our search engine and do a quick search for FTP clients. You probably don't want to pay for one. There are number of free ones available. So we'll go ahead and search for free FTP client. We'll just find one that looks good, click and see what we've got and we're given the opportunity to download the client. In this case it's Smart FTP. So you'll download it, you'll save it to your computer and you'll install it. The host can help you with your FTP set up but essentially you'll open up your FTP client. I use one called Cute FTP. To set up a new site, we'll just click on the icon for a New FTP site and you'll put in a label which just tells you what your site is going to be, My site. You'll need the address of your site. It's transeffect.

    com. You'll need an FTP username and an FTP password which will be set up and given to you by the web host, or once you sign up for hosting, there will be a web hosting control panel that you can login to through your web host and you can find your FTP information there. In this case our user name will be Trans Effect, our password and then you'll be able to connect to this site. Most FTP clients are set up the same way. You have an area that shows you where files have been transferred back and forth, you have an area that shows you the folders that are on the remote site and you will have a way of browsing your local drive. So if you find the folder where you've saved your site files on your local drive, you'll be able to send those right up to the remote site by dragging or double clicking and then these files will be saved to your server. That covers the basics of domain names and hosting. Next we're going to talk about starting the design and development process.