Re: Domain hosting and registration
- To set up your own domain (ie: www.yourdomainname.com), you must go
to a domain registrar. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN) is the non-profit corporation that was formed to
assume responsibility for the IP address space allocation, protocol
parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server
system management functions previously performed under U.S.
Government contract by IANA and other entities.
When registering YOUR DOMAIN, you should be sure that you are dealing
with an ICANN-Accredited Registrar. ICANN currently accredits domain-
name registrars for the following Top Level Domains:
.aero, (restricted to certain members of the global aviation
.biz, (restricted to businesses).
.com, .info, .name (restricted to individuals), .net, and.org.
For the complete listing of ICANN ACCREDITED DOMAIN NAME REGISTRARS,
go to http://www.icann.org/registrars/accredited-list.html.
For complete information on ICANN, go to http://www.icann.org/.
I would recommend GANDI for your domain registration. Gandi is rated
5 stars! They provide excellent support and, with GANDI, unlike some
other registrars, you, and you alone, OWN the domain. The price is
great ... 12 Euros a year! - about $10.00 in US currency. Gandi is
an ICANN accredited registrar.
Domain hosting can be handled in one of two ways. Many registrars,
including Gandi, will handle the redirection of access to your
website. For example, if your website is hosted on Angelfire, you
are unable to point visitors directly to your website via your domain
name (Angelfire does not provide that capability). In other words,
when someone enters your domain URL (www.yourdomainname.com) into
their browser, they are NOT sent directly to your website. Instead,
GANDI (and some other registrar/redirection hosts) will intercept the
user's request and redirect them to your Angelfire (or whatever)
hosted website. This also applies to email sent to your domain. The
registrar/redirection hosts will redirect the email to your email
Other hosts (such as HyperMart) will host your top-level domain
(HyperMart is NOT a registrar, it is a HOST). By using a host that
allows direct access, users who enter your domain URL into their
browser will be transported DIRECTLY to your site. This type of
hosting service also provides email services for your domain, whether
direct (POP3) or redirected.
For a complete listing of both FREE and PAY hosting services, check
out http://www.FreeWebspace.net - FreeWebspace.net is the largest
searchable guide to free webspace providers on the Internet. You can
find a free webhost by using a simple search on the site or you can
view a complete list of free personal webspace providers.
If you are planning on building a BUSINESS site or a PERSONAL site
and do NOT wish to have the hosting service place banners or other
forms of advertising on your site, you will need to obtain pay
hosting. It is highly recommended that you NOT use a free host for a
It should also be noted that many search engines will NOT list sites
utilizing a free hosting service.
If you are new to website building and HTML, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
that you start with a FREE host...even if you plan on building a
business site. This way, you will not be spending any money on
hosting during the period of time that it takes to build your site.
Once your site is built, you can easily move or copy it to a pay
Hostspot - at http://www.hostspot.com - provides you with quite an
impressive listing of pay hosts. You can use their search engine to
find an applicable host, browse a listing of all pay hosts and obtain
complete information regarding all services available.
Hope that helps you out.
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