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Getting Started

Getting Started – Going from “I would like a web site” to having it up and running.

Domain NameThe first step is to select the domain name you want (if you don’t have one already).. You can search the available of domain names at Network Solutions – WHOis Try to keep your domain name simple and short if possible. Remember you can have multiple domain name point to a single web site. site.

Now that you have selected your domain name and it is available, the next step will be to register the domain name. You can register you desired domain name with a registry company. I recommend Network Solutions or Godaddy. These two registry companies are the most dependable. The cost for registering a domain name ranges greatly, so be careful when selecting a registry.

A word or caution here, there are many domain registration companies, Network
Solutions and Godaddy has been around since the beginning of the internet and are very reliable.

Designing the web site – The second step is to select the content and appearance of your web site. When thinking about this, keep in mind the old adage that “less is more”. The ideal web site should be clean (uncluttered), informative and to the point. If you have a brochure for your company, you may want to consider using that as a template when thinking about the design of your web site. This helps keep continuity.

Graphics may enhance the look of a web site, but too many will slow up the loading of the page. I use a given benchmark for loading time when I’m developing a web site.

Remember your competitor is only a click away, so you don’t want the user waiting for the site to load.

As always I will work with you to develop the Web site you envisioned.

Select a Hosting company – The Third step is to select a “Hosting Company”, a company that places your web site on their server. Once again there are numerous companies out there offering hosting services. Prices vary in per monthly charges. Like anything else “you get what you pay for”. Saying that it is understood that just because a hosting is more expensive, this does not mean that it is the best.

What should be looked when selecting a Hosting Company is;
a. The amount a space allotted for the web site.
b. The throughput of the server’s Internet connection (it’s speed).
c. The availability of FTP services. This allows the web site to be uploaded and updated.

There are many other considerations but these are the three most important features to be considered.

WJDesigns offers web hosting for $5.45 per month ($65.00 per year) this hosting includes up to 5 email accounts.

Publish the completed web site – The Final step is to review the newly designed web site, approve it and publish it to the Internet.


 

Glossary of Terms

Web Host – In order to publish a website online, you need a Web host. The Web host stores all the pages of your website and makes them available to computers connected to the Internet. The domain name, such as “sony.com,” is actually linked to an IP address that points to a specific computer. When somebody enters your domain name into their browser’s address field, the IP address is located and Web site is loaded from your Web host.

Web Site Designs – Is the process of creating the web pages that makeup a web site. Web pages contain active content, such as hyperlink, contact forms and graphic features. Once the web pages have been completed, these pages must be published to a web host to be available to available to computers connected to the Internet

IP Address – Also known as an “IP number” or simply an “IP,” this is a code made up of numbers separated by three dots that identifies a particular computer on the Internet. Every computer, whether it be a Web server or the computer you’re using right now, requires an IP address to connect to the Internet. IP addresses consist of four sets of numbers from 0 to 255, separated by three dots. For example “66.72.98.236” or “216.239.115.148”. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP), will assign you either a static IP address (which is always the same) or a dynamic IP address, (which changes every time you log on). ISPs typically assign dial-up users a dynamic IP address each time they sign on because it reduces the number of IP addresses they must register. However, if you connect to the Internet through a network or broadband connection, it is more likely that you have a static IP address.

HTML – Stands for “Hyper-Text Markup Language.” This is the language that Web pages are written in. Also known as hypertext documents, Web pages must conform to the rules of HTML in order to be displayed correctly in a Web browser. The HTML syntax is based on a list of tags that describe the page’s format and what is displayed on the Web page.

Domain Name – This is the name that identifies an Web site. For example, “microsoft.com” is the domain name of Microsoft’s Web site. A single Web server can serve Web sites for multiple domain names, but a single domain name can point to only one machine. For example, Apple Computer has Web sites at www.apple.com, www.info.apple.com, and store.apple.com. Each of these sites could be served on different machines. Then there are domain names that have been registered, but are not connected to a Web server. The most common reason for this is to have e-mail addresses at a certain domain name without having to maintain a Web site. In these cases, the domain name must be connected to a machine that is running a mail server.

Website – A website, or Web site, is not the same thing as a Web page. Though the two terms are often used interchangeably, they should not be. So what’s the difference? To put it simply, a Web site is a collection of Web pages. For example, Amazon.com is a Web site, but there are millions of Web pages that make up the site. Knowing the difference between these two terms can save you a lot of embarrassment.

FTP – Stands for “File Transfer Protocol.” It is a common method of transferring files via the Internet from one computer to another. Some common FTP programs are “Fetch” for the Mac, and “WS_FTP” for Windows. However, you can also use a Web browser like Netscape or Internet Explorer to access FTP servers. To do this, you need to type the URL of the server into the location field of the browser. For example: “ftp://ftp.servername.com/” will give you a listing of all the directories of the FTP server, “ftp://ftp.servername.com/directory/” will give you a listing of all the files available in that directory, and “ftp://ftp.servername.com/directory/filename” will download the actual file to
your computer.