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Web Hosting Web, Part 3

Updated on March 15, 2011

Web Hosting

Welcome back to our web hosting conversation.

Thank You.

So far we have established that basic web hosting can be purchased for about $5 per month. You can expect to receive sufficient bandwidth, disk space, and email addresses for most small businesses. A shopping cart program of some type, as well as several mySQL databases, should also be included for that price.

I feel like a web hosting expert. I'm ready to dominate the Internet with my web site.

BTW, do you have a domain name?

BTW?

It means "By the way". It's a common acronym used all over the Internet.

Why? Is the Internet running out of letters?

LOL. No. BTW is simply less typing. Fewer keystrokes.

K. Anyway, I do not have a domain name. Do I need a domain name for my web hosting?

Yes, you need a domain name. Your domain name identifies your web site to the rest of the world. Your customers find you that way.

Sweet. I will use the domain name "Cats". Everyone will be able to remember that.

Uh... well... that's probably already taken, and it needs a TLD at the end.

A TLD? Does that stand for Terrifically Long Dissertation?

TLD actually stands for "Top Level Domain", which is a suffix attached to all domain names.

My company sells supplies and services to cat dentists. I will use Cats.Dentist for my domain name.

Unfortunately you must pick a TLD from a predetermined list. "Dentist" is not yet on that list. You may choose from .com (commercial), .gov (government), .edu (educational institutions), .us (United States), and quite a few others.

Can I be Cats.com?

Probably not. Most of the common domain names that end in ".com" have been taken. You could purchase the domain name from the current owner, but it has been valued as high as 3 million US dollars.

Ouch. We would have to sell a lot of cat dental floss to pay for that. How much is a domain name that is not already taken?

A domain name that ends in ".com" costs about $12 a year to register. Once registered, the name belongs to you as long as you continue to make the payments.

Wow! That's cheap. I spend more than that on cat mouthwash.

Don't we all.

Web Hosting, Part 3
Web Hosting, Part 3

After much consideration, I have decided to be CatDentist.com.

Sorry, that domain name is already taken. Virtually all ".com" domain names have been registered. CatDentist.cc appears to be available.

What is the ".cc" domain? Is it "Cat Corporation?"

The ".cc" domain was originally assigned to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, but was later licensed by the Clear Channel broadcasting corporation for marketing purposes. Clear Channel planned to create a domain registration empire, but the plan fizzled. Many ".cc" domain names are still available. Clear Channel moved their Internet presence to ".com".

Why would I want a ".com" domain name instead of a ".cc" domain name?

Most Internet users have a much easier time recalling domain names that end in ".com". Historically, ".com" domain names have been in the public consciousness longer than any other TLD.

Therefore I should contrive a domain name that ends in ".com" but may be otherwise somewhat convoluted. What about CatDentalSuppliesOnline.com ?

Your selection appears to be available. Go for it.

I want to go for it. How do I go for it? Can you help me go for it?

Your web hosting service can help you register the domain name.

Let me guess... we will discuss that in our next conversation.

Yup. Stay tuned!

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @ridemeup: Thank you for going to all the effort of creating a HubPages account simply to plug your site. It's always nice to hear from you.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @psychicdog.net: All non-threatening comments are welcome. I've not user Hostgator myself.

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      psychicdog.net 6 years ago

      I actually HOST websites! My own and for friends. My servers are in Houston and run by the most reliable company I've found on the web, HOSTGATOR - I've thrown everything at them and they failed me once only in 3 years when cpanel(the software that runs the site) got updated - the issue was resolved in no time. Sorry I didn't make a silly comment...hope that's OK with everyone here!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Do you get the feeling someone is just stringing us along?

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      Paul Callaghan 6 years ago from Paraparaumu, New Zealand

      @Tom I've got a string vest. Would that help?

      "...just about a mile from the railroad track" Damn you nicomp.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      nicomp,

      Thread? Are we now speaking of String Theory?

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @breakfastpop : Stay tuned for further conversations in web hosting!

      @Tom Whitworth : Your bandwidth will be a function of your input and output and we have probably taken this thread as far as good taste will allow. ;) ;)

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      nicomp,

      I may stick around, but I desparately need to know about bandwidth. My belt's a 36 wide is that enough bandwidth?

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I actually have a domain name and haven't a clue what I am supposed to do with it!