- Designing a website is analogous
to building a house.
- A house has an address, like
399 Poundridge Road, so your friends and clients can find you.
In the same way, a website needs an address. It's called a domain
name, and is most usually in the form of www.yourbusiness.com.
- To establish your domain
name and keep it unique, you must register it. There are many
approved registrars, each with their own fees for registration.
Names are registered for at least one year, and sometimes as
long as ten years. Generally, the longer the registration period,
the less expensive the annual rate.
- To continue the house analogy,
the house needs a plot of land on which it can be built. A website
needs a place to reside as well. Companies which provide this
service are called web hosts, and the actual space they
reserve for your site on one of their servers (computers) is
called web space. Web space costs vary, but it is typical
to spend about $20 per month for more space than you are ever
likely to use.
- Some web designers provide
their clients with web space. This means that the designer is
responsible for the availability of that web space 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. Few designers have the ability to monitor
their servers 100% of the time, nor are they usually available
at all hours of the day or night to remedy any problems which
- I strongly recommend using
an independent major web hosting company to host your site. You
have the best assurance that your site will be available whenever
anyone in the world goes looking for it.
- You are free to choose a
web host of your own, or I will be happy to recommend one and
set the web space and domain name up for you.
A sample of one of the websites
I have designed:
Club Sandwich in New Canaan,
Connecticut specializes in the fine art of sandwich making.
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