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    What am I missing here? I am (admittedly) a novice when it comes to much of the web management world, but I have recently created a web site (using Publisher) and am now ready to get it uploaded onto the Internet. I am under the impression that all I need to do now is to contract with a domain space provider and then upload the pages. However, when reading this thread people are simulataneously talking about "hosting" the web site as being something different than posting the web pages to a domain. What am I missing here? Do I need to "host" my web site as well as post it to a domain?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I split this post off into it's own thread.

    Your host is where you park up your pages. They'll give you some space on their servers and you upload your site to there.

    You domain is your www.something.net or .com or .co.uk or whatever. If you use free hosting then your domain will probably be something along the lines of www.yourname.hostname.com/
    If you get a paid host then the chances are you'll want to buy a domain name and make it point to your server. So you'd go to somewhere like godaddy.com or any of the other companies mentioned in the "Where to buy a domain" thread.
    Every fight is a food fight when you’re a cannibal.

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    lavalamp

    Thank you very much for the information. As a point of clarification, let me reiterate what I believe you have told me. For each web site I want to post on the Internet I will need a domain registration. This merely amounts to "reserving" a particular name/address. After reviewing the many sites mentioned the "Where to buy a domain" thread, there appear to be a variety of prices for this reservation. If buying a domain name is nothing more than resserving an address, why would anyone pay more than the cheapest price? There appears to be no differentiation in terms of the product provided. Is there some criteria that I should be looking at in terms of which service is better for domain registration?

    Second, if I understand correctly, the hosting service is where I would actually put my web site for Internet viewing. I can understand the differentiation in terms of service/product with this item. So, for the typical neophyte web master, working out of his den, I will need to secure both a domain registration AND a host in order for me to get my web site on the Internet?

    Can you confirm my understanding? Lavalamp, you've been great and very helpful. Thank you.

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    You don't neccessarily need a domain name at all, if you go with a free host while you're just starting out (like pretty much everyone does) then you'll probably get given a subdomain.

    Most hosts give you a free domain or offer a cheaper domain when you sign up with them as a sort of incentive. When I signed up with my host I took them up on their offer for one. Some people do not recommend this though, it could cause problems if you want to change host but keep the same domain name.

    To be honest, a domain name is just a domain name, there's nothing special about it, but even so, I'd rather buy a domain from a reputable domain provider rather than "Dan's discount domains".

    There are web-sites with just long lists of domains on them that they have gone out and registered, then they put them up for sale on their site. I wouldn't dream of buying a domain name from one of those places, it just seems very dodgy to me.
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    Domain Names?

    Originally posted by npope
    What am I missing here? I am (admittedly) a novice when it comes to much of the web management world, but I have recently created a web site (using Publisher) and am now ready to get it uploaded onto the Internet. I am under the impression that all I need to do now is to contract with a domain space provider and then upload the pages. However, when reading this thread people are simulataneously talking about "hosting" the web site as being something different than posting the web pages to a domain. What am I missing here? Do I need to "host" my web site as well as post it to a domain?

    Thanks in advance.

    I own over 370 domain names and all of them are being used. Some I host myself and some I forward to www.domainhop.com to make me an income. While others I used else where. Over 345 of them I have parked at www.godaddy.com because in my opinion they are the best in the world to deal with. A handful I have at www.enom.com and some others I have at www.registerfly.com not to be confused with www.registryfly.com some do get them confused a lot. I started out with the big 3 at first in 1999 but NO MORE, they are too high and are the worse service in the world too. I won't name them here though. Most sites have to be uploaded with a ftp file transfer software system. But mine you just type in the words and publish. If that helps you any, great. It is confusing, I agree. But after making and selling websites for 5 years I have learned a few things.

    There are many forums to choose from too, to learn about that stuff. www.domainstate.com and www.dnforum.com Good luck M8

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