Domain name is like www.MSN.com this is what you will need to register so no one else can have that domain name for a period of time, you can do that through registerfly.com , enom.com , register.com , etc.
Web hosting is what you need to have your website running, basically its where your files are stored and people on the internet can access it, some companies give you free limited hosting when you register a domain, however if you need quality hosting , meaning fast, features, etc, you will have to pay,
I'm hosintg with ExperHosts.com and they have plans starting from $2.99 a month, search through findmyhosting.com for more,
1) You think of the domain name you want, for example Eternalistic.net , on some hosting companies like ExperHosts.com you can register the domain with them , or you can register it with the registerers i mentioned in the last reply.
2) Once your domain is ready, you find a hosting plan with some company and they will give you DNS addresses, and you will have to put those where you registered your site, so it would point to their server,
3) Wait 1-5 days for your domain to propagate through the internet
Eternalistic, yep, or your web host can handle that aspect for you.
maniplus, 1-5 days? Fastest registration AND propogation I've ever had is 25 minutes, had one today that was two hours. I average approximately 8-12 hours for full internet propogation on new domain registrations. If it's taking you that long, you might wanna switch registrars.
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DNS = Domain Name Servers. This is like the Directory which you find in the Information Counter at an office block.
Just register the domain name with a domain name registrar and find out from your web host what their DNS servers are, they should give you two which is something like ns1.webhost.com and ns2.webhost.com . Something like that.
Originally posted by Eternalistic Ok...so the best way to secure a domain name is to go thru the same webhost?
Not really, depending on the host, some have been known if they register the domain for you. If you do not use their services they will not update your DNS Records. I suggest registering with www.godaddy.com
Your site address if you require your domain name will be your domain name. If you require, eternalistic.com then your site address will be http://www.eternalistic.com . And you can ftp using eternalistic.com . That's the whole reason for registering your own domain name. If it is going to be different from your registered domain name then it defeats the purpose of the domain name, right ?
I used to register all my domain names with Network Solutions, because when I started doing it they were the only choice. Their quality and reliability are high, and customer service was always easy to deal with. Unfortunately their prices are high too.
Godaddy has a good reputation, and might be #2 in quality behind Netsol. Last week I registered 9 new names with godaddy and am very happy with the prices and the ease of using their manager. I'll probably use them from now on.
The rest of the registrars have mixed reputations and at best might save you another dollar or two per year.
The services included with the registration are probably all you need. You don't need to pay extra for any other services from them if you plan on getting a host for your site.
BTW, the "forwarding/masking" included by godaddy will let you apply your domain name to a free web site that your ISP or some other free host gives you (though be aware that free sites generally suck)
If you are going to get a paid hosting for your site, then you just need ability to point name servers in most cases. Unlike hosting, there isn't much of support needed with domain and so it can be comparitively safe going with a cheap registrar. But do make sure you have proper password protected control panel.