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Domain Registration And Hosting For A Successful Web Presence

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How important is domain registration and hosting to your website? As I have looked into the creation of websites, both for myself or for a business, it has become crystal clear that one of the most important steps in the process is the domain registration and hosting. I was always taught to take things one step at a time, and without those first two steps in the process, your website will be marginal at best.

Good domain registration and hosting is going to cost you money, but it is worth it. When you go with a free domain or hosting service, you do not end up with your own domain name. The idea is to have the address of your website in the format of http://yourname.com or http://yourcompanyname.com rather than one that is generic to a free domain registration and hosting service.

The first step in domain registration and hosting is to choose a domain name. Your domain name is that web address that you want. The registration should not cost more than five to ten dollars for a year. Just get on line and check out the various services to find the price you can afford to get the domain name you want, as long as it is available. Remember, the choice of what domain name to use for your website is one of the most important things you are going to do for it.

In the domain registration and hosting process, choose a domain name that is not only descriptive of your website, but also easy for people or customers to remember. Try to choose a domain name that is going to also be useable as a keyword so that it will show up higher in web searches. As an example, if your website is about squirrels, then you might check to see if http://squirrel.com is available or something along those lines. You may even try variations like http://squirrellover.com or something like that.

Once you have the domain name registered, the next step in the domain registration and hosting process is to find someone who can host your website. A hosting service will actually place your website on the internet for you at the address you have registered. It is good practice to use two different companies: one for your hosting and one for your domain registration. That way if you part company with your website hosting company, you will still have easy control of your domain name. It is just better not to have all of your eggs in one basket when it comes to your personal website.

Domain registration and hosting is a crucial part of developing a presence on the internet for yourself or your company. It is tempting to go with a free service so that you can get up and running as quickly and easily as possible, but the best thing you can do to properly market and draw traffic to your website is to take the time to make your domain registration and hosting a priority so that you get the domain you want and a hosting service that will best fit your needs.

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Tips On Getting Your Domain Name Right

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If you are going to start a web site, you have to have a domain name. There are a couple of tricks, however, you should know before you buy one.

Tips on Getting Your Domain Name Right

Far too often, people just rush out and pick domain names on the fly. What sounds cool? What sounds professional? I'll just use my business name. These are the basic methods people come up with domain names and they can lead to regret down the road. A domain name is like a spouse, it can be great or horrific in the long run.

Unless you have a business name that is very well known, don't use your business name as the domain. It isn't really going to help you generate traffic and people will still be able to find you through search engines since you are probably the only one using the name. If you are paranoid about others stealing it, trademark and register the name.

The best way to pick a domain name is to first due keyword research. Keyword research is going to identify the keyword phrases your prospects are using to search for your services or products. You want to create a list of high traffic keyword phrases and then make one of those phrases your domain name. Search engines give a lot of value to a domain name that matches a keyword phrase. This helps you crank your home page to the top of the rankings, which gives you a massive head start over your competition.

Once you have identified the keyword phrase you want to use for your domain, there is another secret you need to know. The length of your registration is a factor in search engine rankings on Google. Google gives added value to sites that are going to be around for a long time. At a minimum, you should register the domain for five years, but go with the longest option available.

At first glance, picking a domain name is a fairly simple process. To jumpstart your marketing efforts, you should stop and give it some thought. If you follow the above guidelines, you can turn it into a powerful head start for your marketing efforts.

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Whois

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Whois is a TCP query tool which allows users to sort through a database to find information about the owner of a IP address or domain. These searches are done via the internet, and were originally conducted with a command line interface. However, much of this equipment has been greatly simplified, and information can be accessed from multiple databases. Whois is used by a number of adminstrators.

Originally, Whois was used by system administrators who wanted to look up information on other system adminstrators using their IP address or domain. The use of whois lookup has evolved, and it is now used for either benevolent or corrupt purposes by people who are not system admins. The information within Whois is stored in one of two ways, and these are thick or thin. When a thick method for storing information is used, a single whois lookup server will store all the information for a operator.

With a thin model, the name of the whois server for a operator that holds the full information on the report will be looked up. If the information which is pulled up is not understood, the data from a thin lookup may be used as well. One of the problems with the whois lookup is that there is no clear distinction on how to tell the thick model from the thin. Much of the information for .com and .net domains can be found using Whois thin, while lower level domains such as .org operate on a thick model. A good website with information on whois can be found at whois-it.com.

When the internet first broke away from ARPANET, DARPA was responsible for handling all the information related to domains. The use of whois became widespread during the 1980s, when it became more standardized. Because whois was controlled by one institution, all the information resided on one server, and finding information was relatively easy. Though DARPA handled registration on Whois up until the end of the 1980s, this was eventually transferred over to third party institutions by the end of the 1990s.

As of 2005, ICAAN now handles whois. Despite the popularity of whois among many web users, there are a number of problems. Privacy is an important issue among many people today, and some feel that programs like whois allow blatant violations of privacy. Because the telephone number and address of the person owning the domain is available for any one to see, this can lead to a number of problems. Many spammers use the email addresses found in whois lookups, and can use this information to send spam to users.

Another problem with whois is the global appeal it has. Because it is based in the US, few countries use it, and this may come as a blessing to those who don't want their personal information falling into the hands of even more people. The whois lookup servers do not have the ability to tell which text is being used to process requests. There is also no centralized list of whois servers, and those who choose to write whois programs will need to manually look for individual servers.

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There Are A Lot Of Lists Out There Why Is Craig S So Popular

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What is Craigslist?

Craigslist is a website that was started in 1995 by a guy named - you guessed it - Craig. What began as a place for the residents of San Francisco to find what they need from each other (i.e. a job, a babysitter, a new dresser, a Buick) has since grown exponentially. With sites for all 50 states, 52 countries, and major cities all over the world, Craigslist is the ultimate, all encompassing 'classifieds' for anything you could possibly want that's up for grabs in your neighborhood.

Why is Craigslist so popular?

Word of mouth spread the news of Craigslist so quickly that the sites in cities like San Francisco, New York, Boston, Houston and more are the premiere spots in the those cities for job seekers and employers alike. Because of the huge amount of traffic, Craigslist is also free of ads, banners, and any corporate sponsorship that could influence the content of the site.

Simple to use and easy to navigate, Craigslist has managed to keep its grassroots honesty as its grown and continues to provide a community forum to each community it serves.

What information can I find on Craigslist?

The better question might be: what can't you find on Craigslist? On the home page of each city you will find categories for your perusal including:

- Community - Here you will find childcare, a place to volunteer, classes to take, local news, lost and found, an addition to your band or artist collective, and someone to carpool with.

- Housing - This is the place to not only find a roommate, a room, an apartment or a sublet but also parking or storage rental, vacation rentals, office and commercial spaces, and someone to swap houses with. Customize your search by choosing price brackets, pets allowed, and specific neighborhoods.

- Jobs - Job listings are divided into 24 categories plus an Et Cetera section for positions that don't quite fit anywhere else. The beauty of this section is that despite the thousands of listings, you can narrow down the selection with keywords and by choosing jobs that offer telecommuting, part time hours, or availability in specific neighborhoods.

- Personals - There's something for everyone here. The best section is 'Missed Connections' where you can list a posting for that cute someone who smiled at you from across the room - or be found when that person posts looking for you.

- For Sale - Twenty-four listings plus a wanted section divides up thousands of postings of all sorts of stuff for sale. There's even a free stuff section and a place to barter. Find everything from packing materials to a new set of living room furniture.

- Discussion Forums - There are 54 categories in this section. You'll find someone to talk to who shares your same interests, whether your interests are transgender issues, haiku, kink, or gardening.

- Services - If you need someone to do your taxes, fix your computer, or give you a massage, you can find that person here.

- Gigs - If you're a computer programmer, stage hand, writer, or jack-of-all-trades, you can pick up a little side work here.

- Resumes - Post yours here or peruse some of the local talent.

- Event Calendar - Find something to do this weekend here.

How do I use Craigslist?

Go to www.craigslist.org, choose your country or state from the list on the right then choose your city and keep clicking until you find the apartment, roommate, job, community, relationship, conversation you've always wanted.

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Choosing A Good Domain Name

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With over 50 million registered domain names, it's tough to find a good done that's still available. Unfortunately the domain name industry is full of opportunistic "traders" who buy and sell domain names without any intention of even using it themselves. Because of this, the majority of the registered domain names don't even have a website to go with it!

This can be quite frustrating as you seek out a domain name for yourself to build a website for. But at the end of the day in a first-come first-served world, we must try and find another way to find that great domain name.

There are several tools that can be very handy when it comes to looking for a domain name. I discuss these tools in another article. Here we will discuss what makes a good domain name.

To brand or not to brand?

Brading is a key element in traditional "offline" marketing. Having a unique, catchy name does wonders for any business. However when it comes to an online presence, you might just be better off with a domain name that is rich in keywords.

Search engines primarily work on keywords as you may know. You enter a search term or "keywords" and the search engine produces results based on their formulas and the websites they believe to be the best fit for your search.

Now, there are many Search Engine Optimisation techniques that can be used by anyone on any site. The same techniques could be applied to a lot of sites, so my question is what could possibly be the 1 thing that is unique and could separate one site from the other? Of course, domain names!

I prefer to have keywords in the domain names that I own because this is what could give me the edge over competitors. Of course it's not so important if your website is a personal one and you are not looking to make any money from it. But if you are selling something or wanting to make money off your website, I would strongly recommend using keywords in your domain names. Just to prove it, go to Google.com and search for "domain name". You will see in the results that any occurrence of the words "domain" or "name" is actually in bold. So Google is definitely looking out for your search terms and highlighting them for you.

On the other hand, branding is still a strong concept online as well. If you find that catchy name (such as....hmmm Google?) and market it well, then you could be well on your way to word-of-mouth fame in no time!

If your business name is available, register it. You can always register keyword rich domain names to draw the traffic, and redirect them to your business name domain.

Hyphens or no hyphens?

Another common topic of discussion is whether to use hyphens in your domain names. I own mixtures of both hyphenated and non-hyphenated names. There is nothing wrong with hyphens. In fact, for search engines you are helping them by separating words that could be read differently. Here is one example: mikesmithstables.com

This domain could belong to a horse trainer "Mike Smith", as a website for his racing stables, or it could also be read as "Mike Smith's Tables". So there is definitely nothing wrong with hyphenation, as it would actually help to distinguish where the words end in the above example. The only small problem you will run into is word of mouth advertising where people will have to call out the hyphens. But believe me, you want all your traffic to come from search engines because it's free and the volumes are enormous.

What about using abbreviations?

If your preferred name was something like flowerstoyou.com but it was taken, but you see flowers2you.com is available, should you take it? There are several common abbreviations or variations of certain words that are almost commonly accepted, particularly in cyberspace. Thanks also SMS messaging, we are no used to the use of "2? instead of "to", "4? instead of "for" etc. Whether you choose to use such variations in your domain name is totally up 2 u (ok I was trying to be funny..).

Don't forget however that word of mouth advertising will always require the person making the recommendation to remind people of the substitute.

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The Dot Edu Domain Name Extension Explained

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When we talk about the domain name, we cannot escape the presence of top level domain names or commonly called as domain name extensions. It is for the reason that the domain name extensions are a great part of a domain name.

Given such idea, it is no doubt that many companies or the domain name owners in particular have their own domain name extensions for a much better identification. It is in fact a general view that all of the domain name extensions, whether it is a dot com, dot net, dot org, or dot edu domain names, really play a great part for identifying a domain name.

If the dot com, dot net, and dot org is the most common types of domain name extensions and has contributed a great part in the field of domain name, the dot edu domain name is also of great importance. Many domain name holders today cater to dot edu domain names for certain purposes and for certain functions.

Generally, the dot edu domain name is a descriptive domain name extensions that is designed to imply an educational institution or a degree granting university. So whenever you see a dot edu domain name, now you know that it is an educational institution or a degree granting university. To better show a concrete idea about the dot edu domain name, take for example the University of Portland's domain name at up. edu which is the official site of Oregon's Catholic University, the University of Portland.

Just like some of the top level domains such as the dot gov, dot net, and dot int, the dot edu domain name is also known as part of the generic domain names that is one that would not immediately be related with a company. Given such fact about the generic domain name to which the dot edu domain name belongs, it is therefore understandable that the dot edu domain name is such that defines an entire category of business and with the dot edu domain name, that business would be the "educational" business.

And speaking of the generic domain names to which the dot edu belongs, it is considered that as many of the domain name extensions have been approved today, many companies have gone on to create successful brands based on a generic domain name, and these domain names tend to be very important.

Furthermore, the dot edu domain name is such of great importance for identifying the educational institution since many of the people today are looking for some resources or information about certain educational institutions or degree granting universities maybe for some purposes. And by knowing that the dot edu domain name exists in the real world, they will be able to locate a certain educational institution through the dot edu domain name extension.

The dot edu domain name, finally, as it is one of the noted important domain name extensions therefore exists for the dot edu domain name generally affects how easily the visitors of the degree granting universities will find them. So when looking for a degree granting universities or some educational institutions in general, you better tahe as much care in considering the dot edu domain name as you do in the actual name for the fact that each is just as significant as the other.

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Domain Name Suggestions For Success

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Have you seen or read some domain name suggestions? What did you find? Some explanations and facts? Obviously, these are some of the basic questions when asking about domain name suggestions, and these questions often surface as the number of domain name resources and web sites provide some sorts of domain name suggestions to every reader or domain name holder.

The term "domain name suggestions" is such a vague concept. It may involve bad or good domain name suggestions and sometimes both. And oftentimes these domain name suggestions might mean something to the reader, depending on their level of understanding and interpretation.

Since the term domain name suggestions may mean something different from any people, I would like to state some of the common domain name suggestions mostly found in those pages for domain name suggestions. So if you are interested, you further read on.

Many resources were providing some sorts of domain name suggestions specifically about the consideration for selecting the best domain name. One of those common domain name suggestions for selecting a domain name stated that in deciding for a domain name, the name should be kept short. Although the maximum characters for domain name is 67, still you have to keep in mind that people need the domain names to be able to understand and remember, as well as to easily enter it into the browser. This one of the domain name suggestions further holds that the shorter the domain name is the better. So then, this first among the domain name suggestions for selecting a domain name maintained that you try to register the shortest name that your customers and visitors will easily associate with your web site.

Aside from such consideration taken from various domain name suggestions ever published, here comes another one of the common domain name suggestions which hold that the domain name extensions play a large role in the domain name. It is noted that there are several various domain name extensions that are available right now and each of those domain names extensions has their own distinctions and functions. When it comes to business matters, most of the published resources for domain name suggestions maintained that the .com suffix is the most common and the most profitable. But since the .com is one of the oldest domain name extensions, it thus shows that your business has been around for a while and that you have the most stable presence in the internet.

For much emphasis on the common domain name suggestions, here is another one of the notable domain name suggestions which hold that in selecting a domain name, one should avoid a trademarked domain names. In fact, many domain name suggestions have noted that trademarked domain names are not very nice, and also most companies really called their lawyers just to get their names back. And lastly, some domain name suggestions maintained that if you are really interested to register for a domain name, then you should register it as soon as possible before you loose the chance to get the name that you really desired.

So whatever the domain name suggestions hold, it is just important that you know how to balance their ideas with yours. Those suggestions are just there to give you some ideas, but the decision is in your hands.

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Who Registers Domain Names

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A domain name registrar registers domain names. A domain name registrar is a company accredited by ICANN or by a national ccTLD authority or both to register Internet domain names.

ICANN or Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management and root server system management functions.

The late Jon Postel created ICANN in 1998 in response to a policy statement issued by the US Department of Commerce. ICANN has authority over gTLDs (Generic Top Level Domains) that include .com, .net and .org. The organization does not have authority over ccTLDs (Country Code Top-Level Domains), which include .ca (Canada), .uk (United Kingdom), .us (United States), .in (India), .de (Germany or Deutschland), .fr (France) etc.

The board of ICANN is comprised of nineteen Directors, and nine At-Large Directors. Directors serve for one-year terms and are succeeded by At-Large Directors. The At-Large Directors are elected by an at-large membership organization.

ICANN has taken various measures to oversee the domain-name registration system's transition from government hands to private hands and to coordinate its decentralization and the integration into a global community.

A company chosen by ICANN to register and manage domain names on its behalf is a designated registrar. There are several domain registrars offering domain registration services. Some of the top domain name registrars include Go Daddy, Network Solutions, eNom, Tucows, Melbourne IT, Schlund.de, Register.com, Wild West Domains (Part of Go Daddy), Moniker Online Services, and DomainDoorman.

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A Guide To Domain Name Registration

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Are you considering doing business online? If you're affirmative about that then, you need a home for your site on the Internet first, for that you'll have to register a domain name.

A domain name provides your website an Internet address. Under the Domain Name System DNS, domain names are framed of the four elements - a server prefix, a domain name, a domain suffix or extension, and a country code (optional). For instance, www.jasssony.com is an example of a domain name where 'www' is the server prefix, 'jasssony' is the domain name and 'com' is the domain suffix.

'Dot-com' is an example of a top level domain extension. There are generic top level domains, gTLDs, and country code top level domains, ccTLDs. Register a domain name of your own. Many 'Internet Service Providers', ISPs and Web Hosts also offer free or bargain-rate domain services that essentially make a domain name an extension of theirs. For example, if the ISP is a fictional like 'youneedweserve', then the resulting domain name could be www.youneedweserve/jass/index.html. While registering your own domain name, make sure that the extension name should look like a professional one. With an extension domain name, you always have to change the ISP or web host.

Many people do not realize it, but it is a fact that the names on the Internet really matter. Choose a domain name that identifies the business and it should also be easy to remember; so many people type the names or partial names into search engines for finding the site that they are seeking for. Most of the best or obvious domain names are already registered by the people. You should also consider the facts when you are choosing a domain name for the online business and how to register a domain name.

Registering a generic top level domain name or a country code top level domain, the things mostly depend on the market for the product or service. For example, if you are selling your product or services to USA, you can use the country code top level domain, dot-us domain. If you are marketing the products or services globally, you can choose to register the online business as a dot-com or a dot-biz.

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