Hosting Your Site
Hosting plans range in price from about five dollars per month to a few hundreds and even thousands per month, depending on the level of service you need. I recommend starting low and upgrading as you grow and expand.
The best hosting services utilize Unix servers which combine low price, free software and full customer control. Highly recommended are the providers who incorporate cPanel as the control software. You can find all this information in the hosting providers sites.
After you sign up for a hosting package you will receive an email with technical information like your login name, password, DNS and other pertinent information.
Pay attention to the DNS (Domain Name Setting) info.
What is DNS for?
DNS tells the internet servers where your domain is hosted.
When a person wants to view your site and types your sites name in the browser (example: www.marketingoverthenet.com). This request is forwarded to specialized servers with a huge database of all the registered domains. The server then finds the DNS of your site and directs the request to your host. The host then displays your site to the viewer.
DNS looks something like this:
Armed with the DNS information your head back to your account with your Domain Registrar. Look for “Domain Forwarding” (or similar) and enter this information in order to “point” your domain name to your website hosting server. It sounds more complicated then it is. Your host will guide you if you have any problems.
Following are a few good hosting companies:
The following site will actually install a free website for you for only $5.00!
Now that you have laid out the ground work it’s time to build a site.