RACC WEB 115 Class #13 Lecture
Ch. 6 Lecture
Domain names (pp. 214+)
- extensions (.com, .org, .net, .info, .biz, .name, .edu, .mil, .gov, etc.)
- registering a domain name with Network Solutions (www.netsol.com) or another registrar
- using whois at www.netsol.com or www.betterwhois.com to look up domain name availability
- web server choices
- free hosting such as tripod, geocities, etc.
- hosting from your dial-up (dynamic IP) or broadband (dynamic or static IP) ISP account
- using Apache, Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), or other web server software on a Unix, Linux, Windows PC, or Mac computer
- The ISP will usually forbid your web server from being hosted on port 80. This can be dangerous if you don't know exactly what you are doing, but Windows XP Professional edition comes with Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) built-in. With Windows 98 or Me, you can use Personal Web Server. Free web servers include Simple Server at analogx.com and TinyWeb at ritlabs.com . People will be able to surf to your web site by typing an address like http://188.8.131.520 if your ISP gives you a static IP address. If you want people to be able to surf to a web site with the domain name www.yourname.com, you can register a domain name ($7-35/yr) through netsol.com, gandi.net, and other registrars. Then you can run a DNS server on your home computer such as the one that comes with Windows XP or the $80 Simple DNS Plus from jhsoft.com. If you don't want to run a local DNS server, you can use a Dynamic DNS Provider (see list at www.technopagan.org/dynamic ) that will allow people to surf to your web site at an address like john-doe.dynamic-dns-server.org . If your ISP only gives you a dynamic IP address, you can subscribe to a service at tzo.com ($59/yr) that lets you register a domain name through tzo.com allowing web surfers to access your site at www.yourname.com even though you web server uses dynamic IP addresses. You can also run incoming and outgoing email servers from your home broadband connection. To do this you should probably be sending your mail through your registered domain name or a dynamic DNS service's domain name. Otherwise, your sent mail will probably be rejected as spam by the recipient's ISP.
- virtual hosting (space, bandwidth, email, cgi-bin/Perl, database tools, RealAudio/Video, user friendly control panel, discounts for multiple accounts)
- see the following sites for a comparison of virtual hosting providers
- My recommendations
- I use affinityhosting.com , however Affinity offers budget priced hosting on Windows servers for $9/month at winsave.com and on Linux servers for $8/month at hostsave.com.
- powweb.com is okay
- For only $25/yr for hosting & $25/yr for domain name, you can host at www.doteasy.com without banner ads! They have reasonably priced upgrade options to use CGI, ODBC, PHP, MySQL, etc. For only $60/yr, you get hosting that includes MySQL at icdsoft.com and, for only $6/month, you can host at godaddy.com and register domain names for $17.50/yr!
- leasing a dedicated server
- leasing a dedicated Internet connection from an ISP
Uploading your site (pp. 227+)
- using an FTP client program such as WS_FTP, CuteFTP, Dreamweaver, etc.
- using a direct network connection
- creating and editing web pages on the web server itself!
- upload our La Bonne Cuisine sites to the stuwebsrv via Dreamweaver's Local/Network connection in our La Bonne Cuisine site definition
- (if time) upload a copy of Project #1 to the stuwebsrv
Promoting your Web site
- traditional media (radio, newspaper, billboard, business card, mail, etc.)
- registering with individual search engines or a search engine submission service such as Search Engine Starter (from NetMechanic)
- banner advertising
- paying search engines such as overture.com
- link exchanges
- using meta tags effectively (if time - follow exercise on pp. 239+; view Meta Tags in the source code of existing web pages)