This is the first article in a series of 3 aimed at those just starting out in the world of websites and the internet. If you are baffled with the different terms and what they mean, these articles are for you. In this first article I will explain in simple terms what some web development terms mean. To have a website on the internet you need both a domain name and web hosting: - see below:
A Domain Name is an easy to remember address that gets translated by DNS (domain name servers) into the servers IP address. This mean your domain name is the address of where you website is stored. Eg. www.mysite.com. In order to publish your webpage's on the internet you will need a domain name AND web hosting. (see below)
A Host or web hosting is where a computer stores website files which has a web server running on it. You need a web host to be able to have websites published on the internet. You will also need an address (Domain name). There are many different web hosting companies all offering different packages. Fundamentally they are all the same; they sell server space for your website.
Domain Name Registrar is a company accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). You can buy domains from a registrar and some registrars also provide DNS hosting (web hosting) but this is not required as it is often a separate service.
Domain Resellers programs are where anyone can set up a reseller program to sell on domains. Domain resellers buy their domains from an ICANN registrar at trade prices and then sell them on to their customers with the same discount. Many web development companies become resellers so they can sell domains to their customers are discounted prices.
A server is a computer that relays information and handles requests for website data, email, file transfers from other computers. You can turn most computer into servers which means you could host your own website if you were prepared to leave it on all the time. Most people pay a web hosting company to use their servers to host their website.
A Dedicated Server is what some web hosting companies use. There are servers that have 24 hours support and all the latest technology. If your site outgrows its shared server space because of the amount of traffic you are getting then your better off using a company that use dedicated servers. When looking at web host companies see if they use dedicated servers. If they do you know you will get good support and get all the latest upgrades.
HTML which stands for Hypertext Markup Language is the language in which web pages are written. If you look at a website page and view its source (right click and click ‘view source') you will see its html.
HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol which is the main protocol used to transfer and receive date over the internet.
An IP Address is a unique number identifying all devices connected to the Internet. IP stands for Internet Protocol Address. Domain names hide the IP address with the www.wordingpart.com.
An ISP stands for Internet Service Provider which is a company that proves members with Internet access. Customers have a username and a password and can dial-up or use a cable or DSL line to connect to ISP's network which is connected to the Internet. Virgin Media and BT Internet are ISP's.
Sub-Domains allows you to set up different sections of your site as a separate domain (E.G. http://somedirectory.yourdomain.com)
In part two of this series of articles I will explain the many different services that come along with web hosting which is needed to publish your websites on the internet.
Family 420 Part 1
Its amazing to think of the number of emails I get offering to make my dreams come true or how I can get rich with little or no work on my part. I get a real laugh out of some of these schemes and sometimes I can hardly wait for the next one to see the latest twist in their bag of tricks. The internet is a wonderful place, full of opportunities to learn and to profit in business. However, it is also a great place to get hosed out of all of your hard earned money by people who make their living doing so. For those of you with some experience in life and online none of this will come as any surprise. For those of you who are just beginning to look for a way to make money on the internet, a few words of caution are advised.
Beware Of Getting Something for Nothing
No matter what anybody tells you, no matter the source, no one is going to give you anything in life absolutely free, period. Beware of the email that tries to tell you can be rich and it will cost you nothing. There is always a price somewhere, you just have to look for it. Be careful of signing up for the free trial offer. A lot of offers arrive in my email box that offer to give me a free trial membership for a stated period after which my PayPal account or credit card will automatically be billed. The part about billing me automatically is often nested in such a way as to make it difficult to notice while you read it or sometimes its actually printed using small text. Read everything carefully and keep in mind that nothing is free and that whoever is trying to get you to sign up is trying to make a buck.
Beware Of Getting a Secret Method or System
Please keep in mind that, for the most part, everything has already been done. What we tend to see on the net and in the world with regards to making money are just twists on things which have been around for a long time. Periodically you are going to run into scammers who will try to tell you they have an answer for you that nobody else has thought of or that they have discovered the secret the gurus have kept to themselves. I love this one, they try to sell me some secret they have uncovered that is guaranteed to make me money. Why would anyone sell me their sure fire method to make money and invite competition which would potentially take money out of their pocket? Chances are they wouldnt. Dont fall for this one, let them keep their little secret to themselves and you keep your money. Believe me, you will be glad you did.
Beware Of Getting Your Own Ready-Made Online Business Website
There are those out there who will try and sell you your very own online business which is ready to start earning you $1,000s of dollars 24/7 while you sleep. Wow, how great is that? I sleep and my ready-made website, that I never so much as typed a keystroke to create, will literally crap out so many $100 dollar bills that I have to shovel them out of the way just to get to get to the bathroom in the morning. Sound ridiculous? It should. First, you must understand that in order for any website to be profitable it must have a constant flow of traffic, profitable traffic, and that is not included in the price you pay. Before anyone comes to your site they have to first realize that it exists. That requires some form of advertisement, which will cost you money. Second, these free sites tend to be cookie cutter in nature and the search engines frown on duplicate content. Third, these sites tend to be crappy and quality is what its all about on the net. Never doubt that, regardless of what you hear.
Yes, the internet is a wonderful place, but like the rest of the world you have to separate the wheat from the chaff. With a little experience you will learn to recognize a scam when you see one. As mentioned in the title, this is part 1 and I have no doubt that at the rate I receive screwy offers, part 2 is just around the corner.
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