Chapter 14. Putting It on the Web


  • Getting your domain name

  • Finding a Web hosting provider

  • Testing responsiveness to your needs

  • Avoiding common provider scams

  • Exploring bells and whistles

  • Uploading your pages

  • Web posting quick reference

Once you've created your Web site, you'll naturally want to put it online, right? Although you might have some Web space through your Internet service provider (ISP) or through a free Web service, a superior Web site deserves superior Web space. And picking that Web space involves just a little forethought, some planning, and even a little bit of fun.

In this chapter, you'll find a new home for your Web pages and move them in. Everything from picking your domain name to uploading your pages with an FTP program is covered here. Whether you just need a home for a personal home page or an expandable site for your e-commerce solution, you'll be ready to go when your Web site is finished.

Getting Your Domain Name

Your Web site's URL is the most visible part of your online identity. It's what you put on your business cards, in your advertisements, and on company T-shirts and letterhead. It's how people remember where you are on the Web, so an easily remembered URL is as important nowadays as an easily remembered company name.

Although you can use a URL offered by free Web space providers or your own ISP (such as, most businesses and many individuals buy their own domain names to make it easy for people to find them on the ...

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