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Costs associated with a URL

by johnpriore / April 22, 2004 6:17 PM PDT

Hi: Please enlighten me on Web site development. I just purchased FrontPage 2003, and I'm new to Web development. I realize that I can learn on disk, but when I'm ready to post anything "live," what needs to be done? Is there a cost associated with it? If so, how much? Would my cable-speed Internet provider supply me with any amount of free Web space?

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Re:Costs associated with a URL
by ghostcat / April 22, 2004 7:30 PM PDT

Hi John,
I haven't been doing this very long myself, but there are various ways to post your sites. Most ISPs, if not all, will provide their customers with 'xx' amount of free web-space for you to use at your discretion, search the homepage or e-mail them for advice on how to access it. This is handy if you are building sites for others and you can show them the site here before purchasing web hosting (this varies immensely so shop around). However, it doesn't look very professional if the site you built appears in the browser as eg:- http://homepage.ntlworld.com/georgewbush. Domain names can be purchased from literally thousands of places on the net, I get mine from here as they are very cheap
http://www.123-reg.co.uk/affiliate.cgi?id=AF181508
and the hosting is excellent value too. If you purchase a domain name eg:- www.mydomainname.com, and hosting, then the web browser will display that name and appear more professional. On the other hand you can purchase a domain name and with that you should also be able to use what is called 'web forwarding'. You can build a site and put it in your free ISP web space, then select web forwarding from your domain name supplier and when someone types in their browser eg:- www.mydomainname.com, they will get redirected to the site on your free web space, without you having to pay for web hosting. But remember, you may only have a limited amount of space such as 50mb, so keep a check on what you have used.
These forums are great if you get stuck with anything, someone somewhere in the world will know the answer.
Good Luck

Mick

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Re:Re:Costs associated with a URL
by johnpriore / April 22, 2004 7:41 PM PDT

Thanks Mick. I'm probably months away from that, but I'll be sure to save your message. The Web page (the inexpensive one) is from the UK, so I guess I'd need my currency translator there! As you suggested, I'll be sure to 'shop around' if and when that time comes. Your advice on the professionalism of the Web addresses and space constraints on the Web hosting, too, is great. I'm BRAND NEW AT WEB DESIGN, and I'm learning on my own from home with a thick manual, as a hobby more than anything else. I just joined this chat room on CNET today, in fact.

Thanks again, JP

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Re:Re:Re:Costs associated with a URL
by ghostcat / April 22, 2004 9:29 PM PDT

You'll be amazed at how easy it is to pick up this html stuff. I've only been doing it since november and have learned stacks, but it is still nothing in comparison to what is out there. I tried a few times to build a site with pics from my honeymoon to Kenya last year and after a few tries came up with this - http://homepage.ntlworld.com/michaelkirby/kenya/ (I put a few sounds in for elephants, lions, leopard and Masai)
- it can be frustrating sorting out silly little problems such as a single letter in the wrong case but when you achieve something it feels good. I'm doing it as I want to make extra money and it beats going out and doing a second job in somewhere like a bar. If you want you can contact me at the e-mail link at the bottom of my homepage, if I can help or advise then I will, you may even be able to help me with other things.

Regards

Mick

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Re:Costs associated with a URL
by gazza / July 30, 2004 1:03 AM PDT

there are lots of free web site providers on the net, but if your serious about web developement the get your site hosted by an hosting company.
You will find you get everything you need to host your web site, Try www.streamlinenet.co.uk excellent hosting site with no restrictions on visitor bandwidthand you get a cool account panel to help you with everything you need.

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Re:Costs associated with a URL
by cory61574 / April 23, 2004 1:07 PM PDT

$7.95 per year for your domain - www.godaddy.com
Hosting $34.95/month - www.corinteractive.com

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Re:Re:Costs associated with a URL
by johnpriore / April 23, 2004 2:22 PM PDT

Thanks Cory. While I have yet to get to the point of going "live," I appreciate the advice and will be sure to save your information.

-John

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Re: Costs associated with a URL
by coolridernum1 / July 1, 2004 7:05 AM PDT

I went with www.1and1.com


Costs are really up to you

I have the 9.99 microsoft server hosting plan

GoodLuck!

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Re: Costs associated with a URL
by Andrea B. / July 1, 2004 8:23 PM PDT

I've been using www.seanic.net for years - free domain name and under $5/month for space - and great service.

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Re: Costs associated with a URL
by mike-ferguson / July 2, 2004 7:09 AM PDT

Here's a good site I've had referred to me, that sounds REAL reasonable ...
http://www.ipowerweb.com/
They're only 7.95 per month and offer 800 meg, frontpage support, etc, etc...read the details.

As far as your high speed internet provider, that's case-by-case...I use AND am employed by Cox communication, and get 7 e-mail addresses, each with 10 Meg...you can link between them if you get a lot of files, as long as they're not being used already.

I've got Yahoo @ 8.95 per month, but 5 seconds after clicking on http://www.mikeferguson.org [the domain name purchase through yahoo] it takes you to my COX page. I'm gonna switch to the one with ipowerweb as soon as I get some more "dynamic" website development completed.

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Re: Costs associated with a URL
by lildude / July 2, 2004 7:26 AM PDT

You need webspace to test your files.

http://www.linux-web-host.com/ are good at rates .. you can buy webspace from there. They dont even place adds on your website like other free hosting providers do. Their hosting starts somewhere arround $20 per year.

Regards,

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Re: Costs associated with a URL
by madspeed / July 16, 2004 11:19 PM PDT

John,

Do you want your website to have it's own domain name (Ex: www.bestbuy.com) or a sublisting of an ISP (Ex: www.earthlink.net/~jdoe)?

If you're serious about getting a domain name for your website, get the domain name first through a domain provider. That way you will have a greater chance of securing the domain name that you want.

Next, you'll need webhosting. Yes, your ISP should provide you a personal webspace, although it will be at www.ispname.com/yourusername or something to that affect.

But if you are using a domain name, you'll need webhosting service.

If you plan on developing more websites but require a more custom look, learn to use HTML. Frontpage has its limits. Here are some good resources:

http://www.htmlgoodies.com/
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/reference/html_cheatsheet/index.html
http://webdesign.about.com/index.htm?once=true&

Good luck!

-Q
VQC Designs, LLC
www.vqcdesigns.com

""Attitudes are contagious...is yours worth catching?"

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Re: Costs associated with a URL
by Guardian55 / July 24, 2004 7:26 AM PDT

there are alot of companies that will provide what you need for a website and include the costs into their price, the place I have found that is the cheapest and they do pretty much everything for you is a site called......www.canaca.ca

I have been with them for over a year now and they are the cheapest that i have found, and i did alot of looking before going with them.

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