A domain is a name used on the Internet such as "MediaTrends.com".
It is often called an "URL" for Universal Resource Locator and is
the way people locate your website. Domains have different extensions
called TLDs (Top Level Domains) such as .com, .net, or .org as well as
international and specialized TLDs. You must purchase a domain from a
"registrar" or an "authorized agent" and once registered the domain is
exclusively yours to use. As the domain owner, you are responsible for
paying annual registration fees to keep the domain "current" and retain
your rights to the name. A Domain name by itself is not a website, but
it is the first step.
A "website" is a collection of digital files that you build
using a computer. In order for people throughout the world to view your
website, those files must be copied or "uploaded" onto a special
computer that is connected to the Internet 24 hours a day called a web
server. Web servers are complex, powerful and highly reliable computers
that have special high speed connections to the Internet to allow the
transfer of files and e-mails along with special firewall software to
protect hackers from accessing your files. When you buy a hosting
package, you are renting webspace on a server in order to avoid all of
the expense and technical aspects of doing it yourself.
A website is your statement to the world. It can be used for
personal or business use, and has become a necessity in today's modern
world. A website is generally composed of pictures and text and more
sophisticated sites can incorporate animation files and even special
programs that run in the background. A website also gives you a specific
address to receive and manage your e-mail. With your own website, you
can create your own e-mail addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org.
No matter how basic, artistic or advanced, all websites
are made using a special code called html and these html files, along
with picture files and other program files, comprise your website.
You can build your website in a number of ways or hire a
professional website designer to do it for you. There are many website
building tools and advice available for free on the Internet and with
some patience almost anyone can build a simple website in a matter of
Electronic mail is how people contact you or your business on
the Internet. E-mail allows virtually instantaneous communication and
has become a very popular form of modern day communication.
E-mail can be a simple note with just text, or use
special formatting to give it a more elegant appearance (rich text) and
can even contain links to other web pages. Another very common use is to
send pictures and small files between people or companies.
Having your own domain name and website allows you to
create unique and professional sounding e-mail address(s) (email@example.com)
regardless of which ISP you use. MediaTrendsX includes unlimited e-mail
address and unlimited e-mail address aliases.
Once your website is up and running, depending upon your
content you may need to do a marketing campaign to let the world know
about your wonderful products or services.
Obviously if you are using a website only for personal
use like your family photos or hobbies, then marketing is not important
as you only give out your address to those you choose. If you are using
your website for commerce, then designing an effective marketing
campaign can make a huge difference to your bottom line.
There are many ways to market your website, the most
common are: search engine submission, banner advertising, affiliate
programs, bulk e-mail campaigns, print & radio and leveraging your
existing infrastructure. All MediaTrendsX Network affiliates get free
search engine submission, free content and access to our resources with
all sorts of marketing tips and links.