We find ourselves answering this question a lot and whilst it may make sense to some it is worth putting it in the pfa FAQ’s to help others.
When embarking on creating a website the first thing you will need to do is decide on a domain name (i.e www.mydomain.com), check it is available and then register it.
Registering a domain name gives you the sole right to use that domain url for a given period of time, the default is usually 2 years. Once registered it is yours to do what you want with. It is also your responsibility to re-new it when the time comes and your registrar would usually remind you to re-new well in advance. If you decide not to re-new your domain name or forget to then the domain name will go back onto the market. Also please be aware of unsolicited emails asking for domain re-newel through them, it is safer to alway re-new with the registrar you originally bought it from unless otherwise advised from your webmaster.
Once your domain has been registered it will then need to be hosted to be able to do anything with it. There are many different hosting packages out there, so many in fact that you can be blinded by the choice and jargon, they all generally charge on a contracted monthly basis but the cost can vary greatly depending on what sort of site you want to create. The basic things to know is that you will need ‘webspace’ to be able to publish a website. ‘POP3‘ or ‘IMAP‘ allocation to be able to run domain email addresses (i.e firstname.lastname@example.org) and the facility to be able to install a database (usually called ‘MySQL’) if you want to run a worpress blog or an online shop or something.
Hopefully that helps and explains the difference between the two. Of course once you have chosen your supplier/s you will then need some design and development doing which is where pleasefindattached come in. Please do give us a call to discuss any ideas you have.
Let pleasefindattached take care of it for you
If you would like somebody to just take care of all this for you we do register and host domains, at competitive rates, on our own pleasefindattached server which is backed and supported by one of the UK’s biggest internet service providers. It is an exclusive support service for pfa’s interactive work and is currently only available to pleasefindattached clients. So if you would like us to take care of your whole project including this stuff then we most certainly can. Please do get in contact to discuss options – 0208 8914537.