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HTML Tutorial

Web Hosting Tutorial and Guide
Learn how easy it is you get your own .com, .net, .org
Dave's Guide to Domain Names - Web Hosting Suggestions and Recommendations

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The steps to making your web site are pretty easy:

  1. You learn HTML here at
  2. You make your web site.
  3. You upload (copy) your web site files to your web host.
  4. Your web site is online for the whole world to see!

Chapters 1 to 9 cover HTML, and Chapter 10 covers getting your site up and running after you've ordered your hosting plan.

But you're going to need a place to put your site once it's done, as explained above.

Your best bet in picking the perfect host is to take a recommendation. I've been running web sites for nearly fifteen years so it's pretty easy for me to spot a great host from a horrible one.

So what do you get with a web host? You get a professionally-trained staff of computer experts running your web site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from a secure location somewhere in the world.

They pay the electric bill, the air conditioning bill, the bills for computer upgrades, yeah, you get the picture.

What do you pay? About $5 to $10 a month.
Can you say "discount?"

Hosting, even on a full-featured $10 a month package, is one of the best deals for anything you'll get in life, ever. You can barely get a pizza for $10. You can get a month of professional hosting for that, and your site will be online for the whole world to see.

A lot of people make back their host costs by putting up ad code.
I have a chapter on how to make money with your site once you order your host.
Click here to open the money making chapter in a new window.

I have sites hosted with all three hosts listed below. (Yeah, I believe in trying a product before you tell someone else that it's great. I like to be honest.)

Picking a Domain Name... Do I have lots of choices?
There are more options than just .com, .net, and .org!!! Some other choices you can try (if your main choice is taken) are .biz, .info, .mobi, .name, and more. Check on your host's supported domain endings.

Each domain is purchased separately, for example, and are two different websites!

If someone has your top choice in .com, register it with another ending!

Sign up for a host now so that you're ready to post your site once you've finished the course!

Hosting CompanySpecial FeaturesHost DetailsDisk Space/
Domain PricePrice (Click for More)
iPage Expert
Web Hosting
Great Control Panel/
Enhanced Security/100% Green
Unlimited/UnlimitedFree (ever year) $11.95/mo $1.99/mo
FutureQuest Expert
Community Web Hosting
FutureQuest Hosting
FutureQuest is my official host
offering round-the-clock support.

SSH/IMAP/Monthly Payments
(This site is hosted on
FutureQuest for $8.95.)
View Specials1.2GB/40GBBring Your Own$8.95/mo
(Special: At FutureQuest
you pay one month at
a time, not a full year.)
1&1 Hosting Enhanced Security (SSH)/
Scripting, and IMAP Secure Email
250GB/Unlimited 3 Free (every year) $9.99/mo

I suggest you check out all three hosts listed above. Right now. It'll only take a few moments. See what you like about each one, check out the features they offer (all of them are a little different but they're all awesome choices.)

Launching your first web site, typing in your domain name, and having your site pop right up is an incredible experience. You also get customized e-mail addresses that you get to pick, loads of space, and many host have bonus software and credits.

Getting your own domain name and starting a web site is one of the best choices you might make in your life. It certainly was for me.

Just a quick note: Hosting packages are almost always pre-paid for the year (you pay 12 months of service when you sign up.) This is the norm in the industry.

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If I could predict the best hosts of the year, I'm sure one would be iPage.

1&1 Hosting is also a top ranking hosting company. It's really easy to set up, speedy, and after all that, it's fun. The daily stats are great. The only thing I have to say negatively about them is that the webmail client is good, but can get better. When you visit their site, select Linux hosting (it's the most secure and it works with your computer even if its Windows or Mac)  

For new designers in the UK, I recommend 1&1 Internet Ltd.

Getting a Web Host - Domain Name Basics

While you're learning to code HTML, you're able to test your new skills online in your web browser window.

When you start creating your own web site, you'll edit and save your HTML files on your own computer.

Once you've finished your web site, you save a copy of it online on the Internet for the world to see (we call this "uploading your web site.")

The place where you upload your web site files for the world to see is called a web host.

You may have seen hosting packages offer a free domain name. So what is a domain name? A domain name is a web address that ends in .com, .net, .org, or another ending. (There are lots of choices... it's no longer just .com!)

Your domain name will point to your web site on the host you choose.

Getting a domain name is really easy. When I wanted, I made sure no one else had it, and just started paying my small yearly fee for it.

Now when someone types in their web browser, my web site magically pops up.

The most important feature of a domain name is that you own it.

When you get a domain name, you own the worldwide name. As long as you've picked a legal name for it (not someone else's trademark) no one will be able to take it from you.

Domains names are important because:

  • Your web address never changes. When you print a flyer, or include the address in a book, you don't have to worry about it.
  • It looks very professional.
  • Your e-mail address never has to change. If you own the domain name, will always work.
  • You have the freedom to move. You can move your site to a new host if you're not pleased with the one you're using.

When you purchase a domain name, you decide where the domain should go. How's that for control?

There are more choices than just .com. Some other popular extensions are .biz, .net, .org, .info, .name, and .us. (There are many, many more!)

If the name you want is taken in .com, try it with .biz or .info or one of the other extensions!

Even More Details on Hosting

Following Chapter 10 (which will show you how easy it is to use something called FTP to post your site online), you'll have a chance to read about my history with web hosting (it dates back 14 years, that's how long has been running!)

I have a technical detail of of the domain name system (DNS) for those interested in how to manually register a domain name. Luckily, my recommended hosts above don't require you to do any of that work. It's automatic with my recommendations, a huge time saver!

Here are my three recommended hosts again:

Did you pick your host and order your package?

(Please support these hosts. They're the only reason this site can be kept free for you to learn! Thanks!)

Try It Out! -- This MiniChapter's Quick Exercise

This chapter's exercise is a short, simple three steps.

Read the reviews above.

Pick the host that interests you most.

Click below to view the details of
the host that you picked.

Once you've gotten a pretty solid idea of what you need in a host after reviewing two of the hosts in step 2: