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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is a Domain Name?
  The Domain Name is the unique name of your web site.  Typically your Domain Name and a preceding "www." constitute the URL for the Home page of your web site.  In the URL, "" is the Domain Name.  For a more detailed and non-technical explanation of Domain Names and Domain Name Services check out the Internic FAQ's.

Q.  What are the rules for registration of .com, .net, .org, .name, and .biz, names?
  The .com, .net, .org, .name, and .biz Top Level Domains are open and unrestricted.  Traditionally, however, names ending in .com have been used by companies engaged in commercial business.  Names ending in .net have been used by organizations involved in Internet infrastructure activities.  Those ending in .org are frequently used by noncommercial or nonprofit organizations.  Names ending in .name are dedicated exclusively to individuals' personal names.  Names ending in .biz are reserved for use by businesses.  For more information on .biz restrictions, please contact your registrar.

Q.  How do I register my Domain Name?
  Domain names ending with .biz, .com, .org, .net or .name can be registered through many different competing companies known as "registrars".  A listing of these companies can be found at this Registrar Directory.

Q.  Is my Domain Name available?
  Check to see if your Domain Name is available.

Q.  What is HTML?
  HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language, is a set of statements or instructions, also referred to as "code", that identify the visual content, the textual content, and the attributes of the information to be conveyed.  Web Browsers, such as Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer, use HTML to correctly display the information or the web page.

Q.  How do I build a Web Page?
  By using the appropriate HTML statements or code, one can program how information, including pictures, diagrams, text, web links, etc. are displayed by the web browser.  Use the various HTML statements to determine the FONT, FONT SIZE, location of text and pictures, links to other pages, and how the information is generally displayed.

Q.  What tools do I need to administer my web site?
  There are three basic tools that are required. First, you need either a text editor or an HTML Generator to create and modify your HTML code.  The Text Editor must be able to just create and edit text files.  Examples are Wordpad, Word, TextPad, etc. The HTML Generator is a WYSIWYG* editor that creates a separate file with the HTML statements or code in it.  Examples are Front Page and Hot Metal.  Second, you need software to edit photographs and images.  Examples of these are Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro.  Third, you need a program to transfer files to and from your web site via FTP or File Transfer Protocol.

Q.  What is a Web Hosting Company and why do I need one?
  The Web Hosting company owns, operates, and monitors the computer equipment that web sites reside on and run on.  Web Hosting companies also have high speed connectivity to the Internet.  They have a staff to run and monitor the hosted sites 24 hours a day.  To host your web site yourself and do all of the above could be cost prohibitive, resource intensive, and very time consuming.

Q.  What is a URL?
  The Uniform Resource Locator is the address of a particular page on your web site. is an example of a URL.

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