Setup Options and
on your ISP
If you already have an Internet
Service Provider(ISP) who supplies sufficient disk storage
space to suit the needs of your email service and website,
then your server requirements are satisfied.
If you have an ISP, who does not
supply disk space, or supplies insufficient space to store
your email and host your website, then you will need to
obtain space elsewhere on the Internet at another host. In
fact unless you expect to receive email or other data from
visitors to your site or expect to maintain the site
yourself, you don't necessarily need an ISP at all. Web
hosts can cost from $5.00 per month to $30 depending on the
services required. ^Back
on lowest cost service provider.
We will find the most cost effective
service provider or combination of provider and host in your
area and either assist you in establishing the service, or
with your authorization, set up the account for you. This
cost is highly dependent on your location and can vary from
$5.00 per month for limited connection time to $30 per month
for unlimited time. Savings can be realized by paying for
multiple months of service.
on low cost host.
We recommend the hosting services of
Pair.Networks. A description of the types of service
available and associated costs may be found at
URLs and Domain
your ISP's naming convention
If your ISP offers website space on
their server, their standard naming method will probably
produce a URL something like
Business sites might want a more
conventional URL. There are other options available at
a domain name
You can register for a domain name
(like "microsoft.com" for example) from the InterNIC; a
government appointed company who keeps directories of the
names, who owns them, and where the sites can be found on
You can determine if a domain name
is available by going to the InterNIC website at
and searching for the name using the "WHOIS" link. You can
use *.com, *.net, *.org, *.gov depending on the nature of
Once you find a name that is
satisfactory and available, you can register the name and
pay the $70 registration fee for the first 2 years plus
$35/year thereafter. You will need the name of a
name server) and an alternate which you can get from your
ISP. You can also find providers and hosts (eg.
)who will register your domain for a nominal cost, however
you will still be billed for $70 by the InterNIC.
You can get this type of service
from your ISP, but it will usually require you to purchase a
full business account with its associated high price. We
will advise you of the most cost effective combination of
a virtual domain name
What is usually done is the ISP
lends you one of its allocated IP addresses. This address is
subject to change any time you disconnect and reconnect to
the ISP using a DHCP (Dynamic Host Connection Protocol),
however your URL is still http://www.yourdomain.com. The ISP
is able to associate the registered domain name to this
dynamically assigned address. This type of "virtual domain"
account can be obtained at a much lower cost than a business
a vanity domain name
Another type of URL is the "vanity"
domain. In this case, you do not register with the InterNIC.
The ISP provides a URL like
http://yourdomainname.yourISPname(.com,.net,.org). In the
case of Pair.Networks, the URL would be
http://yourdomainname.pair.com. This is a more acceptable
URL format for a business account, and is a lower cost
alternative to the virtual domain cost, and the cost is
usually only slightly more than the standard naming method.
Not all ISPs provide this type of service.
This option offers a greater
selection of names, since the only limitation is if the name
is in use by another customer of the ISP.
For costs and descriptions of the
available types of service at Pair.Networks go to
. These are the lowest costs we have found on the Internet
The DNS is a directory which stores
the domain names and the IP(Internet Protocol) addresses
associated with those names. When you type the URL
http://www.microsoft.com in the location window of your
browser, a query is made to a DNS to find the IP address
associated with the domain name, in this case the IP address
of "microsoft.com" is 22.214.171.124. This is a dedicated IP
address and whenever you type http://126.96.36.199 you will
get Microsoft's Home Page. <Back