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Class 14 – Publishing your Website

Final Exam: Exhibit Site Presentations

Checklist before publishing your site:

Domains & Hosting

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is a unique name for a web site, like,,

Domain names must be registered. When domain names are registered, they are added to a large domain name register.

Registering a Domain

Domains can be registered from domain name registration companies. Some good ones are godaddy, blue host.

These companies provide interfaces to search for available domain names, and they offer a variety of domain name extensions that can be registered at the same time. (.co, .biz, .net)

You register domains for a period of time and if you don’t renew, they can expire and someone else can buy them.

Tips for Choosing a Domain Name:

Short – People don’t like to type! A short domain name is easier to type, read, and remember.

Meaningful – A short domain is nothing without meaning, is not easy to enter or to remember. Select a domain that relates to your site in a way that people will understand.

Clear – Clarity is important when selecting a domain name. Avoid a name that is difficult to spell or pronounce.

Exposure – Names that are short and easy to remember are an asset. In addition to visitors, also consider search engines. Search engines index your site and rank it for relevance against terms people search for.  Consider this if it still maintains a short, clear and meaningful domain name.

Sub Domains

“www” of the World Wide Web is an example of a sub domain. Sub domains can be created on a DNS server, and they don’t need to be registered with a domain name registrar. Sub domains can be requested from your web hosting provider.

Examples of sub domains used on the internet are and

Let other people be aware of your domain name, and to inform your partners and customers about your web site

Activity 1: How to register & buy a Domain Name

Web Hosting

The Web is a network of computers all over the world that can communicate with each other. They use a communication protocol called HTTP.

To let others view your web pages, you must publish your web site. To publish your work, you must copy your site to a web server.

Activity 2: How to setup an FTP account

Activity 3: How to upload files to server

Homework due next class (12/7)

  • Put the finishing touches on your Exhibit Site. Final site is due next class.
  • Read the following pages to prepare for next class:

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