Domain Name Registration Process:
In order to reserve a domain, a registrant must register it with one of almost a thousand ICANN-accredited registrars. The registrar will check if the domain is available and create a WHOIS record with the registrant’s information. It is also possible to registerdomains through a registrar’s resellers.
The total costs of setting up your own in-house web commerce site are expensive.
Web hosting services allow businesses to start electronic commerce inexpensively.
Web hosting services provide all the service s that an ISP does.
Types of hosting services
Implication of Self-hosting
The online business owns and maintains the server and all its software.
It implies full control, instant hardware access, and complete flexibility.
Business must have additional staff, web expertise, expensive equipment, and a high-speed direct Internet Connection.
Implication of Shared Hosting
Your Web or Commerce site reside on the same server as several other sites.
It is expensive, requires very little of an online store’s time to maintain.
It has a very high-speed connection to the Internet.
It may lose direct control from online stores.
Security concerns arise from unrelated online businesses sharing the same server.
Implication of Dedicated Hosting
A Web host provides a server for your web site alone.
More Web and commerce software options, a good high-speed connection, more control to site’s design become available.
Higher Software costs and maintenance costs can be incurred.
Implication of Collocated Hosting
The server is owned by the online store but is located at the Web host’s site.
The web host provides maintenance based on the level of service the online business requires.
maintenance costs are higher than self-hosting.
What should you look for in a host?
Most hosting plans limit how much data you can transfer to and from their servers in a given month. Once you reach 500MB or 1GB of data transfer, most companies charge you by the megabyte for any additional traffic.
Script and extension support
If your website uses or will soon use:
Frontpage 2000 extensions
Active Serve Pages.
You’ll need to upload your site from your local machine to the sever it lives on, and you may want people to be able to download files directly from your site, Look for a host that offers unlimited password-protected FTP uploads to get your site onliine.
How much e-mail will you need for your domain?
estimate the number of mailboxes you’ll want, You might pick one for each employee. for example, and add some for functions such as sales, info, complaints, and feedback.
You may not think much about hit rates and browser versions and types nopw, but once you get the site off the ground, you might want site statistic tools so that you can evaluate traffic and plan future site development.
Factors to evaluate when selecting a hosting service
Bandwidth and server scalability
Backupa nd disaster recovery