What is a Domain Name?
- A domain name is a unique name for a web site, like w3schools.com.
- Domain names must be registered. When domain names are registered, they are added to a large domain name register. In addition, information about the web site, including the IP address, is stored on a DNS server.
- DNS stands for Domain Name System. A DNS server is responsible for informing all other computers on the Internet about the domain name and the web site address.
Choosing a Domain Name
- Choosing a domain name is a major step for any individual or organization.
- New domain name extensions and creative thinking still offer thousands of excellent domain names!
- When choosing a name, it is important to consider the purpose of a domain name, which is to provide an easy way to reach your web site.
- The best domains have the following characteristics:
- 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, 34i4nh.com 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. In order to maximize your sites exposure, consider including a relevant search term in your domain. Of course, only consider this if it still maintains a short, clear and meaningful domain name.
How Much Disk Space?
- A small or medium web site will need between 10 and 100MB of disk space.
- If you look at the size of HTML pages, you will see that the average size is very small. But if you look at the size of the images used inside these pages, you will often find the images larger than the page.
- Expect each HTML page to take up between 5 and 50KB of disk space on your web server, depending on the use of images or other space-consuming elements.
- If you use a lot of images or graphic elements (or sound files or movies), you might need much more disk space.
- Make sure you know your needs, before choosing a web host.
- A small or medium web site will consume between 1GB and 5GB of data transfer per month.
- Calculate the following: average page size * expected page views per month
- Example: If your average page size is 30KB and you expect 50,000 page views per month, you will need 0.03MB * 50,000 = 1.5GB.
- Larger, commercial sites often consume more than 100GB of monthly traffic.