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Getting Started in Interntet Guide

 

How to Setup Your Own Web Site:

 

If starting a website seems like some strange new language to you, don't worry. It's not as difficult to get started as it may seem at first. Simply follow the easy steps below, and you'll be a webmaster in no time!

 

1. Choose a domain name

 

 If you've already registered your domain name, skip to step #2.

  

2. Choose a web hosting package

 

 Terapower has 5 packages to select from starting at $2.00 View packages.

 

3. Build your web site

 

 Transfer any existing site to our servers from another host or create a new site.

 

4. Upload to your new server space

 

 Transfer your files in the control panel, with FTP software or using Windows Explorer.

 

1. Choose a domain name

 

The first decision is which type of domain name you want to use for your site.

If you decide to get a domain name such as www.YourName.com the first step is to make sure it's still available. Domain names are still being registered at an alarming rate, so if the one you want is still available, it's not meaningless sales hype to say hurry up and register it!

 

While there are many schools of thought on what makes one domain name better than another, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the name should be easy to remember, and easy to spell. The name won't help you if people can't remember it, or can't get to it due to spelling errors.

 

Other things to remember:

Occasionally you may find it advantageous to choose a name that would be near the top of a page that listed sites/links alphabetically. Numerals come before letters in those types of lists, but weigh the importance of that to someone going to the wrong site by spelling out a numeral rather than using the actual number key while trying to get to your site. (If both are available, you can register both to point to your site)

Make it short. It's easier to remember, and type in if it's a short name.

Do your best to make sure it's not someone else's corporate name, trade-mark, etc. You don't want dispute headaches like that after you've spent the time and energy to make your site popular, and people know where to find you.

Domain names that contain descriptive keywords tend to place better on search engines. Domain names with dashes between the keywords work better than keywords that are run together.

Many people register multiple, descriptive names in an effort to rank higher with related keywords in the search engines, and point them all to the same site.

Many new domain name extensions are now available, but ".com" remains the most popular by far. If a visitor of your site is trying to remember your domain name later, you want it to be ".com" but we can host your site using ANY domain name extension in existence.

 

You can click here to check your desired Domain Name availability and even register it.

Should you need more info on transferring your domain to our Registrar or any help regarding how to point your actual domain to the new host, please click here.

 

2. Choose a web hosting package

 

Which hosting package you choose should be based on what you plan to do with your site. All of our packages come with an unconditional thirty day money back guarantee that covers everything except for domain name registration fees.

 

Whether you're looking to have a simple electronic business card, a full fledged internet ecommerce business, or anything in-between, our Web Hosting Packages are designed to suit your needs.

 

Review the features of each package, and choose the one that best suits your needs for your particular site's functionality and concept. You can get an over-view of all of the packages by clicking here.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to click here and ask!
 

3. Design/Build your web site

 

If you're planning to sell anything with your site, and you're not an experienced web designer, you will probably want to use website templates, use pre-made sites or hire a designer or design service to build your site. If your site is not professional looking enough to compete with the look of your competitors' sites, then you could lose a lot of business. You can get more information on Terapower's design department by clicking here. We also have on-line quotes for custom design work.

 

The best way to start designing your site without design help, is to plan it all out (on paper if need be) to get an idea of what pages you want, what you want them to say, and what you want them to look like. When you're ready to start construction of your web pages, you'll need to decide which program you'd like to use to build them.

 

Our value package is the only one we offer that doesn't include some type of easy to use web site builder program. There are also many third-party programs you can use to help you build your web pages. For beginners and those who do not wish to learn HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language - the basic language used to create web pages) you may want to find a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) type editor. These types of editors usually let you type your text and drop images into directly into a web page on your computer, change colors, etc. and it will write the html for you. More experienced webmasters who are familiar with HTML can use any text editor, such as Windows Notepad.

 

Whatever you decide to use may or may not have the ability to upload your new pages to our servers. If it doesn't include FTP (File Transfer Protocol) capabilities, you can always use a different program to FTP (upload) the pages from your computer to our servers. See step four for more info on uploading your files.

 

4. Upload your web pages to your new server space.

 

Use FTP or your control panel to upload files to your site. FTP's main purpose is to make transferring files from one computer to another as fast and easy as possible. One of the best advantages of FTP over using your control panel to upload files is that FTP programs allow you to upload or download many files at once. It is a "protocol" just like http is a protocol. Your browser program uses the http (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) for viewing, reading, and translating HTML into the bright and colorful interactive web pages you see on your computer screen. In order to use FTP you will need a program such as CuteFTP or WS-FTP for Windows.

 

Visually, if you are using CuteFTP or WS_FTP, you will see two panels, each with folders (also called directories) and files displayed similar to Windows explorer. One panel will contain the folders and files on your computer. The other panel will contain the folders and files on the site you are logged into.

 

Remember, we all start out not knowing anything about any of this, and it's not as difficult as it all seems in the beginning. The learning curve is actually easy, fun to ride, and well worth the effort! So what are you waiting for? Get Started Now!

 

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