Setting Up a Personal Website
I believe having a personal website is increasingly important (to learn why, see the Poynter columns on the right). Here's how you can have one, too....
Setting up a personal Web site with a "vanity domain name" (such as sree.net) involves two distinct processes.
1. Buying a domain name
(translation: "trademarking the name" -- a.k.a "booking your name").
2. Hosting your site
(translation: "getting a company to host your site and serve it up on
Of course, separate from all of this is actually creating the words and graphics. If you don't want to bother learning HTML or Web design, you can get someone else to do it for you (I have access to a group of young, talented folks - mostly former students - whose work is cost-effective).
Below are my tips on setting up your personal site.
Web Hosting Tips
HOSTING COMPANY I RECOMMEND: There
are dozens of good hosting companies out there. After trying out
several different ones and doing some reporting, I strongly recommend
It's been my main hosting company for several years now. My old hosting
company, HostPro, was bought by Interland, which was bought by Web.com
and I moved all my sites over. I have found it to be reliable, with
excellent features and customer service. Yes, there are cheaper options
than Web.com, but the level of customer service (including getting tech
support on the phone 24 hours a day!) is very important to me and
should be to you.
IF YOU WANT A FULL SITE HOSTING SERVICE:
The Web.com packages I recommend are either Value or Business plans,
ranging from $7.95 a month to $19.95 a month. You get plenty of Web
space for your site and upto 30 personalizable e-mail addresses, such
as firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc.
TIP FROM STUDENT JOURNALIST MATHILDE PIARD (mathildepiard.com):
Prof. Duy Linh Tu recommended Lunarpages and it kind of rocks, esp compared to web.com: $6.95 for 350gb storage and 500 email addresses instead of $11.95 for 5gb and 30 addresses, for example.
I did a little investigation and there's also godaddy.com (which is also only 5gb (do I really need 350gb?), but is only $3.99 a month and I can sign up for only 2 months if I want... domain name costs $8.95/year but that's still cheaper than Lunarpages.
Let me know if you use any of these...
Some personal Web sites made by
you don't want to bother learning HTML or Web design, you can get
someone else to do it for you (I have access to a group of young,
talented folks (mostly former students) whose work is cost-effective).
Four items for you:
Four items for you:
Sites that I have helped host on Web/Interland/HostPro/Web.com (among many others!):
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learning about making Web pages
If you don't want to bother learning HTML or Web design, you can get someone else to do it for you (I have access to a group of young, talented folks (mostly former students) whose work is cost-effective).
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