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Chapter 21.  Publishing Your Page on the Web > Getting Your Own Domain Name

Getting Your Own Domain Name

Generally a Web page's address or URL is made up of the name of the server along with the path to the file on that server. When you use a Web hosting service, they rent you a piece of their server and your Web pages take the name of that Web host, by default. For example, in my case, my Web host's server name is http://www.crocker.com and thus the URL for my pages would look something like http://www.crocker.com/~lcastro.

However, if you don't want your Web host's server name to appear in your Web page's URL, you can register your own domain name (for a fee, always for a fee) and then ask your Web hosting company to create a virtual domain on their server with your domain name. In my case, while my pages are still on Crocker's server, they look like they're on my own server: http://www.cookwood.com. Even if your visitors don't know about servers and where the files actually reside, having your own domain name makes your URLs simpler and easier to type, and thus easier to visit.


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