What's in a domain? Quite a bit, actually. An internet address (like sellwam.com) is really a marker for all kinds of associated technology and activities. First, there are servers--some that host web sites and others that point traffic. Second, there are related internet accounts and services--Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, etc. Third, there's a host of composing activities and technical construction needed for any site. There's even the name of the domain itself to think about. This experience will get you started.
First, create an account with Reclaim Hosting. (If you already have an account with an Internet Service Provider--ISP--you can skip this step.) You will use this account to create a Web site and some of your projects for the class. Before getting started, you will want to think about the rhetoric of Internet domains. You will also want to brainstorm ahead of time about your goals for the domain you seek to register. We will explore these possibilities in class.
To get started, you will need to have a sense of the registration information you will provide, some idea of the kinds of domain names you will look for, and a method for paying the $30 fee for one year of hosting. Once you have that in place, complete the following steps:
- Go to the Reclaim Hosting Sign up Page. (Note if you are already paying for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and you are comfortable installing and maintaining content and systems on that service, you can check with me about whether you need to create a new hosting account.)
- From the sign up page, select the option you want to purchase. There is no need to purchase more than the $30 per year option.
- Next, relying on your experience thinking about domains, check for the availability of the domain you want to purchase. You will likely need to be creative and try a few possibilities. Take your time since the name you choose will stick with you.
- Once you have an available domain picked out, work through the registration steps to complete the purchase of your account.
After you have set up your account, you will want to learn about the C-Panel interface of the ISP. We will collaborate to use the major functions of the C-Panel. You can also explore by working with the e-mail tools. To complete the task of creating a domain, add an e-mail account for your domain. You can create all kinds of accounts, but for this one, consider the rhetoric of internet names that we have been thinking about, and then pick something to represent you online or to link with your site needs.
When you are finished, add a comment to this assignment. In your comment, list the domain of your web site and write a few sentences about the thinking that went into your decisions.