Network adminstration can be a rather arcane field.
Buy a domain name from a registrar - there are plenty out there,
avoid Network Solutions - I've heard plenty of
stories about NSI,
and there is a lot of cheaper competition.
I like to use joker.com,
another that has been highly reccomended is easyDNS,
or you can get involved with the whole OpenSRS thing.
Prices as of 11/20/01:
- Network Solutions:
- easyDNS: $25, addtional for Nameservice: $10
- Joker.com: $10.57 (US), additional for Nameservice: FREE
You'll tell your registrar to point to a DNS (Domain Name Server) - most
likely, your ISP. There is usually a backup server, so expect to enter 2
If you don't have a DNS, your registrar
doesn't offer that service, or you just don't feel like
paying, there are some free services that can help, such as
zoneedit.com, or GraniteCanyon.
Tell your ISP that you've bought this name, and would like their
Domain Name Server to point to the webserver that your space is on.
Many registrars will take
care of this for you, but it normally costs a little more, and
doesn't allow you to have direct control for making changes.
Either you, or your ISP will have to set up a vhost (virtual host) to
tell the webserver to point that name to your webspace.
More information is available on how to set up vhosts in Apache.