Free Domain Name
A domain - that was what I needed for my future web site. I had it all figured out. I got a web design and website content strategy, I was aware that I needed a Linux website hosting service and that I needed to register a domain name.
Asking Around Brings Results
My biggest quandary was what domain to pick for my website. It had to be easy-to-memorize, catchy, and, well, available for registration! I examined quite a few until I found one that was free to register, but then I saw the exorbitant price, as I had settled on a .co.uk domain. These country-specific Top-Level Domains are obviously more expensive than the common .com, .net, .org, etc. Top-Level Domains. With my low allowance, I simply ditched that idea and started considering discovering a new hosting services provider. I revealed my intention to almost everyone I knew who got an idea about websites and the World Wide Web in general, so a buddy of mine presented to me the website Openhost.us and said: "Voilà! Moderately priced web hosting plans! And a free-of-charge domain!"
I Found My Hosting Solutions Provider! Yippee!
Needless to say, initially I thought that he was kidding, but he wasn't. These chaps from OpenHost.us furnish inexpensive hosting plans - on shared web hosting servers, which does not appear to be a problem for small and mid-size websites. What is more, they are based in the UK, and have hosting servers in Great Britain. Well, not only - but also in the United States, Scandinavia and Australia, but what I needed was a United Kingdom-based solution anyway. The biggest asset, however, is that they offer a free-of-cost domain if you register for a year rather than paying on a monthly basis! That does not refer to .co.uk domains, regrettably, since they are registered for a 2-year period by default, but .com, .net, .biz, .eu and several other domain names are available free of charge, so how could I neglect this free offering?
I'm Pleased With My New Hosting Solutions Provider!
With the free domain name registration and their discounted domain name and web hosting package prices, these fellows enticed me. I did register and even came across a software tool that could help me build my website - it is called Site Studio. A web site builder with - I did attempt calculating but lost count! - more than seventy skins suitable for both commercial and personal sites. Well, isn't that fantastic? And the bonuses continue! I am one lucky girl! Now, enough jabber from me, I should proceed with the making of my web site magnum opus!