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& A, Suggestions
up Your First
Website and Email
– File Transfer
Q & A, Suggestions and
good question was asked about copyrights. “When
you copyright your piece and use a pen name that is not currently your
legal name, do you use that name after the "copyright" mention
or your legal name?”
is a great question and took some research, but Google prevailed and I
found the answer at http://www.ivanhoffman.com/pennames.html.
In the article, Mr. Hoffman who practices
question concerned using a web based email address for your business
address. Web based
hotmail, yahoo mail, gmail, etc. This
does not present a professional appearance since it says “I do not own
my own Internet real estate”. You
really need an address that is firstname.lastname@example.org.
say to yourself, “I don’t have a domain name or website so how can I
have my own email address?” My
suggestion is to set one up. You
say, “I don’t know how.” My suggestion is to let me guide you
though the process. You
“I don’t have a domain name yet, and I don’t know what I want to
use.” My suggestion
pick a domain name that represents you and set it up.
It does not have to be the domain name that you will
use for marketing your products. In
our case, we use
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will make you a deal, if you use Hostexcellence.com for your website
hosting, I will lead you through setting up a website and establishing
your own email address. I
will create a set of videos to show you how.
Just use my affiliate link with Hostexcellence so I
small compensation for my efforts, and I will make the time to do this.
reason I am suggesting Hostexcellence is that I have used it for
years, and I know how to do things on it quickly and efficiently.
If you have a favorite web host that you are
considering, I am
sorry but I do not have the time to learn the quirks of several web
hosts to help everyone.
has a program called Express Excellence which costs $2.95 per month for
a two year contract (no set up fee).
If you want to test the water, it costs $5.95 per
month for three
months plus $25 set up fee. There
are prices in between these for other lengths of service.
My advice is if you have been sitting around
about jumping into having your own website, take the plunge and sign up
for the two year plan. Take
the leap of faith and don’t look back.
can register your domain name wherever you want.
This should cost under $10.00 per year.
Hostexcellence is too expensive at $15.00 per year. YOU
DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER YOUR DOMAIN NAME WITH THE SAME COMPANY THAT
HOSTS YOUR WEBSITE.
try to stay with the “.com” extension.
It is still the most respected of the domain name
the future, when you establish your other web site(s), you can upgrade
to the next hosting plan (Business Excellence) which is what we use.
This will host up to eight unique domain names.
You can keep your base domain that you started with
Express Excellence account and add seven additional domains to it as
build your business.
you are ready to jump, send me an email at john (at) boomer-ezine.com
and let me know that want to participate in the project.
Also, go to Hostexcellence using the following link
my affiliate link on the Hostexcellence site.
is the time to establish your own .com email address.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
is the Internet protocol that is used to transfer large files and
volumes of data over the Internet.
is most commonly used to upload web pages from personal computers to
web server where the website is hosted.
use FTP in my business to transfer large CAD (computer assisted design)
files between the company drafting computer and a vendor (smaller files
can be sent as email attachments, but the large CAD files often exceed
the size limit on email attachments).
We design an item using our design software.
When we want a vendor to bid on making the item, we
RFQ (request for quote) and email the RFQ and ask for the vendor’s FTP
give us the FTP access information and we will transfer the file from
our computer to his computer using FTP.
The vendor can then open the file with his CAD
the item to be manufactured, and send us a quote for making the part.
All this is done electronically – no “blueprints”.
are two ways to use FTP. You
can learn the 36 or so FTP commands and become an FTP wizard using the
brute force method or you can use a program that handles the FTP
an FTP program for your home computer for this communication.
You can find various FTP programs using Google.
Some of them are free for personal and non-profit
Most of them have a free trial period so you can
play with them
and see how they work. I
personally use CuteFTP which costs $39.99.
This program acts like and works like Windows
Explorer with a
drag and drop interface.
let’s talk about uploading web pages.
When you establish a website with a web host, you
will be given
FTP access to your website. This
consists of a user name and password.
To start an FTP connection, load your FTP program
and give it the
name of the website or the IP address to which you want to establish
FTP connection and click Connect.
you have not already set up your user name and password, you will be
asked for it.
the connection is established, the screen will show a split screen with
all the files on your home computer on the left and the files on the
website on the right. You
can click on any file on either your home computer or your website and
rename or delete any of them. If
you want to upload a file from your computer to the website, you
highlight it and hold the left mouse button down as you drag it from
home computer side of the screen to the website side of the screen.
The file will be sent via FTP to the website and
will appear on
the website side of the screen indicating that it was transferred over
the Internet to the website. That
is how it is done. Too
was telling you about starting your own website earlier.
This is how you create your first webpage and put it
You do not even have to have an HTML editor.
Did you know that you can create an HTML page with
If you want to create that one page website, create
looking page in Word and when you get ready to save it, click “Save
As” and specify for it to be saved as a Web Page (*htm, *html).
This can be your home page to establish your “turf”
Net. Now you can
personal email address to go with your home page.
have created a short video showing the workings of FTP using CuteFTP
accessing one of my websites. It
shows how easy it is to use FTP to upload a webpage from my home
computer to the website.
here to play the video.
Sample Home Page that we uploaded in the video can be viewed at http://www.boomer-ezine.com/Sample_Home_Page.htm.
around and check out what is available for FTP programs.
A free one that sounds like it operates similarly to
SmartFTP. You might
look at it. You can
CuteFTP and try it for 30 days for no charge.
Thirty days will give you plenty of time to upload
your home page
to establish your website.
That wraps up our
issue for this week. Start
planning your new website. Until next week, stay tuned.
John and Linda
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