Free Domain Name
A domain name - that was what I required for my future web site. I had it all planned out in my mind. I had a website design and textual, visual and aural content plan, I knew that I needed a Linux web site hosting service and that I needed to register a domain.
Asking Around Delivers Results
My biggest quandary was what domain to pick for my website. It had to be easy-to-remember, catchy, and, well, free to register! I went through quite a few until I discovered one that was available for registration, but then I saw the inordinate price, as I had settled on a .co.uk domain name. These country-specific domains are apparently more expensive than the common .com, .net, .org, etc. Top-Level Domains. With my inadequate budget, I just gave up that idea and began contemplating discovering another web hosting packages provider. I shared my intention with virtually everyone I knew who got a clue about websites and the Internet in general, so an acquaintance of mine showed me the web site NTChosting.com and said: "Voilà! Reasonably priced web hosting plans! And a charge-free domain!"
I Discovered My Web Hosting Solutions Provider! Yay!
Needless to mention, in the beginning I presumed that he was joking, but he wasn't. These chaps from NTC Hosting supply cut-rate web hosting plans - on shared servers, which does not seem to be a problem for small and average-sized sites. Besides, they are United Kingdom-based, and have servers in Great Britain. Well, not only - but also in the United States of America, Sweden and Australia, but what I needed was a UK-based web hosting solution anyway. The greatest advantage, though, is that they offer a free-of-charge domain name if you register for a year rather than paying on a monthly basis! That does not refer to .co.uk domains, unfortunately, since they are registered for a 2-year period by default, but .com, .net, .de, .info and several other domain names are offered for free, so how could I neglect this free offering?
I'm Enjoying My New Web Hosting Solutions Provider!
With the free domain name registration and their affordable domain name and web hosting plan prices, these chaps persuaded me. I did sign up and even found a software tool that could help me build my website - it is called Site Studio. A site builder with - I did try calculating but lost count! - more than 70 web themes suitable for both corporate and personal websites. Well, isn't that splendid? And the bonuses continue! I am one fortunate girl! Now, enough prattle from me, I should proceed with the creation of my website magnum opus!