Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Special Interests > Visual Media > Web Design and Development

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 28, 2012, 01:07 AM   #1
kylera
macrumors 6502a
 
kylera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Seoul
How does a domain purchase work?

Forgive my ignorance in this. I was provided some free space with which I can set up a blog, and I intend to get a domain to link it to the free space. Basically, I am curious about what happens after payment goes through for a domain of my choice. Do I get to link it to the blog address like the following example?

http://blahblah.com/blog1/index.html ==> http://mydomain.com?
__________________
Current Macs: 2012 13" MBA | 2011 27" iMac
Current iOS: iPad 4 cellular 64GB | iPhone 5C 16GB
Retired: PowerBook G4 12" | eMac 700Mhz| iPhone 4S 16GB
kylera is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 28, 2012, 03:00 PM   #2
SrWebDeveloper
macrumors 68000
 
SrWebDeveloper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Alexandria, VA, USA
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kylera View Post
Forgive my ignorance in this. I was provided some free space with which I can set up a blog, and I intend to get a domain to link it to the free space. Basically, I am curious about what happens after payment goes through for a domain of my choice. Do I get to link it to the blog address like the following example?

http://blahblah.com/blog1/index.html ==> http://mydomain.com?
Yep, your new domain replaces the hostname of the current provider.

This assumes it's one of those free hosts which provides free space IF you register a domain through them. Most free hosts do not allow third party domain registration, you do it through their sales department and the domain might even be controlled by them or they'll try to sell you add-on services you don't need.

If so they usually have a control panel or web based area to set it up or they'll handle it all for you.

Please also be informed many operations like that make up revenue by 1) over charing domain registration fees 2) inserting ads in your site 3) poor customer service 4) bad web control panels

You might not care if it's a simple blog - just making sure you're well informed.

If you decide to switch:

If you end up buying a webhosting package which includes web space, domain registration and email usually there is an integrated control panel where you can set things up. The better ones set sensible defaults and all you need to do is configure email and upload your web files.

If you only register a domain and wish to maintain it independent of the webhost, you'll need to use the DNS zone file setup where you configure the zone with the IP adress of your web server, setup any other aliases you want such as ftp, email, etc.

I want to emphasize this is a VERY generic response covering two of the most common situations for newbies. If you need specific help with a webhost or domain registrar in particular, let us know, or use the help features on their own web sites.

Finally, a useful web page to help you understand the "larger view" of how this stuff works, written for those interesting in learning:

http://www.dotservant.com/knowledgebase/domain/
__________________
Jim Goldbloom
Sr. Web Developer, owner GoldTechPro, LLC
http://www.GoldTechPro.com

Last edited by SrWebDeveloper; Dec 28, 2012 at 03:15 PM. Reason: fixed a typo or two
SrWebDeveloper is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Special Interests > Visual Media > Web Design and Development

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Work purchase? jondunford App Store Business, Legal and Marketıng 0 Dec 19, 2013 11:29 AM
iPad Mini: How does Applecare work with online mini purchase? steffi iPad 2 Nov 13, 2013 08:29 PM
New Mini Purchase and Pages update will not work velvetlounger Mac Applications and Mac App Store 2 Dec 6, 2012 08:36 AM
When will @icloud.com email domain begin to work? FogCityMac iCloud and Apple Services 33 Nov 3, 2012 04:00 PM
Safari 6.0 Replacing Domain when Navigating within a Different Domain TenneyThe2nd Mac Applications and Mac App Store 1 Aug 8, 2012 11:32 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:26 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC