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Setting it up:
Here, we will explain how to set up a website from scratch like a cooking book.


  • Your Website Files.
  • A Domain Name
  • A Webhost (Either free or paid)
  • An FTP program

Your Website Files:
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A Domain Name:
A domain name is a url that people can type into their browser to access a site. It is best to have an easy-to-remember domain name. Prices of domain names have dropped in recent years to an affordable level. As a result, good domain names are running out fast. You are strongly advised to secure your domain name as early as you can. A domain registrar is a company where you can register your domain name for your website.

A Webhost:
After you get your domain name registered, you need to get a webhost so that you can put your website files onto it.

An FTP Program:
Any FTP programs can be used to upload your site to your webhost's server. If you do not have a FTP program, you can try to find one at http://www.download.com

Cooking it all together

Now that you have got the ingredients ready, lets proceed with the cooking!

Step 1:
Ask your webhost for your DNS (Domain Name Server). You should be provided with them when you sign up with your webhost. If not, send them an email.
You should get two DNS; a Primary DNS and a Secondary DNS. The paid should be something like (NS1.SOMETHING.COM, NS2.SOMETHING.com)
Note: A DNS may not always end with .com. It can also end with .NET or .ORG depending on the webhost.

Step 2:
Armed with your primary and secondary DNS, go the the registrar's website where you registered your domain name. Look for a place to enter your own DNS records. There could be fields for up to 4 DNS entries, but you only need to enter the first two, with your primary DNS in the first and the secondary DNS on the second.

Step 3.
Your webhost should provide you with an FTP server address, a login name and a password. The password ensures that only you are able to upload files to your website. (You don't want anyone else to be able to do that).
Usually, the FTP address is something like ftp://ftp.yoursite.com.
Most FTP programs put in the ftp:// automatically, so you only need to enter the FTP server name. In that case, just enter ftp.yoursite.com in the server name field.
There should also be a place to enter your login name and password so that the server can authenticate that you are authorised to upload to your server space.

That's it!

After you have uploaded the files to your server, your website is live!
When people type your domain name in their browser, the DNS that you gave to your registrar points their browser to your webhost where you files are uploaded to. As a result, they sees your website!


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