To answer your questions, the domain name is the name of the company plus the dot net or dot com or dot biz, etc. (Equinedesign.net) One of you registered this name, but you’ve not yet set up a hosting account for it.
The URL (universal resource locator) aka web address is:
http://www.equinedesign.net. Just understand that many people will write this without the http://www., although you’ll need it for links (when you set up your website) and the entire set of characters is, technically speaking, the complete address.
The host, godaddy, will both allow you to purchase/register your domain name, AND create a space for you to host your url (with its multiple pages, a bunch of files located on one or more of the host’s servers, all accesible from anywhere in the world).
As a part of their hosting package, godaddy has determined that most small business owners will want to have about 5 email addresses, and godaddy provides those. You will have an opportunity to decide the letters that precede .net. (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc.)
I urge you to go to the library and get an internet book that is basic and read it asap. These terms will soon make a lot more sense and you’ll be more comfortable with the basics and ready for the next steps.
Email addresses are likened to post office boxes— where people send you mail. You can use, for example, entourage (mac) or outlook (mac and pc) as the software to access your emails.
Then there is an ISP, internet service provider. Think of it as the service (wires, air waves) that connects your computer to the world wide web (all of those sites hosted on a gazillion servers out there).
I used to have AT&T (which means I had DSL) and now I use comcast (which means cable); which works better in a given geographic area varies. Ask other business people in your area who they use. Preferences could vary within a single neighborhood, so be aware of that, too. See if there is an architectural firm, law firm, or a print shop nearby. Those kinds of businesses rely heavily on internet access, and would be a good resource for which services work well in your area.
Btw, another resource you’ll want is a computer tech person— also known as mac or pc “GURU” to help you with your computer issues, which are separate from the web issues, though occasionally they overlap.
Expect to pay this person a few hundred dollars each year for software updates you don’t know how to do yourself, advice on which printer to purchase (this alone is worth its weight in gold—who has time to read a million reviews?), operating system updates, etc., etc.
Love this person like you’d love your pediatrician (if you have kids) or your vet (if you have animals) or your therapist if you do that kind of work.
Ask around for recommendations, then ask around again. I’ve had the same pair for over 15 years. I’m loyal because they care, are capable, resourceful, and smart.
They know which software I use, they know I use a truckload of fonts, and therefore keep up to date on which font management systems are better or worse, remind me to deal with viruses — and which virus package is worthwhile – set me up with adequate back-up protocols, and several other protocols I can’t remember right now — though I follow them to keep all systems firing. Once you’ve found good one(s), bless them, pay them on time and cherish them. These are the folks who will save you in a crisis or better yet, avert the tragedy before it happens.
Note: if you are using pcs (windows), you are particularly susceptible to viruses, and REALLY need to sort out virus protection and back up solutions before you run into trouble.
FYI: when a new operating systems comes out, my gurus don’t advise me to purchase/install it until it’s been out there and tested for a while (and relatively glitch-less). Plus, they send a nifty newsletter with current issues as they come up. I’ve shared this newsletter of notes with others, and gratitude has been expressed. Just ask Keith to sign you up.
Phoebe Bixler (email@example.com) and Keith Eggle (firstname.lastname@example.org), you two are the best, as is Steve Beale (the saint) (email@example.com). Love your computer guru.
Now that they’ve been working with me for years, and know what I know and where I tend to become confused. They will often trouble shoot things for me on the phone. Very valuable service, since things tend to come up out of the blue, while they’re on the way to a client’s office.
Good luck with the new adventure!
Into the depths of computers, isps, hosts and urls… for the first time