General Internet Information for Businesses
The Internet is usually associated
with one or two services that people understand
somewhat well; the World Wide Web and Internet email.
Neither of these two service requires the Internet
per say, but they both effectively assume Internet
connectivity. As such, the Internet services typically
drive networking, application programming, additional
services, marketing, sales, and pretty much everything
else to do with most businesses. Without the Internet,
a business would be at a serious disadvantage to
compete in today's marketplace. There are some things
about the Internet that most businesses should understand.
If you try and figure out "what is the Internet?",
your embarking on a huge amount of understanding.
There are a few things that pertain to business
that come up that you just need a little foothold
DNS is typically a thing that businesses
run into first and quickly "skim" over.
Why is DNS the first thing?; because it is how you
become "yourcompany.com". The first thing
a business owner wants to do is get his email rolling
typically. If you can communicate with customers,
vendors, or your own employees, then you got a major
problem. A business owner will typically find some
web site hosting company that will "register"
your company name for you, so that it becomes our
own. Web hosting and DNS hosting are two completely
different things, but they are typically joined
together "at the hip", so to speak. Email
hosting is yet another thing that is completely
separate, however, before a business does any of
these, they typically get a "yourcompany.com"
name for the business. The process of making the
name yours and no one elses is called DNS registration.
During the registration process, you have some server
on the Internet tell everyone that that the "registered"
name belongs to your company. The server(s) that
keep the information about the "yourcompany.com"
are called the DNS hosting company. The registration
of your company name is a service from the "registrar"
that you typically pay for in a yearly or bi-yearly
basis. The hosting of your DNS information is a
service that is typically rolled into some web hosting
deal, or rolled in with your Internet service provider (the
guys who connect you to the Internet), or with your
email provider. Any and all of these things can
be separate things and as such can be extremely
difficult for a non-techie to understand. Internet
Access, DNS registration, DNS hosting, Email hosting,
and Website hosting may be all separate service