I see some folks here are not happy with this piece, but as a struggling writer who knows NOTHING about this stuff and is trying to put up a rudimentary web site, I'm glad for the info, and thank you.
You are more than welcome. I suspect that the chronic whiners and complainers are probably either web designers or IT priests who have a vested interest in keeping this information FOR THEIR EYES ONLY!
I use these, and I think they are as cheap as you will find:
$1.95/month web hosting at http://www.geekhosting.com.
$8.95/year or less domain name registration at http://godaddy.com.
Since domain names were mentioned I will give you some suggestions.
First of all you may get a static web IP address for your website let's say it is http://126.96.36.199. If a person put this into the address bar above where http://www.freerepublic.com/etc bla blah blah is appearing on your screen right now, it would bring people to your website
You might also get a dynamic IP address like dkwolf.web.yourwebhost.com winch would also bring people directly to your website.
You do not need a domain name to operate a website on the internet.
again..You do not need a domain name to operate a website on the internet.
Either the static or dynamic IP address mentioned above will bring up your website. But remembering and telling people your static numerical or wordy dynamic address is inconvient,and hard to remember.
A domain name name such as Darkwolf.com or .net or .org etc. might be something you like. But you have to check and make sure it is available from your domain name server.
Make sure you, and not the web host, own the domain name . Some webhosts will get you the domain name as part of a deal. If you decide to leave they may keep the name for themselves. Or if you had words over their poor service they might be slow in getting it to you when you leave. If you own the name you can move around freely.
Marking. . .