Dynamic DNS Services
Selecting a domain name hosting service, or registry, can be a daunting task simply because there are so many available vendors competing for the business of new customers. The internet's Domain Name System (DNS) is managed by a non-profit organization known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The authority for overseeing and coordinating the internet DNS has been given to ICANN by the United States government. A website's hosting computer or server is a unique string of numbers separated by periods known as the IP (internet protocol) address or URL. Such strings are impossible to memorize so website owners, through the DNS, select a name that acts as their website's address. That name is then associated with an IP through the selected registry. Internet users are able to access the correct website by entering the name, instead of the IP address, in the browser's address box. In the earlier days of the internet, computers and servers were assigned IP addresses. However, with the proliferation, not only of computers, but also other internet devices such as cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs), a shortage of IP addresses occurred. Though many devices with assigned IP addresses, known in the industry as static IPs, continue to exist, the solution for the shortage is the use of what are known as dynamic IPs. Along with this solution, dynamic dns services have proliferated and consumers can find numerous such companies on the internet.
Many individuals register with a domain name hosting service so that they can have a personal website. Perhaps they want a means for family members, who may live all over the United States, or even somewhere else in the world, to stay in touch with each other. Perhaps the individual is an amateur expert on some particular topic and wants to maintain a website that includes articles, book reviews, photos, and resource information on that subject. Hobbyists and collectors often enjoy sharing their enthusiasm with others. Many clubs and organizations claim a website name for the benefit of members and others with similar interests or concerns. Of course, almost any business owner, no matter how large or small, needs to have an internet presence whether or not she also has a physical retail location. The right name can be vital to increasing one's traffic on the internet. Though many names have already been taken, so the prospective owner will need to be creative in coming up with just the right name for her website. The domain name hosting service will often provide suggestions when the selected one has already been registered with someone else. The Proverbs writer reminds us that: "A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold" (Proverbs 22:1). Most marketers will suggest that the name be easy to remember and easy to spell. No website owner wants visitors to be so frustrated because of odd spellings or other type of weird combinations that they give up finding the site.
With so many people jumping on the internet bandwagon, which only continues to grow, it's easy to see how a shortage of internet protocol addresses came about. Those in charge of allocating the assigned IPs in the internet's early days were in uncharted waters, so to speak. The number of available IPs seemed more than bountiful at the time. Because of this, according to some industry experts, the allocations to certain entities were overly generous. In hindsight, of course, this is much more evident than it was at the time. The designers of dynamic dns services help address the awkward consequences of these earlier decisions. Instead of static IPs, the newer dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) provides a way for IPs to be assigned by host computers as they are needed. As a simple example, most households receive internet connectivity through either a local phone provider or cable company. Neither one of these internet hosting companies has been given enough IPs for each customer to have a static address (one that never changes) on each internet-capable device that the customer possesses (again, not just the home computer, but such additional items as laptops, PDAs, and cellphones). But since every single customer will not be using every single item at the same time, a static address isn't necessary. The hosting company can assign a customer an address from its pool of IPs as needed. This is accomplished through a network address translation (NAT) router which has software that connects the hosting company's public internet connection with the customer's private network. The vendors of dynamic dns services can provide additional information to consumers about NAT routers.
A domain name hosting service provides invaluable assistance to anyone who wants to register a specific web address and create a website. The DNS registrar will not only register the chosen name, but usually offers additional products and services. These almost always include such features as domain renewal, web hosting and design, email capabilities, and ecommerce components, like a shopping cart and the ability to process credit cards. The monthly or annual fees for these services and features vary widely, so consumers will want to do careful research before choosing a registrar. Those consumers who want to host internet applications on their websites will also want to research vendors who provide dynamic dns services. The consumer should keep in mind that he may be limited from hosting some applications by the terms of agreement entered into with a hosting service such as the local phone or cable company. This website owner will need to consider other options, such as a virtual private server arrangement. The selected domain name hosting service may be able to assist with the owner's requirements by also providing dynamic dns services.
Dialup Internet Service ProvidersDialup Internet service providers offer high speed connections for a low price especially in comparison to DSL or cable broadband. Faster connections through dial up Internet service are referred to online as accelerated speed or overdrive. Companies online that offer a dial up connection use software that increases the speed up to 5 times over regular standard service. They offer individuals the capability of linking to another site that will provide an individual with current Internet connection speed.
A standard phone line is required in order to subscribe to dial up Internet service. Other options include an email account, spam filter, anti-virus software, pop-up and ad blocker, and other security tools. Dialup Internet service providers allow subscribers to choose their own browser, startup page, email client, and search engine. Standard plans are charged by a monthly rate with the added option of paying annually at a cheaper rate.
A high speed accelerated Internet connection usually provides nationwide coverage and provides up to 4 email accounts. Overdrive software accelerates the loading of text and graphics on web pages to provide a faster surfing experience. Overdrive accelerator software doesn't usually speedup file downloads, video, or audio streams. It does perform well with email and many other web-based functions. Options include a pop-up blocker and banner ad blocker making surfing faster.
Consider purchasing anti-spyware software since spyware can slow surfing down tremendously. Make sure the anti-spyware software that is purchased provides multiple lines of defense against invaders including the capability of scanning for spyware that is already installed on one's computer. It should also include the function that will prevent new spyware from being installed and catch any installations as they occur. Software should provide the capability of being able to backup and restore in case of an incident. Dialup Internet service providers offer links to sites that offer free anti-spyware that is downloadable. Seek God for wisdom on protecting one's computer from spyware. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5).
Consider the search engine choices provided by service providers. There are different types of search engines online and these are known as primary, secondary, and metasearch. Primary search engines are the best to use when generating a search. Secondary engines include myriads of advertisements. Metasearch engines use a mix of the primary search engines. One thing to consider when using a search engine is to find one that doesn't include spam. The results shouldn't include a lot of advertisements or other searches that tend to send surfers somewhere else.
Factors that can slow down dial up Internet service include text, graphics, connection speed, traffic, and the particular site one is visiting. Another consideration on loading speed may vary depending on the type of modem one is using. The modem is what connects the computer to the phone line. A higher speed modem may increase surfing speed, however, the quality of the phone line one is connected to can also make a difference. It is also wise to look at the bandwidth connection when trying to gain speed through dialup Internet service providers, since higher bandwidth means faster surfing.
A full cache can slow down loading speed through dial up Internet service. It is a good idea to delete temporary Internet files on one's computer from time to time since a full folder will cause speed problems. A cache file is located through a browser and usually includes instructions on how to clear it or delete temporary Internet files. A cache consists of web pages that have been visited, a memory of graphics and text downloaded from a website and provides the benefit of being able to go back and read pages after being disconnected from the Web. Pages stored in the cache will usually load faster and that means improved speed and performance.
Understanding safety when surfing the Web is important. Most viruses infect a computer when applications or documents are opened that are infected. These can come through email attachments and downloaded files. Email attachments can be infected through files or images so use anti-virus software to scan the attachments before they are opened. Dial up Internet service usually includes anti-virus software with features. It is best not to send personal information through email, especially credit card information. When shopping online do business with a site that uses encryption to encode credit card numbers. If the site doesn't offer encryption then call the order in over the phone.
Some dialup Internet service providers offer a free trial period to try their service. Most providers are not restricted by the operating system that is used. There are many companies that offer dial up connections so do some research online by doing comparisons based upon speed and price. Be certain that the service of choice provides customer service and technical support to take care of any problems or issues that may arise.