Questions that you should ask a prospective Web host include how much they charge each month, how much they charge for "setup", if they have a money-back guarantee, if they have toll-free or email tech support, what their guaranteed uptime is (the percentage they are actually connected to the Internet serving your files), how much space you have on the server, and how many gigabytes you're allowed to serve each month (then divide this by the total size of all your Web site files to determine how many users you'll be allowed to have).
get a web domain p. 93
There used to be only one company that could register domains. That's no longer the case, and you can often get a better deal by shopping around.
switch to ftp p. 95
Once you switch your blog to your own Web host, your Blogger URL (e.g., knowingbeans.blogspot.com) becomes available to other bloggers.
But I'm afraid I have to admit to a bit of a fabrication here. Because I didn't want to lose the knowingbeans.blogspot.com blog address, I recreated the blog on the sarahs-notecards.com site. Otherwise, readers of earlier chapters would not be able to see the examples on knowingbeans.blogspot.com.
enter ftp settings p. 96
It's completely up to you to decide if you want your blog on your site's home page (http://www.sarahsnotecards.com) or in a subdirectory of that site (http://www.sarahsnotecards.com/beans/). Just be careful you don't tell Blogger to overwrite any existing Web page files you may have.
Despite the caption, it's not true that the entire path must already exist on the server. Only the Web directory (often called WWW or public_html, as here) must already exist. Blogger will create the subfolders for you.
If you use index.html for the Blog Filename, you'll be able to write the Blog URL without the final file name.
If you don't enter your FTP Username and FTP Password, not only will you have to enter it each time you post an entry, but your blog's team members (see Chapter 6) will also have to enter the password in order to post entries. Team members will be able to save drafts of their posts even if they don't have the password.