many people, the idea of "web services" can be confusing. You may ask,
"If I use an internet service provider to connect to the web, isn't
that all I need?"
you may think of as a single internet service is actually a collection
of different services. One service is the actual connection to the
internet, such as a dial-up internet connection using your phone line.
Electronic mail, or email, is another service. Hosting for a web site
is still another service. You may find that having all these services
available from one provider works fine for you. But you may also find that
you can get more reliable, flexible, and inexpensive services
help you sort out your options, here's a rundown of different web
Internet Service Provider
internet service provider provides a way for you to connect to the
internet, either by dialing up over phone lines using a computer
modem, or using a wireless signal, cable connection, satellite signal,
or other technology.
Smiling Country Web / Business Services is not an internet service
provider, but does provide a variety of other web services.
Electronic Mail (Email)
service provides a way to send and receive messages over the internet.
If you use an email program such as Outlook or Outlook Express, the
messages you send are transferred over the internet to a computer, a
"mail server," that is managed by your email service, then on to its
destination. The mail you receive also goes through the mail server.
If there are problems with your mail server, your mail service can be
interrupted and your messages can even be lost, even though there may
be nothing wrong with your internet connection.
early days of the internet revolution, most internet users relied on
their internet service provider to provide their email service. But
other options are now available. As many small internet service
providers encounter difficulties managing a growing torrent of junk email,
known as "spam," many people who rely on email are looking elsewhere
for reliable, low-cost alternatives.
Smiling Country Web / Business Services can set you up with affordable
email service from a national leader in internet
technology. The service uses the most reliable, state-of-the-art mail
servers and includes the latest in virus and spam protection. The cost
only $20 per year per email account, plus the cost of registering an
internet domain ($35 or less per year). With your own domain, your
email address will NEVER CHANGE, even if you change your internet
registration lets you create a permanent identity on the internet for
your email or for a web site. For example, the
registered domain for Smiling Country Web / Business Services is smilingcountry.com,
That is the internet address of our web site, and the domain used by
our email service. To send mail to our "info" account, you
send it to
email@example.com. That is a permanent address. It won't
change regardless of who we use for our internet service.
use the email service provided by your internet service provider,
then you automatically use the internet service provider's domain.
That's fine if you never change internet service providers. But if
you do, your email address changes, too. Each time you change, you have to notify everyone who sends you email.
By registering your own domain, you only have to notify people once of
your new address, then never have to notify them again.
Smiling Country Web / Business Services can help you register your own
domain. The cost is $35 per year or less
per year for longer-term registration ($66 for two years, $87 for
three years, $115 for five years).
hosting provides storage on a computer connected to the internet for
the pieces, the computer files, that make up your web site. Your web
site designer creates the site, then copies, or "uploads," it to the
computer on the internet that "hosts" the site.
web site can be hosted by your internet service provider or it can
hosted elsewhere. One important consideration is that your web designer
can only use tools and technology that are supported by the
host computer. If your site's host computer has limitations, it can
severely limit what your web designer can do.
Smiling Country Web / Business Services offers a variety of web
hosting options, as well as web site design services. We host our
sites on reliable, state-of-the-art computer servers managed by
Concentric®, featuring a full range of technology support. Our
hosting rates of $19 per month or $174 per year are the lowest in the Methow Valley.