As You Surf The Web

This is how you wow your friends at dinner parties….

As you surf the web- (Reposted from OlderCitizens.com) you will reach a place where no pages exist. This is called an 404 Error . While out surfing somewhere can’t remember where,  I reached this splendid 404 Error


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….can I get a hug? So sad……Next time you get a 404 Error  maybe, just maybe, think of the server!

Now you know what a web server does, it serves web pages, you need also to know about Domain Name Servers or DNS.

Domain Name Servers (DNS) are the Internet’s equivalent of a phone book. They maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

This is necessary because, although domain names are easy for people to remember, computers or machines, access websites based on IP addresses.

Information from all the domain name servers across the Internet are gathered together and housed at the Central Registry. Host companies and Internet Service Providers interact with the Central Registry on a regular schedule to get updated DNS information.

When you type in a web address, e.g., OlderCitizens.com , your Internet Service Provider views the DNS associated with the domain name, translates it into a machine friendly IP address (for example 192.185.108.68 is the IP for OlderCitizens.com) and directs your Internet connection to the correct website.

After you register a new domain name or when you update the DNS servers on your domain name, it usually takes about 12-36 hours for the domain name servers world-wide to be updated and able to access the information. This 36-hour period is referred to as propagation.

Well yes mine are done immediately even if I have to tell a tech to kick start it which i frequently have to. I do it via chat.  I run my own web server through HostGator an excellent company been with them for oooo ages years. I also have my own DNS Domain Name Servers. I have two, ones for back up.

It literally takes minutes to set up a new domain.

Phew it made me sweat: Watch Full Screen.

As you may have guessed I like the blues. I blog about them in snippets and I usually make videos to blues music. However its not all video I take the odd still shot.If you want access to stunning art work join DeviantArt.com Here’s a picture I created its on my deviantart site: Flikr.com is very good too

If you want to create graphics yourself a very good program that I use as my main image editor is Microsoft Expression Design and its available as a free download link ed from my Useful Program page here its so much better than paint. There is also a video to get you started. There are tutorials but just simple stuff like putting text on a picture its very cool. Worth learning though it takes some effort. But be brave you wouldn’t have got here now if you weren’t secretly as tough as old boots.

So : A web server serves web pages; name servers (dns) are a phone book that translates names into numbers; http:// is hyper text transfer protocol that precedes every web page.

If you want to see an example of a blog post  here is probably the best blog post I ever created IMHO  its called:

The O2, Niel Young and Father’s Day 2009

Tell me what you think

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Themes

Twenty Sixteen is a good theme and I recommend it. Go to Appearance then Themes and if its not there type in twenty in the search box. All the twenty family will come up.

themes

themes3Now themes are important its the way your blog looks. The great thing is you can try as many as you like, chop and change, you can preview them first, activate if you like but start off with something fairly clean and simple. We want your content to shine. All the twentys are good. When you finish with this undergraduate stuff (joke) you’ll be ready to join The Big People on the post graduate course 🙂 with your own domain.

Thats all you need to know at the moment…..easy innit :).

OK you have read it once go back and read it again and have a go. From start to finish it took me a week to set up this blog.

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