Overview: The three legs that hold up your website
There are three things that make a website work on the internet.
I call them the “three legs of a website”:
If your website is missing even one of these legs, it can't stand up:
It can't be seen at all on the web.
Leg 1: domain name registration
A "domain name" is the basic web address. "tibet.net" is a domain name.
"webwalker.to" is a domain name.
Having a domain name is like registering a business name.
Some services give you all three of these
(like Net4India or HostGator). Some give you one or two.
Examples: Register4Less.com (a registrar) gives registration and dns;
TibetBridges.com (a web host) does dns and web hosting;
Tonic.to (a registrar) does registration only.
Keep records of your domain registration, dns, and hosting, including passwords
It is not the job of the technical person to keep these records.
These records belong to the owner of the website.
But why should the owner, or office bookkeeper, or admin, keep the records and passwords?
We don't know about these technical things.
Your registration, dns, and web hosting are not technical things: They are "business" things.
You may not know much about electricity: but your bookkeeper keeps records
of the account and bills. Somebody in the office pays that electricity bill.
You may not know much about construction: but your bookkeeper keeps records
of the rent. Somebody in the office arranges for construction, and knows
who did it.
Your office staff may know how to turn on the lights, and furnish the office,
but the records and payment are the responsibility of office administration.
In the same way, your webmaster may know how to use the hosting and make the website,
but the records (including web host url, login info and payment)
are the responsibility of office administration.