Maybe you've been using the Internet for awhile and still get a little confused. Maybe you are totally green but somebody said, “What! you're still not on the web yet?” Let's cover the basics of the lingual and what it means. Then you might either impress someone, or at least keep from appearing uninformed.
No one seems to know, so either is fine. You also don't have to worry about capitalizing, it's better not to. However, the word Internet should always be capitalized. Look at the bright side, at least it's not another acronym like SEO.
The short answer is search engine optimization. This is the process of making your web site get found when relevant search terms are used by search engine users. Since every site owner wants that, the scams and snake oil being peddled as SEO are rampant. The best advice concerning SEO is extreme caution. Find out more about SEO.
This is essentially your starting point. You know it as www.whatever.com. Your domain name is “whatever.” You need to find something that no one else has, then register it before someone else does. It is your unique identity. There are mostly two common domain designations; .com and .net. A third common designation of .org is mostly for non profit organizations. We DO NOT recommend .biz, .info, or other such domains in most cases. A few other words of advice are:
There are numerous contractors to provide this service and all of them deal with a single source called InterNIC. Once your registration is approved, you own worldwide rights to your domain name. Lease is actually a better term, you initially start with 1-10 years, then renew it before it expires. You can anticipate a cost of about $12 per year. You can usually register your domain name through the hosting service you choose (see next section below), but it's a good idea to use separate sources for each service.
What is hosting? Simply put, when you have a web site developed, you will need a hosting service to make it available to all Internet users. This is not the same as an Internet Service Provider (ISP), but many ISP's do provide hosting. ISP's provide access to the Internet itself, hosting makes your web site accessible on the Internet. The quality, service, capabilities and even costs of hosting differ greatly. It is not our purpose here to endorse any particular service or provide a spec sheet for choosing one. Every situation is different, but here are some of the things you need to have addressed in making that decision: