Advanced Web Design Students: Post affiliate programs you find here.

For bonus grades, post affiliate programs you find here.  Help out your fellow students, by letting them know about programs that you find. Traffic is king.

UPDATE: 4/6/09— As part of the hybrid class, ADV3650 Spring 2009 students must post a comment listing and describing 2 affiliate programs they found and considered for their project site. Tell us how each works, the registration process, and the commission structure for the affiliate program.

What is an ISP?


I wanted to ask you why do we need a ISP service?  What does ISP service mean?  Is godaddy or kionic an ISP service?  Is godaddy the same thing is kionic??  And I was wondering do we have to sign up with kionic or could I sign up with godaddy instead kionic?


An ISP is an Internet Service Provider. Both Godaddy and Kionic are ISPs. ISPs host your website, and offer software and services, such as email accounts, spam filtering software, and blog software support. We will be implementing these in the course. The packages that each ISP offers will differ in terms of price, services, and quality of customer care offered.
I am currently recommending Kionic for multiple reasons. I have used them for a number of years, and I find their quality of service is very good and consistent. The price that they offer is quite competitive. And I am creating a relationship with them for us as a group, so if we as a class run into problems, they will work quickly to fix those difficulties. Should their services be unsatisfactory, either individually or as a group, it allows you/us to go elsewhere.
You can sign up with any ISP of your choosing.  The school also offers server space to students. I will be teaching the course based on the services that I know Kionic offers.  Particularly, they offer easy-install WordPress, which is blogging software.  If you choose another ISP and have technical difficulties implementing blogging software, or email accounts, for instance, my ability to solve your problems will be limited.  It will be your account, and the other company may not be as responsive to your technical difficulties. I will not have any influence to step in on your behalf.
One of the goals of the course is to offer real world experiences in all aspects of web design. Managing a vendor, like an ISP, and implementing technology through an administrator interface are an important experiences. They will be great talking points when you are interviewing for a job at a small, medium, or large company, or if you decide to run your own design firm.

Domain Name Search

When searching for an available domain name through a domain registration service there is the risk that your chosen url will be snatched up by a domainer if you wait to purchase it.  Domainers are those individuals or companies who buy and park urls with the hope that others wanting a specific url will pay a premium for them. Many domain registration companies track url searches on their site, and sell that information to domainers.

Here is a way you can find out whether a domain is available without domainers knowing that you are interested in a specific url. It gives you a little time to think carefully about which names you prefer.

On your Mac, go into Applications/Utilities/Network

Launch the Network Utility application, and select the Whois tab.

In the first input textbox, type in the domain name you are searching for. Make sure is selected in the dropdown list of the second textbox. Click on the blue Whois button (on the right) to start the search.  This search may take a minute or so.

The results will indicate whether the domain name you were searching for is available to be registered, or if someone else has already registered it.