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Because many people aren't' familiar with hosting and domain names and because this topic can be a bit confusing, I thought it'd be helpful to include a brief bonus movie where we talk about these topics. Now, the first thing I want to share with you is a link. It's crisorwing.com/hosting. If you navigate to that in your Web browser what you'll find is a couple of different hosting recommendations. The first one is Bluehost, and if you click on the link from this site, it will take you to Bluehost, and this is a really good and affordable hosting company.
The other one is Media Temple, and this is the one to go for if you are looking for something a bit more high-end. Now, you may be thinking "I don't even know what I am looking for. I don't even know how this whole domain name and hosting thing works." Well, let's try on an analogy for size. One of the ways that I like to think of this is I compare it to how cell phone service works. For example, if you want a cell phone, of course, you have to buy the actual device, the hardware, and here we have a cell phone, but it's not really worth anything unless we have a calling plan, and our calling plan will be a certain number of minutes or some kind of an arrangement, right? So, it's these two together which really allows us to have cell phone service and allows us to use a cell phone.
So, how then does this compare to domain names and hosting? Well, you could, in a way, think of your cell phone kind of like a domain name. You can, of course, buy a domain name and not have any hosting. In other words, it's like having in an inert cell phone. You have it, but you can't use it. Well, in order to activate that or to use it what you need to do is to buy a hosting package, and you can think of the calling plan kind of like that. So, whenever you are picking this up, typically it's a good idea to get your domain name and your hosting at the same place.
It just simplifies the overall process. Now, once you have your domain name and hosting, then you can get your information and take advantage of this feature inside of Lightroom, which allows you to upload your photographs directly to your server.
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