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Tips on getting an internet address

Posted in Articles, My publications, Technology by Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli on March 26, 2005

World wide web domaination

An internet address is called a domain; an example is “doctors.net.uk” or “bmj.com”. Different prefixes give different functions. An example of a web address is “www.bmj.com“, and an email address is “
<!–
var prefix = ‘ma’ + ‘il’ + ‘to’;
var path = ‘hr’ + ‘ef’ + ‘=’;
var addy5978 = ‘mohammad’ + ‘@’ + ‘doctors’ + ‘.’ + ‘net’;
document.write( ‘<a ‘ + path + ‘\” + prefix + ‘:’ + addy5978 + ‘\’>’ + addy5978 + ‘</a>’ );
//–>
mohammad@doctors.netThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it”. Web addresses allow others to find you on the internet and are great for providing information for your patients and colleagues.

What’s in a name?

Choose a simple name that others can remember, or even guess. The name should be associated with, or describe, your organisation. Avoid abbreviations if you can.

A happy ending

You have several choices for the end of your web address. A “.com” implies a company that operates internationally, and “.org.uk” suggests a non-profit organisation that operates in the UK.

Get on the register

To get these addresses you need a domain name seller, who will sell you a name at a yearly rate of less than £30 ($54; Euro 45). Two excellent places to do this are the UK’s Nominet (www.nic.uk), and the American Register (www.register.com); an awful place to do this is the company that provides you with internet access because they usually overcomplicate transferring your address as you switch to another company.

Get advanced

A basic web address forwards all email to your existing email box (which can be free, for example, from hotmail.com) and all web traffic to your existing web space (which can also be free, for example, from Freeserve). The registration process guides you through this.

Companies like bizland.com offer you extras. These include separate email boxes (for example,
<!–
var prefix = ‘ma’ + ‘il’ + ‘to’;
var path = ‘hr’ + ‘ef’ + ‘=’;
var addy79031 = ‘patients’ + ‘@’ + ‘yoursurgery’ + ‘.’ + ‘com’;
document.write( ‘<a ‘ + path + ‘\” + prefix + ‘:’ + addy79031 + ‘\’>’ + addy79031 + ‘</a>’ );
//–>
patients@yoursurgery.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it as well as
<!–
var prefix = ‘ma’ + ‘il’ + ‘to’;
var path = ‘hr’ + ‘ef’ + ‘=’;
var addy6830 = ‘partners’ + ‘@’ + ‘yoursurgery’ + ‘.’ + ‘com’;
document.write( ‘<a ‘ + path + ‘\” + prefix + ‘:’ + addy6830 + ‘\’>’ + addy6830 + ‘</a>’ );
//–>
partners@yoursurgery.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it) and extra web space (if your website has a lot of photos and patient leaflets).

Prices are low and stratified, and you can easily upgrade to the higher cost whenever you need the extra service.

published in the March 26th 2005 issue of the British Medical Journal’s Career Focus

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