Fresh Fruits for Good Health

The ancient Indian system of medicine and natural living, Ayurveda, considers fruits vitally important in maintaining health. Ayurveda suggests eating fruit daily in the morning for most benefit. Living in Bali we are lucky to have access to an abundance of rich, life-giving tropical, and non-tropical fruits. All fruits contain lots of vitamins and minerals to boost the immune system and prevent sickness. They also all contain natural sugars which provide the body with a fast supply of energy, balancing blood sugar.

Incorporate fruits into your diet in their whole form and as juices. Don’t forget though that juices, whilst full of vitamins and minerals, are missing the beneficial fibre of a whole fruit, which lessens their beneficial effects on the digestive system. Try to get your kids to snack on fruits instead of cakes or biscuits. You can of course over-eat fruits, as they contain a lot of natural sugars, you should eat in moderation. Two serves of whole fruit (size depends upon the fruit being eaten) and a single serve (250mls) of juice per day is a good amount as part of a balanced diet.

Each fruit also has its’ own specific healing action on the body, listed below.

The humble apple is known as the “broom” to naturopaths due to its’ ability to sweep through the intestines, cleansing as it goes. A great choice for a mono-fruit cleanse, this sweeping action of apples is due to the large amount of soluble fibre they contain in the form of pectin. Pectin is also understood to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood. Don’t forget the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

Long believed to be an aphrodisiac, the banana contains high amounts of potassium for muscle function. If the banana is very ripe it will contain a lot of sugars for a fast energy boost. Slightly less ripe bananas have good amounts of carbohydrates for slower release energy.

Cranberries are known for their healing effect on the urinary tract, and are high in potassium as well as vitamin C. They are anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Blueberries help to combat gastro-intestinal infections. Raspberries cleanse and detoxify the digestive system, as well as providing folate and fibre. Strawberries neutralize plaque so are a wonderful fruit for your kids to eat, cleaning teeth as they go and preventing decay. All berries contain bioflavonoids which strengthen veins, arteries and capilliaries.

A true superfood, coconuts provide food and water. Coconut water is a perfectly balanced isotonic fluid, passing easily into the bloodstream with minimal or no processing, purifying and providing electrolytes as it goes. It has a diuretic effect thus flushing the kidneys and balancing mineral levels. Coconut flesh is highly nutritious providing protein, calcium, magnesium and potassium in significant quantities. It nourishes the whole body, especially the nervous system. The Balinese are right to suggest pregnant women should have a coconut every day, although in fact, everyone could benefit from this advice, pregnant or not.

Having a slightly laxative effect on the body, grapes help to prevent constipation and keep you regular. They also cool the body so grape juice is wonderful on a hot day. Red grapes also help to build up the blood and are good for those with anaemia or red blood cell deficiencies. Due to their high glycaemic index they replenish energy fast and reduce food cravings by balancing blood sugar levels.

One fruit piece contains more than the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C which is necessary for the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein which maintains healthy skin, teeth and cartilage.

Soothes the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines and is considered by Ayurveda to have rejuvenative properties. High in beta-carotene, a powerful anti-oxidant which eliminates free radicals from the body. Contains significant amounts of Vitamin C. Has a high glycaemic index so giving a fast supply of energy.

The high amounts of water in all melons mean they are cooling for the body and also flush out all systems. They also contain lots of sodium and potassium to re-balance mineral levels, particularly if you are dehydrated.

High amounts of Vitamin C which is vital for, amongst other functions, allowing the body to utilize iron. This is why it is suggested to those who take iron supplements to wash them down with a glass of orange juice.

Chock-full of the anti-oxidant beta-carotene which gives it its’ beautiful orange colour and scavenges free radicals, negating their effects. Containing the digestive enzyme, papain, this fruit aids digestion. It also has a high glycaemic index so gives the body energy quickly.

Pineapple has appetite-supressing enzymes so is great for those who are trying to sensibly lose weight by increasing their fresh fruit and vegetable quota and cutting out junk foods. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which is anti-inflammatory and helps to repair damaged tissue caused by micro-tears during sports.

Do Balinese go on Holiday?…..

To an outsider it may seem that Balinese life is just like one big holiday. “Life’s a beach (literally, I suppose, in the likes of Kuta, Sanur and the like) for the Balinese – they seem to be forever enjoying themselves with ceremonies and celebration, and I always see people sitting idly on the roadside…” the tourists cry, half drooling with envy.

Even under the pressures of survival in the tourism-based economy, the Balinese are highly skilled in the art of cruising through life, preferring “adeng-adeng” (slowly, slowly) to rushing and forcing things to happen. Where they can, Balinese will avoid stressing themselves out with overwork in a constant attempt to accumulate wealth, as most of us do in the West. Since Balinese put religion and the community first before personal monetary gain, working 50-hour weeks as many of us do is less important. At the other end of the scale, people don’t take time off for pure r ‘n’ r as we know it.

The Balinese are simply too busy with their complex Çaka (Bali-Hindu) religious calendar to take time out for a designated ‘break away from it all’. Rarely a day goes by where my wife’s family is not preparing for some particular impending religious ritual. This is particular true for my grandmother who is a lay-priestess – every day is a flowing stream of prayers, rituals, ceremonies and anticipation of all of the above.

In fact, a deliberate, planned holiday break for sunbathing and spa treatments is as confounding to the average Balinese as the constant stream of offerings, devotion and ceremonies is to the average visitor to the island. This is not to say that family members don’t spend time with each other outside of their own community. Where do they go and what do they do? More sociological mysteries unravelled in the next issue of Kulture Kid…

You tourists who come to Bali purely for sun, sex, shopping and slosh – the cringe-worthy, sunburnt, hair-braided, whining, alcoholic ‘muppets’ who always end up sitting next to me on international flights – I forgive you for not realising that this wonderful island is actually home to an indigenous people with glorious cultural traditions. But only because your eyes aren’t trained to stray any further than the top of a beer can…

And without getting into the details of how blatantly different (and utterly valid, I might add) cultures, and hence mindsets and world-views, are across this planet, the way Balinese ‘holiday’ themselves and the way you ‘holiday’ yourselves are not likely to be the same.

So where do Balinese go to ‘get away’ once in a while? Beaches and picnic areas, especially the botanical gardens at Bedugul are favorite destinations, but staying overnight is almost unheard of, except perhaps with family who may happen to live in the area. Couples may be seen gingerly holding hands and cuddling, but never getting into gratuitous PDA as may be considered the norm in our home countries. Sunbathing, except for health reasons, and parading around in bikinis and thongs is definitely not the lingua franca of the Balinese beach break. People modestly swim in t-shirts and shorts and there is no showing off of the ‘body beautiful’ à la our beaches back home. Popular holiday food is grilled corn basted with chilli sauce and sweet glutinous rice cakes. Beer is not on the menu on any Balinese holiday bash.

Any ‘holiday’ longer than a day will be focussed around religious pilgrimages. Top-of-the list Bali-Hindu missions include Semeru, Bromo and the large temple in Jakarta. Most people will go by bus; however the wealthy will fly, some even making the ultimate Hindu pilgrimage: India.

Overseas holidays are reserved for the super-rich and probably not on the wish-list of the average Balinese, since their way of thinking still very much revolves around the community. Anyway, if everyone was going overseas for holidays all the time, who would run all the ceremonies?

Mp3 File Utilities

Ok, you’re finally feeling good about your music collection. It took you awhile but finally you have entered the 21st Century and now have all your music on your computer hard drive as MP3s! Congratulations. It’s great because now you can do searches for things like “love”; or “birthday”; or “rain” and find all the songs that have those words in them and create playlists. Maybe you’re thinking there are other things you can do. Easier things. More powerful things.

So today I have a list many FREE software titles that can help. So let’s get started. Let’s start with music players:

Part I – Audio Players

The default audio player software on your Windows is probably not enough, when it comes to extensive features and customizability. Here’s a pick of the best media players that can let you sort through and efficiently play most audio formats on your Windows computer:

1 VLC Player – It’s more light on resources that you would imagine. VLC is a very versatile player – throw any odd format, and it plays them for you instantly (FLV included) (

2 Winamp – Winamp has its own fans, it’s customizable to a large extent and can come as a great saver. If you listen to music every other day, you need to have Winamp installed. ( A similar player is Jet Audio (

3 Songbird – A feature rich application that has great looks, go for it if your Windows computer has got some memory to spare. You can customize it by adding extensions (similar to Firefox) (

Part II – Organizers & Jukeboxes

Jukeboxes are music software that come with amazing capabilities. Go for them if you have huge music collections scattered all around – not just in your computer, but also in audio CDs.

1 Media Monkey – The best piece of software out there that you’ll love using. Tag editor, format converter, CD recording, iPod support, you name it – it’s got all the tools that squeeze the best from your tracks.

2 J River Media Jukebox – Very pretty, has good features. And might serve as a good jukebox.

3 MP3 Tagger – The best ID3 tagger out there in the market, that’s free as well. (

4 Magic MP3 Tagger – One other little tool that you can make use of to tag your music collection. If your music is incorrectly being tagged, this tool can set things right by tagging your MP3 files. There’s a big database that this magic tagger accesses, and not a single file can be left out untagged.

Part III- Rippers, Converters

For when you want to copy new CDs to your hard drive.

1 Audio Grabber – Fantastic audio ripping software, with FreeDB tagging support included, I bought it back when it wasn’t free, but now it is. Another similar ripper is FreeRip. (

Part IV – Audio Editors

Trust me, as far as I know, there’s no free editor as much capable as the professional ones out there. But still if you’d like to do some basic recording and effects, you could try these:

1 Audacity – Open Source, and is very light weight. (

2 Wavosaur – Comes with no installer, and is a single exe file that does the job. Supports WAV format

Part V – Other

1 – A social networking site for audiophiles out there. Listen, get interesting tracks based on what you’ve played, and add friends! (

2 Tunatic – A song is playing on your head, but you just can’t get it’s title right? Then download this, install, hum the song through your mic and let Tunatic locate info on the song for you! Quite cool! (

3 Audio Files GDS Indexer – Google Desktop Plugin – Install this one if you have got Google Desktop installed. Adds a bunch of functionality to the Desktop Spider to make it more friendlier towards Audio files.

International Triathlon… a Lombok first!

Lombok is gearing up to host its first-ever International Triathlon next month. The event will be held over the weekend of 27 and 28 October, and is slated to become an important annual sporting fixture for the island.

The Lombok Triathlon comprises a 1.8 km swim, a 55 km bike ride and a 12 km run. The swim will take place in Senggigi Bay, off the beach in front of The Santosa. Event organisers chose the Bay, as the waters are naturally calm and the wide beachfront enables ease of viewing for spectators. After the swim, participants will have a chance to towel off and change clothes before embarking on a gruelling bike ride up the coast road north of Senggigi. Anyone who has driven the steep hills and hair-pin corners of this road will understand the level of fitness required to conquer this track!

At Pemenang, the cyclists will turn onto the road through the Pusuk Pass to tackle the challenging twists and turns through the Monkey Forest Road and the tropical forest. The course then continues through Gunungsari and Meninting, before returning to Senggigi. The Sheraton Senggigi Resort is the major sponsor for the event, and all start and finish points will be within the beautiful grounds of the Resort.

Finally, the fittest survivors will finish up with a 12 km run which travels north from the Sheraton and circumnavigates the beachfront at Kerandangan. It’s a compact 6 km course that allows for maximum spectator viewing, but has to be completed twice to make up the distance. The shaded coconut grove lining the beach should give some respite to participants, but there are a couple of steep hills to be negotiated before and after!

Triathlon organisers, TRIBOB, expect this year’s event to be limited in numbers to around one hundred participants, but estimate this figure will grow substantially in future years. The triathlon specialists have organised similar events in Bintan, Indonesia, as well as Malaysia and Vietnam previously, and have enjoyed great success on the international circuit, with this year’s event in Bintan attracting over 1000 participants.

When TRIBOB Race Division Manager, Matthe Vijverberg, and his team first came to Lombok, they thought the island was very beautiful and immediately recognised its great potential as a triathlon venue. With little traffic on the major coastal road and stunning natural landscapes, they decided Lombok would be their next choice for a triathlon destination. “We want to bring people to Lombok for the event, and also to show people what a special venue this is,” he said.

The Governor and local government agencies have also thrown their support behind this inaugural Lombok Triathlon. The Department of Tourism is working closely with the Lombok Hotels Association, the local Police Department, the Public Works Department, the Navy and even Customs officials, to ensure that the event goes smoothly. Navy personnel will be on hand during the swim in case of emergencies, the police will coordinate closure of roads and traffic control during the bike ride and run, and Customs will make special provisions for triathletes travelling into Lombok with racing bikes and equipment. The enthusiasm and cooperation demonstrated by the Lombok government, as well as TRIBOB and the Lombok Hotels Association, is truly commendable.

Perhaps the most noticeable benefit to Lombok as a result of the Triathlon is the long-awaited upgrading of the main road that runs along the coast north of Senggigi, and is the main artery to the north and to the Gili islands. Over the past few months, Public Works has carried out major upgrades to the road, repairing potholes and bad patches, and in some cases, resurfacing the bitumen in preparation for the biking event. The road is now a pleasure to drive on and will be much safer for triathlon participants. Much of the scrub and bushes that had grown rampant on the roadsides has been cleared and, at the turn of each corner, travellers are presented with magnificent views of the numerous stunning beaches and bays that make up this section of Lombok coastline.

Personally, I think the Triathlon is a great idea for Lombok as a destination… but I’ll also be cheeky and say that, if it keeps one of my favourite drives up the coast looking this good every year, it’s already a winner!

Climbing Rinjani… Lombok’s Sacred Volcano

Lombok is home to many natural attractions, most notably the world famous volcano, Mt Rinjani, located on the north of the island. Rinjani soars 3726m above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, annually attracting thousands of trekkers and climbers to Lombok.

Particularly at this time of the year, during the European holidays and Lombok’s “high season”, visitors from around the world come to Lombok to climb Gunung Rinjani; either to its awe-inspiring crater lake, or to the demanding summit with its panoramic views across the waters to Gunung Agung, Bali’s famous sister volcano. “Gunung” is Bahasa Indonesia for “mountain”.

The two volcanoes create a visual connection for Balinese Hindus living on Lombok and, historically and culturally, Gunung Rinjani has important significance to Lombok Sasaks and Balinese, Muslim and Hindu alike, and is considered a “Home of the Gods”. Pilgrimages are often made to the mountain, and many people visit the volcano to pray, and bathe in the pools and hot springs, which are said to have healing powers.

The huge caldera near the top of the volcano is around 4 kms wide and is almost filled by a beautiful crescent-shaped lake, Danau Segara Anak (Child of the Sea). The lake is around 230m deep and contains plentiful fish, as well as being home to birds and other wildlife.

A smaller volcanic cone, Gunung Baru Jari, was formed a couple of hundred years ago and juts from the crater’s interior at the edge of the lake. It’s been estimated that the force needed to create the new cone and the lake would have been equal to around 300 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs. There are a number of caves, small waterfalls and hot springs located around the volcano, most importantly Aik Kalak on the northeast of the crater, where the volcanically heated waters are said to cure illnesses, particularly skin diseases.

The northern gateway to the Rinjani National Park, at Senaru, is a pretty village set in lovely scenery with fantastic views of the mountain range. The Rinjani National Park is a nature reserve of 41 330 hectares surrounding the volcano and provides many opportunities for eco-tourism. The whole area is picturesque, featuring magnificent waterfalls, lush and accessible jungle trekking, and traditional villages, with plantations of tobacco and cashew nuts, grown alongside verdant rice terraces.

Native wildlife, including monkeys and tropical birds, live in the surrounding jungle, as well as abundant varieties of tropical plants and flowers. The Sendang Gile waterfall at Senaru is amongst Lombok’s most spectacular. Sheets of thundering water cascade in a steep vertical drop down the hillside, into a rocky stream below.

Senaru is the usual starting point for climbing Gunung Rinjani. Other options, for a slightly shorter route to the summit, are Sembalun Lawang and Sembalun Bumbung to the northeast. Both are rustic mountain villages, with basic home-stays available and experienced tour centres that can organise your trek.

In 2004 the Rinjani Trek won the World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship and the volcano is recognised internationally as an important eco-tourism destination. The Rinjani Trek, funded by the New Zealand government, set up a series of programmes that involve the local communities and guides, for climbing the volcano and for trekking in the National Park – ensuring better management and safety for trekkers. However, it is always prudent to use an authorised guide, deal with a reputable trekking business and carry as few valuables as possible with you.

There are a variety of different options for climbing Gunung Rinjani. Two day, one night treks are the shortest available, taking visitors to the crater rim, to view the wide crater and the emerald green lake within. However the most popular is the three day, two night trek which allows trekkers to climb down into the lake district and enjoy a soak in the hot springs. It takes three to four days to reach the summit of the volcano, a demanding climb with magnificent views from the highest point on Lombok – taking in the vista of the surrounding mountain range, the lush green landscape below, and the ocean to the west studded with the Gili islands and Bali floating in the distance.

Trekking on the volcano is not for everyone. A certain level of fitness is needed for those intending the three and four day treks and climbing to the summit is particularly strenuous. Time magazine, who featured the volcano in 2001, described climbing Rinjani as “difficult, treacherous and extremely worthwhile”. Altitudes of over 2700 m are reached in all these treks and, even on the equator, night time temperatures can be very cold, with strong winds and occasional rain.

The best time to climb Gunung Rinjani is in the dry season from around April to October, or before the rainy season starts. The sunny days and cooler temperatures make this time of the year the most comfortable for climbing, and enable the clearest views of the stunning scenery both on and around the mountain.

Tips for Trekking
Treks can be organised at tour offices in Senggigi, Senaru, Sembalun Lawang and Sembalun Bumbung. Typical treks include an experienced guide, porters to carry equipment, water, food and cooking utensils, and tents and sleeping bags.
Always use a reputable trekking business and check that they have facilities to cope with emergencies.
Never wander away on your own, even if you’re an experienced climber. A number of deaths and injuries have occurred on the mountain. Loose shale and unstable surfaces are hazards.
Use good quality, comfortable shoes and take a walking stick to help with the inclines.
Make sure you have a warm jacket and enough clothes – it’s cold on the mountain
Check that your trekking company is supplying sleeping bags and blankets.
Don’t try to save money by trekking on your own or using unauthorised guides. Licensed guides will have identification, and are experienced to handle your trek and the conditions on the mountain.
Don’t take passports or carry valuables
that aren’t essential to your trek.
Please respect this natural wonder. Don’t litter or leave anything on the mountain, except your footprints.

Belajar Membuat Website dengan Blog WordPress

Belajar Membuat Website dengan Blog WordPress

Langkah-Langkah Belajar Membuat Website dengan Blog WordPress adalah

1. Anda login di cpanel hosting Anda, dengan alamat Kemudian masukkan username dan password yang diberikan oleh hosting Anda.

Pada cpanel hosting Anda biasanya sudah tersedia video yang akan memandu Anda dalam menggunakan fasilitas di cpanel dengan baik. Lebih baik Anda belajar melalui video tersebut.

2. Pada Cpanel Hosting Anda, Anda klik icon “Fantastico”

3. Kemudian akan ditampilkan daftar software open source yang bisa digunakan. Fantastico merupakan program yang membantu proses penginstallan software dengan mudah. Hanya dengan mengisi data dan mengikuti langkah-langkah yang sudah disediakan, seperti yang akan dijelaskan dalam tutorial belajar membuat website dengan blog wordpress ini. Anda Pilih WordPress.

4. Selanjutnya klik “New Installation”.

5. Dilanjutkan dengan mengisi data untuk tempat penginstallan blog wordpress. Bila Anda ingin menginstall blog wordpress pada directory utama di, Anda kosongkan kolom “Install in directory”. Tetapi bila Anda ingin menginstall pada subdomain Anda, Anda masukkan nama subdomain folder yang akan digunakan.

6. Klik “finish installation” untuk menyelesaikan proses penginstallan blog worpress.


Selanjutnya Anda dapat login ke halaman admin area website blog wordpress Anda dan mengedit isi maupun tampilan blog Anda.

How To Make Website

I. Tujuan Membuat Website…

Dalam membuat sebuah website ada beberapa hal yang perlu Anda persiapkan sebelum Anda memulainya.

Pertama, Anda bisa mengajukan sebuah pertanyaan kepada diri Anda sendiri yaitu “Apa tujuan Saya membuat website?” dengan menjawab pertanyaan tersebut dapat mengarahkan pikiran Anda untuk menentukan dan menjawab pertanyaan selanjutnya yaitu, “Website seperti apa yang akan saya buat untuk mencapai tujuan tersebut dan bagaimana cara membuat websitenya.”

Mengapa dimulai dengan mengajukan pertanyaan tersebut? Karena diharapkan nantinya website yang kita buat sesuai dengan yang kita inginkan dan bisa membawa kita mencapai tujuan yang kita inginkan dalam membuat website. Jangan sampai website sudah selesai Anda buat tetapi website yang Anda buat tidak sesuai dan tidak bisa menjadi media atau sarana untuk mencapai tujuan Anda.

Perlu Anda ketahui, jenis website itu bermacam-macam, ada yang hanya satu halaman sederhana saja seperti website ini, ada yang memuat beberapa halaman seperti website perusahaan, ada yang menggunakan sistem blog dan sering disebut juga blog atau weblog (website blog), ada yang menggunakan sistem CMS (Content Management System) seperti joomla, ada yang berupa forum diskusi, ada yang berupa website iklan baris, ada yang berupa website toko online dan ada yang lebih kompleks lagi seperti website komunitas friendster.

Anda perlu memulainya dengan menjawab pertanyaan-pertanyaan tersebut sebelum Anda membuat website. Sehingga nanti Anda bisa memutuskan website seperti apa yang paling cocok dan sesuai untuk mencapai tujuan Anda. Karena masing-masing jenis website yang saya sampaikan diatas memiliki fungsi yang berbeda-beda.

Contoh bila Anda ingin menjual berbagai macam produk, Anda membuat website toko online; bila Anda ingin menjual satu jenis produk saja bisa dengan satu halaman sederhana saja atau lengkap dengan menggunakan sistem pemesanannya; bila Anda ingin membuat website portal Anda bisa menggunakan Joomla; bila Anda ingin membangun branding dan mempublikasikan artikel bisa menggunakan blog; dan lain-lainnya.

Jadi bisa saya rangkumkan 3 pertanyaan tersebut yaitu:

Apa tujuan Saya membuat website?
Website seperti apa yang akan saya buat untuk mencapai tujuan tersebut?
Bagaimana cara membuat website tersebut?

Tuliskanlah jawaban tersebut dalam selembar kertas, dan jabarkanlah sedetail mungkin, bila perlu Anda bisa membuat sketsa website yang Anda inginkan atau bila Anda tidak memiliki gambaran sama sekali, Anda bisa googling (search) di internet untuk melihat-lihat website-website yang sudah ada.

Anda googling dengan topik tertentu sesuai dengan website seperti apa yang akan Anda buat, sehingga Anda bisa mengecek website-website lainnya menggunakan software website jenis seperti apa? Anda bisa menirunya, meniru BUKAN berarti Anda mengcopy isinya, tapi Anda meniru jenis websitenya (software website yang digunakan untuk membuat website tersebut).

Anda bisa googling di

Search Engine Google.

Setelah Anda memilih jenis website, bisa Anda pelajari dan telururi, apakah ada software website yang tersedia untuk membuat jenis website tersebut. Saat ini banyak software website yang sudah jadi, dan tinggal Anda gunakan.

Anda tidak perlu membuatnya dari dasar (awal) dan tidak perlu paham mengenai programming. Anda tinggal menginstalnya dan memasukkan data-data untuk website Anda.

Tentunya Anda harus mengikuti lisensi penggunaan software website tersebut, karena ada yang menjualnya dan ada juga yang menyediakannya secara open source yang bisa digunakan secara gratis dengan syarat tertentu. Syarat penggunaan pada umumnya yaitu Anda diharuskan tetap mencantumkan link ke official website pembuat software tersebut.

Dan pada tahap pertama ini, Anda harus sudah menentukan tujuan Anda dalam website dan website seperti apa yang Anda inginkan.


II. Persiapan Belajar Membuat Website…

Untuk membuat website ada 3 bagian utama yang perlu Anda pahami yaitu:

belajar Domain
membuat Hosting
website Software Website

II.1 Domain

Domain adalah nama atau alamat dari sebuah website. Di Internet, setiap orang harus mengetikkan sebuah nama domain untuk bisa membuka dan membaca isi dari sebuah website. Dalam hal ini, peranan pemilihan nama domain cukup penting untuk membedakan website Anda dengan website orang lain.

Domain ini terdiri dari nama domain dan extension. Contoh, blogbisnisinternet adalah nama domain dan .com adalah extensionnya. Extension biasanya mewakili untuk kategori tertentu seperti .com untuk keperlukan komersial, .net untuk keperluan jaringan, .org untuk keperluan website nonkomersial, dan lain-lainnya.

Extension bermacam-macam, bisa berupa TLD (Top Level Domain) seperti .com, .net, .org atau ada juga yang berupa cTLD (country Top Level Domain) seperti, dimana id mewakili domain negera Indonesia.

Untuk memilih nama domain Anda bisa menggunakan website yang menyediakan jasa registrasi nama domain atau dengan menggunakan software domain tools untuk membantu memilih nama domain untuk website Anda.

Bila Anda mengunakan website yang menyediakan jasa registrasi nama domain, contohnya, Anda tinggal masukkan nama domain yang Anda sukai untuk mengecek apakah masih tersedia atau tidak .

Anda buka dan masukkan nama doman dan extension yang Anda pilih.Bila masih tersedia, Anda bisa melakukan registrasi nama domain tersebut.

domain hosting murah

Usahakan untuk memilih nama domain dengan extension .com karena lebih umum dan lebih banyak dikenal orang. Registrasi domain ini akan dilakukan pertahun, setahun sekali Anda harus membayar biaya registrasi domain tersebut bila Anda ingin tetap memiliki dan menggunakannya.

Dan bila Anda tidak melakukan perpanjangan registrasi untuk tahun berikutnya, maka setelah domain Anda expired, domain tersebut akan terbuka kembali untuk umum sehingga orang lain bisa mendaftarkan dan menggunakannya.

Bila Anda tidak memiliki bayangan untuk nama domain Anda, Anda bisa menggunakan domain tools untuk membantu Anda memberikan saran nama domain yang bisa Anda gunakan. Anda buka dan pilih Tabs “Suggestions”. Dan masukkan kata-kata yang akan Anda gunakan dalam nama domain Anda. Anda bisa memasukan lebih dari satu kata dan dipisahkan dengan tanda (,).

domain tools

Dan dari ini, Anda bisa menggunakan fasilitas lainnya seputar domain.

Tips dalam memilih nama domain antara lain:

1. Pilih nama domain yang simpel dan mudah diingat
2. Pilih nama domain yang sesuai dengan mewakili isi dan tujuan dari website Anda, untuk mempermudah orang mengingat nama domain atau alamat website Anda nantinya.
3. Bila Anda menggunakan nama domain yang panjang, usahakan menggunakan nama domain yang berisi kata-kata yang umum, sehingga menghidari untuk kesalahan dalam menuliskan nama domain.
4. Anda bisa menggunakan tanda (-) bila Anda mau.
5. Usahakan pilih domain .com
6. Anda bisa mengikut sertakan keyword dalam nama domain Anda untuk membantu proses SEO (search engine optimization), agar website Anda tampil di search engine dengan posisi lebih atas.

Pada langkah ini, Anda sudah mendapatkan nama domain untuk website Anda.

II.2 Hosting

Hosting adalah tempat Anda meletakkan file-file website Anda di sebuah server yang terhubung dengan jaringan internet. Jadi agar website Anda bisa ditampilkan, maka file-file website perlu Anda simpan di sebuah server hosting. Anda perlu membeli paket hosting.

Harga dari sebuah paket hosting bermacam-macam, tergantung fasilitas yang diberikan. Anda bisa membeli paket hosting di luar negeri maupun di Indonesia.

Dalam memilih paket Hosting, Anda beberapa hal yang perlu diperhatian yaitu:

1. Sistem Server yang digunakan apakah Linux atau Windows. Hal ini akan menentukan software dan bahasa pemograman website yang bisa digunakan. Kebanyakan orang menggunakan Linux. Anda pilih Linux saja.

2. Besaran Disk Space yang diberikan. Disk Space adalah kapasitas pada server hosting yang diberikan untuk Anda, untuk menyimpan file-file website Anda. Seperti besaran space untuk menyimpan file Anda di komputer Anda. Tentunya pilihan terbaik adalah paket hosting yang memberikan Disk Space yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan Anda.

3. Besaran Bandwidth yang diberikan. Bandwidth adalah kapasitas akses perbulan yang diberikan untuk mengakses website Anda. Setiap orang yang membuka website atau mendownload file dari website Anda agar bisa ditampilkan pada browser firefox atau internet explorer-nya akan mendownload file Anda, hal tersebut akan memakan bandwidth. Dan kapasitas pemakaian bandwidth ini akan direset setiap awal bulan.

4. Domains Allowed. Jumlah domain yang bisa digunakan dalam sebuah paket hosting. Anda bisa menggunakan 1 buah paket hosting untuk semua domain Anda bila paket hosting tersebut memberikan akses untuk itu, dan Anda juga perlu mempertimbangkan besarnya disk space maupun bandwiidth yang diberikan, apakah cukup untuk menjalankan domain-domain Anda.

5. Jumlah Database yang diijinkan. Contoh untuk Linux, berapa banyak jumlah database MySQL yang diijinkan.

Untuk pembelian domain dan hosting ini tidak perlu Anda lakukan pada satu buah perusahaan. Anda bisa membelinya dari tempat-tempat yang berbeda. Yang perlu Anda lakukan hanyalah menghubungkan antara domain dan hosting ini dengan melakukan setting DNS (Domain Name Server) pada account domain Anda. Hal ini dilakukan untuk mengkoneksi domain dengan hosting.