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I've read many articles and user's questions/answers, and searched and searched... I'm just completely lost!

I would plan to go through with the following: - Advanced Server Hardware, provided by HP - Applied security - Home: Dedicated Business Server Room - Anything else I may have missed?

I'm currently registered with www.midphase.com and would greatly desire to become independent in time as my own host.
I've read the Web Hosting Tutorial from w3schools to get an idea of what I'd be up against.
I've read that it is possible to host your own server via RedHat, Fedora, Windows, etc.
I've also read that there was a way of hosting your own DNS server.

With domain name registration:
- Is it inevitable to be required in registration, to pay an annual fee to another service provider? Or can I just register through my own DNS and still be recognized by popular search engines?
- If I must register my company's domain name through another service, how would I make the connection between the domain name and my server's IP?

The bigger picture: I'm looking for help to set up and experiment with public servers and web hosting before I prepare to move the company website from it's current ISP, and become independent.

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This looks to me like a tutorial request, which does not make it a good fit for this site. Can you cut down the question and make it more specific? If you are really completely lost, this site probably cannot help you. It does not give 101 courses. –  Kazark Nov 10 '12 at 19:40
@kazark I'm assuming you down-rated this question. If not, ignore the following... For the '-1' and having already obtained the answer I needed (Xyon), I will remove this post within 3hrs. I was looking for specifics relating to domain names and either hosting them my self while still being recognized by popular search engines or how to associate them from registrars to personal public servers. I will edit/rephrase this question/title and refrain from deletion if the negative rating is removed. I recommend 'suggested improvements' before negative ratings - I'm not selling products! Thank You! –  Christopher Walker Nov 10 '12 at 22:18
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With the DNS questions:

  1. Yeah, pretty much. With packages for linux like BIND for the DNS server, it's possible to host a service on your server. The problem is that your microserver (which only holds information about your own domain) isn't scraped by the top-level DNS servers for information. This means that nobody on the wider internet (who generally won't be using your server for name resolution) will be getting that information.

  2. Registering your domain name with a service lodges that name in the high-level DNS servers which most others pull information from. Every provider of this service gives you at a minimum the option to specify what nameserver you want to use for your domain name - here, you can specify that you'd like to use your own if you really want to - and I've seen that the vast majority provide a nameserver service which allows you to manipulate your own DNS records.

You will always need some kind of ISP providing internet connectivity to your server, and in most cases you'll probably want a business / server package from them as they're operated more with upstream rates and uptime in mind than the downstream oriented domestic market.

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Sorry, I miss-used ISP, I knew what it was already - ex: Comcast, AOL, etc... My intention was for a Web Hosting Service. So, it would seem that I would be better off registering under an annual fee with 'high-level' DNS servers. Do you have any idea of some good registrars for me (in your opinion)? –  Christopher Walker Nov 10 '12 at 19:33
I've used domain.com and would not recommend them as their prices are quite heavy. I migrated to 123-reg.co.uk because their price for a (more appropriate for me as a UK based person) .co.uk domain was much cheaper and their control panels are dramatically better. Plus it allows me to point my DNS with greater fidelity. –  Xyon Nov 10 '12 at 19:42
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