A website means something different to everyone. It can be a retail store, newspaper stand, grocery store, or even a personal diary all located with just a few clicks. Today’s world wide web has morethan 172 million active websites. To start a website there are a couple things that you should know about. This can help you choose the right kind of platform, consultant, or Web Designer.

 

Choosing a Domain:

A domain is the human friendly address that people can use to visit your website. For example a domain looks like: example.com, google.com. In a more sophisticated terminology a domain points to a server’s IP Address where your website is hosted. Choosing a domain can be very important to your website since it will be what people remember. To get a domain, you need to first see if the one you want is available. Here is a tool that can help you find out if a domain is available. Generally these are registered for one year and if not renewed they will be available again. Your next step is hosting.

Hosting:

Hosting is where all your website files will be stored. Prices can vary between providers and choosing a good one is important. You can choose to Manage your own Hosting or look into Managed Hosting. Managing your own Hosting will require knowledge about servers, websites, and security to properly manage it. You will also need knowledge of how communications work in a network. Managed Hosting means that you will have an expert on your side. Instead of learning everything about service, you can get someone to manage your server and make sure your website is good to go at all times.

Content Management System:

CMS are popular programs for websites. It makes it easy for people to launch a website in no time and sometimes with no coding needed. You might recognize WordPress, Weebly, and Drupal as popular CMS. There are many advantages including easy ways to publish new content. We will have a more in depth article regarding different CMS’s.