Basics you should know about a website

A website is like a house…

Latest News on September 3rd, 2009 5 Comments

A website consists of many components and can be as simple as a page with little information to a gigantic complex enterprise system with thousands of pages, widgets, applications and selling online/e-commerce capabilities. Despite how big or small a website is, there are 4 major ingredients that make a website a website as illustrated below:

How does a website and the internet work

An easy way to understand a website is to think of it as your house.

The house is your website

You can decorate it however it suits your taste and meets your needs. You can add as many things inside it as you want to make your life easier and your guest’s experience more pleasurable; the furniture and appliances represent the content, applications, widgets, etc. on your website.

The address of your house is your domain name

The easier it is to remember and spell your address, the easier your guest will find your website. Unless your services are highly desired, people will not spend too much time trying to find you, they will simply chose among the first few results they find while browsing the net. Also, try to come up with an address that represents what your business is about, the name of your company and/or the location your business operates at.

The land under your house is your web hosting or web server

Hosting can be seen as the virtual land on the World Wide Web where your website sits on. Technically, hosting means there is a server (computer) running 24/7 that hosts all the files (data and information) of your website and “puts it up on the internet”. Hosting works as the connection between your website and the World Wide Web, making it available to viewers.

The road running past your home is the Internet

The internet is the largest computer networking system that transmits data through protocols. That data is sent from server to server until it reaches your computer. For this example we can say that the internet represents all the streets, roads and highways that connect to your home.

If you’re planning on getting a website make sure you do the following:

  1. Think of what you want your online image to be and make who your clients are.
  2. Chose domain name that is short, easy to remember and represents your business.
  3. Find a hosting provider that can guarantee at least 99.9% uptime year-round.
  4. Use Search Engine Optimization strategies and techniques to leverage your visibility online.

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