When it comes to building a website, there are two main things that you need: a domain name and some type of web server. A domain name is like the address for your website, while the web server is what displays your content on the internet. In this post we’ll go over all of these components in detail so that you can build your own successful site!
A website is a collection of web pages and related content that is identified by a common domain name and published on at least one web server. The term “website” can also refer to just the front page or home page, as such, it includes information about the organization’s products and services. A website has many different components including:
-Web Server. This post will walk you through the 11 steps of building a website, including: domain name registration and web server selection. Write some text for each step in boldface with an asterisk that directs readers to read more information below about that topic or larger collection of tasks.
*Step one – choose your domain name*
Domain names are the addresses that you type into a web browser to get to a website. They can be up to 63 characters long and must be unique, meaning no other website can have the same domain name.
There are several steps involved in choosing a domain name:
-Decide what you want your domain name to be
-Check if the name is available by typing it into a search engine, such as Google.com or Bing.com
*Step two – purchase your domain name from a registrar*
A domain registrar will allow you to register a unique web address and set up DNS (domain hosting) for that website. There are many different registrars to choose from, but we recommend using a reputable company like GoDaddy.com or NameCheap.com.
*Step three – set up DNS hosting for your website*
Once you have registered your domain name with a registrar, you will need to set up DNS hosting for your website. This will allow your domain name to be linked to your web server.
You can set up DNS hosting with the registrar you used to purchase your domain, or you can use a separate company like CloudFlare.com or Namecheap.com.
*Step four – select a web server*
A web server is a computer that stores websites and delivers the content to users.
There are several different types of web servers: dedicated, cloud and shared. Dedicated hosting provides full control over your server and is recommended for businesses that outgrow shared hosting; however it can also be very expensive as you need to purchase a physical computer with lots of memory storage space, cooling systems etc… Cloud hosting is a type of shared server that provides users with access to an application via the Internet. Cloud servers are affordable and can be scaled up quickly as your business grows, however they may have less control over security updates than other types. Shared hosting offers businesses a low cost entry point into web development but you will need to share resources so performance might be slower for your website.
Step five – sign up for web hosting*
Once you have decided on a domain name and set up DNS, you will need to purchase web hosting. Web hosts provide space that your website content is stored, as well as the computing power to make sure users can access it over the Internet.
There are two different types of web hosting available – dedicated hosting and shared hosting. Dedicated hosting provides users with access to a server without having to share it or compete for resources, but can be very expensive as you need to purchase your own computer hardware. Shared web hosting is much more affordable however you will have less control over security updates than other types of hosted servers.
*Step six – select a web hosting plan*
Once you have decided on the type of web server you would like to use, you will need to select a hosting plan. Hosting plans vary in price and features, so it is important to find one that suits your needs.
Some things you will want to consider when selecting a hosting plan include: storage space, bandwidth and monthly traffic limits.
*Step seven – add your website to the web host*
Once you have selected a hosting plan that works for your business needs, you will need to add all of the files on your computer which make up your website into it using an FTP client such as FileZilla or Cyberduck.
*Step eight – set up email addresses on your domain name*
Email is how you will communicate with clients about their website services, so it’s important to have a professional email address that reflects the image of your business.
One way to do this is by forwarding all of the emails sent from an account on another server (Gmail, Yahoo etc…) to an email address on your domain name.
*Step nine – test your website*
Once you have uploaded all of the files for your website and set up DNS hosting, it is important to test it out. You can do this by typing in your domain name into a web browser and making sure that it redirects to your web server.
If it doesn’t, you may need to wait a few hours or days for DNS changes to propagate across the Internet until they are recognized by all of the major search engines and browsers as correct.
Step ten – protect your website*
Once you have built your website, make sure that users can only access it through your domain name. To do this, you will need to set up security settings on the web server for each website.
*Step eleven – get social media profiles and share your content! *
Once you have finished building your website, make sure that users can find you across all of their favourite social networks by creating profiles for your business. This will help to build trust and credibility with potential customers.
Now that you have completed these steps, your website should be up and running! Be sure to promote it on social media and through other marketing channels to get the most out of your new online presence. Thanks for reading!