How to Create a Website
There a three things you need to do to build a website: buy a Domain Name, rent web space (Hosting) for your website files, and create your website files.
STEP 1: Buy a Domain Name
A Domain name is your web address. For example wservices.co is the domain name for this website and the URL is http://www.wservices.co. Domain names can be purchased from many different online companies for approximately $12/year.
Things to consider when purchasing a domain name:
- Domain names are not case sensitive and can contain letters, numbers, and hyphens. Simpler is better. If possible use the name of your business or a domain that closely represents your business. Only use hyphens and numbers in your domain name when necessary.
- Domain names can be up to 67 characters in length but is best if it is 15 characters or less and no more than three words. The shorter the domain name, the more memorable. Choose something that makes sense for your business.
- Besides choosing a Domain Name, you must also choose which extension (the Top-Level-Domain such as .com, .net, .org, .co, .edu, .info, .cc, .ws, .biz) that you want to use. .org is most often used by the non-profit sector. .edu is most often used by education facilities. .com and .net are often used by business's. Though it is OK to use other ones such as .biz be aware that these are often a sign of a spammer. Choose the best available domain name that would help the Search Engines see your site as authentic and valuable.
- When you purchase your domain name, make sure you will be holding the ownership rights to the domain name. Some companies sell domain names but maintain the ownership rights and other companies sell both the domain name and ownership right as one. Two very good companies to purchase a domain name from is http://www.Godaddy.com and http://www.hostgator.com
- The last thing to consider about domain names is how long you are going to purchase it for. The domain name can be purchased for one or more years. Search Engines give more credibility to a ten year domain name then a one year domain name. The length of time it has been owned and the length of time it has been purchased for add credibility to your site. If you purchase a domain name for a longer period of time and then you sell your business, the domain name can be sold to the new owner or sold on the open market.
STEP 2: Hosting
Hosting is renting web space to put your website in. Hosing costs approximately $10/ month. Two good companies to get hosting from is http://www.Godaddy.com and http://www.hostgator.com
Things to consider when getting hosting:
- What type of servers does the company have? Windows or Lynx. There are many different types of code your web page can be written in (.html, .php, .asp etc..). To have .asp code you must have a Windows Hosting computer. On the other hand, if you are wanting to use Wordpress, though Wordpress works on both Windows and Lynx servers, Wordpress works best on Lynx servers.
- Not all hosting companies offer Wordpress. If you are interested in Wordpress or may be interested in it down the road, begin now with a hosting company that supports it. Both GoDaddy and Hostgator support Wordpress.
- When you purchase hosting, there are three things you must make note of: The ftp address, your username and password. The FTP address is the location of the hosting space. You will need the username and password to be able to access this space.
STEP 3: Building Your Website
WebServices can build your website for you, or you could build it yourself.
You can purchase a number of different software programs that have a WYSIWYG editor. In a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, you see the finished web page product and can make changes on the page as if you typing in Microsoft Word. Though it is is helpful to know some programming code, it is not necessary to know when you are using a WYSIWYG editor. Two popular WYSIWYG editors are Dreamweaver (http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver.html) and Frontpage (last produced in 2003). Not all older versions of Frontpage are compatible with newer versions of Windows so make sure you buy one that will work on your computer.
There are many other software programs are HTML editors in which the user must know programming code to use. A popular free one is HTML-Kit that can be downloaded from http://www.chami.com/free/html-kit/. Web pages can also be written/edited in Notepad or Wordpad. They do not need a special program.
Other aspect of website building is FTP (File Transfer Protocol). To transfer the web page from your computer to the hosting location. Dreamweaver, FrontPage and HTML-Kit all have a built in FTP component. If you are writing your web pages in another program such as Notepad, a free FTP program that can be download from the Internet is FileZilla Client.