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How To Build A Website?

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Hi, if you want to build a website from scratch or to know more about website building, then this post is for you! This page will guide you step by step with steps of website creation.

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Domain Name

What is a Domain name? Domain name is a unique address of your website throughout the internet. Some examples are smartwebsitetips.com and bluehost.com. One domain  can point to a single website only, whereas one website can be accessed by different domain names. For example you can register yourbusiness.com, yourbusiness.net and yourbusiness.org and point all of them to a single website that tells about your business. Buying multiple domains is a good practice, because some nasty competitors can buy them and put their content which will lead to misunderstanding and loss of clients. How to choose a good domain name? There are several ways for choosing domain name. One way is to buy a domain name associated with your brand. For example coca-cola.com that represents Coca-Cola company. Second way is to choose a descriptive name, that will tell the visitor about your website, just by reading the URL, like smartwebsitetips.com. So it is not a brand name, but it already tells you something about the website and even more: when someone searches for something related to your website and find your website in the list of result set, google highlights the domain name also, so the probability of clicking your link becomes higher. Consider an example. Search for “smart website tips” in google and you will see something like this:

Smart Website Tips

As  you see google highlighted Title, URL and Description! This is very good and will increase your chances to get more search traffic. So I recommend to go for descriptive domain names, rather than a brand name, of course if  you are not registering a domain for Mercedes or Apple. In other words, if you are not going to build a world-wide brand, but just a niche website, than it is better to for descriptive domain names, to increase the search traffic and have an SEO-optimized website. How to check domain availability and where to buy a domain name? I suggest to buy from Bulehost, because is has “Free Primary Domain Registration”option, meaning that you can buy a hosting and get one free domain registration. On the sign-up page there is box for checking domain availability.

Hosting of website

What is a Hosting and why do I need it?

Hosting is a place – a server, where you physically put your website html files, images, videos, php files, databases and so on. So imagine domain as an address of your house and hosting as the house itself. How big should your house be? How big doors do you need? And what furniture will fit you? These are questions that should ask everyone who seeks for a hosting, because you should define your website needs and then start searching for hosting. Depending on the technology your website is based on, you choose wither Windows hosting or Linux hosting. So for example if your website is developed via PHP/MySQL, then you should better search for Linux hosting, and if your website is developed via ASP.Net/MsSQL you’d better look for Windows hosting, and so on..

Some hosting companies have predefined packages for popular CMS (content management systems), one example is BlueHost, that offeres very impressive hosting for WordPress. Currently WordPress is one the most popular CMS in the world and lot of companies and individuals are using it for their websites.

Besides Windows or Linux, there is one more important thing that you should decide prior to buying a hosting. Is shared (limited) hosting is OK for you, or you need something serious like a dedicated server with root access?

So my general advice would be, go for a shared hosting if you have a small website without any fancy functional requirements. But remember, for dedicated servers you need a system administrator, because mounting hard drive, configuring firewall and DNS servers, … is something that is out of the scope of webmaster’s knowledge. In this case at least two professionals should work on website, one would be responsible for web application itself, and the other for system administration and server configuration.

Consider this as a first step of build a website from scratch.

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