Intro to setting up a website

Note: I’ll assume that you’re here as you would like my assistance with setting up a website.  Thus, I’ll cover the procedures I’ll take you through, and not touch on the plethora of other options.  I’m also phrasing these explanations in simple basic terms for better understanding and in a way more relevant to my approach.  I shall not be responsible for any inaccuracies or wrong use of terms and analogies in this website should anyone takes it out of context.

There’s basically 2 parts to setting up a website:
1)  Having a website address that people type in their browsers to get to your website. (Domain)
2) Having a storage server. (Hosting)
3) (Extra) Email.

1) Domain :

The website address that points to these files (sometimes called URL), so that you can access these files and view the website.  From here on we’ll assume your company is named ” XYZ Company ” and your website is XYZCompany.com.  Quick fact: you don’t need to key in the “www” in most website addresses.  Once you buy the domain XYZCompany.com, you can (at no cost, for free) create additional domains like shop.XYZCompany.com for your online shop for example.

This is also useful if you bought your own personal domain like myname.com and have small projects like a food blog at foodreview.myname.com and also a personal blog at blog.myname.com.  Do note that you could also place the variations behind to make them myname.com/blog and myname.com/foodreview.

2) Hosting :

The webpages of your website are stored as files, in an online server.  Basically like a computer hard drive, but online.  Remember when Windows had “File Explorer” and “Internet Explorer”?  Similar to browsing the files on your computer, Internet Explorer browses files on computer servers on the internet.

These files are (most often) transferable, thus if you decide to migrate to another host, you can copy these files (your website) and you should still see the same website.  This is important as your website grows and you need to move to a larger website or one that provides a better and cheaper deal.  On this subject, some websites that “lets you build a website easily” sometimes claims the rights to your website and domain address, thus not letting you change to other webhosting providers.  You should avoid these sites in my opinion, but there’s some pros to using them, to be fair.

3) Email :

Head over HERE for the guide for setting up your email.

Next step

Let’s go through the types of websites to know what suits your needs best, HERE.

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