In order to create a website, you will be need to:
- Register a domain name
- Purchase a hosting package
- Web development costs for creating the actual site
These costs vary depending on which companies you go through and it pays to research and compare costs
Domain name registration is required for you to take ownership of your domain name. A registry of domain names is required so that there are no duplicated web addresses. There is usually a fee involved in registration, however some hosting companies sometimes include free domain name registration with hosting packages.
When picking a domain name, try to keep it as short and as simple, easy to remember.
The files that make up your website need to be stored on a host server. Things to look for when choosing a hosting package:
- Security and reliability - you want to know that your site will be displaying properly at all times
- Price - this can vary immensely from host to host
- Support available
- Host is able to support that language that your website is written in - for example PHP or ASP
A search engine is a program that searches documents for specified keywords and returns a list of documents in which those keywords were found. Common examples include Google, Yahoo and Ask - Search engines allow users to search documents on the internet
A search engine works by sending out a spider to fetch as many documents as possible, these documents are then indexed based on the words contained within each one. Search Engines are programmed in such a way that ideally only meaningful results are returned for each query.
Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the process of maximising the volume and quality of traffic to a website, working along the same principles by which the search engines operate to have the website appear as high as possible in search results.
Words that describe the content matter of your website - words that people would type into a search engine to find your site
A meta tag is an HTML tag identifying the contents of a web site. Information commonly found in the meta tag includes key words for search engines, and formatting descriptions of the page.
A CMS is a web application, for creating and managing the content of your website. CMS software provides tools designed to allow users with little or no knowledge of programming languages or markup languages to create and manage content with relative ease of use.
The easiest way to describe a blog is essentially as an online journal, with entries typically shown in reverse chronological order. The best example of a blog is any news site! A blog can be used as a powerful marketing tool, as when used effectively can drive swarms of traffic to your main website, generate more product sales, create an additional stream of advertising income, and be a great customer service tool!
Blogs have an informal, conversational style, and readers are usually able to leave comments. Blogs can be opinionated, chatty, informative, humorous - it's the "human" aspect of blogs that draws many people to them.
Translated too Really Simple Syndication - is a feed used to publish frequently updated sites, such as blogs. RSS feeds benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from their favourite sites, or to aggregate feeds from many sites to one place.