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Website F.A.Q.s -- Frequently Asked Questions

CompassYour website should reflect the essence of your business in a simple professional way. If you have any questions not answered here, please use the form on the contact page.

What is the World Wide Web?

What is a Website?

What is a domain name?

What is hosting?

I have my domain name and hosting so what is next?

I am ready to get a website, what should I be thinking about?

What about using a do it yourself website program or WordPress?

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World Wide Web? -The web consists of networked computers all over the world which store and maintain websites. These computers communicate with each other using a specific communication protocol called HTTP, which means Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. When you type "http://" into your web brower (Firefox or Internet Explorer for example), that alerts the appropriate web server that this is a request for a website.
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Website? - A website consists of pages that are linked together. They are written in HTML which is short for "Hyper-Text Markup Language". This is the basic programming language of webpages. All websites pages must conform to the rules of HTML in order to display correctly in a web browser. There are several other tools such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) that modify the look and beauty of a web page. Other languages such as JavaScript enable dynamic action to occur on a webpage. An example is the message you will receive when you submit a message via my contact form.     Back to FAQs.

 

Domain Name? - A domain name is a word or phrase that will identify your website on the world wide web. It is your internet address or sign. Your domain name needs an appropriate extension, such as .com, .co, .biz or .org. You may wish to think about this and read some appropriate advice on choosing your name. Purchase your domain name so YOU own it, not a third party, not even your webdesigner. Then you can obtain hosting for your website next. Back to FAQs.

 

Hosting? - Hosting consists of computers (or servers) that have high speed connections to the internet. These can be compared to the building that houses a business. Websites are stored on these computers and they assign to your website a specific address (DNS for Domain Name Server). When someone enters your domain name, your website is then loaded onto their computer from your hosting server.

Free hosting is not recommended since most require you to display advertisements or links to other sites on your site. This does not promote a professional image.

Shared Hosting means you share a server with many other sites. This is similar to leasing office space and works quite well. Only large sites with high traffice require a dedicated server which hosts only a single website. Back to FAQs.

 

The Next Step? - Do your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) research which consists of a keyword search for your business terms. This research starts your website development on the right foot. The key words and phrases you discover will guide you in content creation. Your webdesigner will incorporate this information right into the design and structure of your website. A template or canned site does not allow you to take advantage of this knowledge. You might be able to put in your own Meta Tags however, most search engines have depreciated the influence of Meta Tags. The search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo use software programs (robots) that scan your content and the HTML structure in your website to index your page. And for some time, actual people are reading your website to validate the content. As a web designer, I incorporate the keyword information in the very design of the website, not just your content to maximize what the search engine sees as important. For the best chance to rank high in searches you need to make the most of your keyword research. Back to FAQs.

 

Things to Think About? - What are your goals for the website? Is this for a charity? Do you just want to have an informational site? Do you want to sell services or goods? Are you trying to solve a problem? Ask yourself, if my website was my personal assistant, then what would it be doing? Back to FAQs.

 

Do It Yourself or WordPress? - If you are considering using a canned template design or WordPress - then consider that your site will not be as customizable as you think. It will look similar to other sites, perhaps even a competitor’s site. And the design will not be so easy to upload extra gimmicks such as widgets and applications. You may have to learn the program, something that is feasible. However you must consider whether this the best use of your time.

A template also adds lots of HTML code to automatically generate a website and the search engine robots will just bounce off a page if they don't come across your actual content quickly. On top of that, when you submit content to Automattic (the owners of WordPress) you grant them a world-wide royalty free and non exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish your blog for display and promotion. Automattic may terminate your access to all or any part of your website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice. They also own your WordPress website. This happens when you obtain your site including the domain name from WordPress.org.

So here is what to do..

If you wish to use WordPress, obtain your own domain name independently from WordPress. Then have your website hosted with a host provider. If you are just doing a simple 1 to 3 page site, you may find that GoDaddy or Bluehost will do just fine. However, if you intend for your WordPress site to be more and are running a business, you really should be thinking of using WP Engine, SiteGround or Pagely for hosting. These are WordPress specific fully managed hosting platforms. Then utilize the WordPress Platform from your hosting provider. This ensures that you own your domain name and will maintain control over your presense on the web. Back to FAQs.

 

The Real Stuff - And most important, what is your mission and your time worth? You and your dreams are valuable. A good webdesigner has your back by providing proper website engineering and artistic presentation. Back to FAQs.

 

 

 


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