Starting a Website for Beginners

Starting a website can be very simple. There are essentially just three main components to every website.

  • Domain Name 
  • Web Hosting 
  • Website 

Domain Name

A domain name is an address that visitors use to view your website on the web. When starting a website, it's important to find a good domain name that represents your brand or business. Domain names are typically sold annually and can be renewed prior to expiration.

For help choosing, registering and managing a domain name, please see the following article:

  • Guide to Domain Names

Web Hosting

After you have a domain name registered, the next step is to get a web hosting package. With us, you'll be able to purchase a domain and webhosting together. We'll automatically point your domain to your hosting package if you buy them together so that everything starts working as fast as possible. You'll also be able to manage them both from the same place, making management of your services easier and less time consuming.

Once your hosting plan is purchased, your domain will need to be pointed to your web hosting account(if you did not purchase them both from us) by changing the name servers for that domain name, and any visitors to your domain will be able to view the website hosted at your web hosting provider.

Website

A website is usually a file that is coded with HTML to display text, images, videos and other multimiedia elements. There are many ways to build a website. While it is possible to create a website using a text editor like Notepad, for beginners, it's usually best to use software geared for web development. You can download free software for creating a website such as KompoZer or use our free sitebuilder.

Programming languages like PHP, Ruby, Python, Perl and ASP.net can also be used to create dynamic web sites. Fortunately there are many different open-source, web-based applications which use these languages and don't require much programming experience such as:

  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla

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