Frederic Seguin

Frederic Seguin

Web Developer

How to create a website?

Posted 7 July 2017
Computer and plant on a desk
Domain Name

The domain name is the name you choose for your website. seguinfred.com is the domain name of the site you are visiting. A domain name is a "mask" on an Internet Protocol (IP) address (ex. 104.155.129.153).

The purpose of a domain name is to remember and communicate easily the address of a set of servers. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name. Domain names are used in different contexts. Typically, a domain name represents a protocol resource, such as a personal computer used to access the Internet, a server computer hosting a website, the website itself or any other service communicated over the Internet.

How do we register a domain name?

To register a domain name, we need to buy it from a domain name registrar. A domain name registrar is an organization or commercial entity that manages the reservation of Internet domain names. A domain name registrar must be accredited by a generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry and/or a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry. Once you have chosen a domain name, you will need to check its availability.

In brief
  1. Search for your perfect domain name.
  2. Choose a trusted Registrar.
  3. Register your new domain name with the Registrar.
Server

In order to be found on the web, your website needs to upload on a web server connected to the internet. A web server is a computer system that processes requests via HTTP, the basic network protocol used to distribute information on the World Wide Web.

Option A

You can set up your own server at home and host your website yourself. But it might not save you much money, and it definitely won't save you time. So give it serious thought before you proceed. Unless your goal is simply to learn about the technology and have fun!

Option B

Buy a hosting plan from the same online retailer from whom you’ve bought your domain name. This will save you time and money and will assure you of some customer support. If you decide to do so, take the time to read their reviews online. Also, make sure that you understand all their legal policies and terms of service. For example, a retailer might offer a promotion on it starter hosting plan for $3.95/month on a 3 years term. But the renewal price is $9.99/month.

Quality Content

Your content is the key to your online success. Content will include all your text, images, graphics, tables, forms etc. This is where you really need to focus.

Before buying a domain name and a hosting plan, you should try to gather all your content. Quality content will assure you more visitors and users and will rank you up organically in the search engines such as Google.

Think about how we ask Google to find something for us. We normally ask questions, don’t we?

If you want people to land on your site, your content must:

  • Give the answer to a question
  • Be high-quality content
  • Be user-friendly

Watch this 3 mins YouTube video to learn more about superior web content. -Matt Cutts from Google Webmaster

Knowledge
Any fool can know. The point is to understand. – Albert Einstein

Knowledge can be gained online. There is lots of free training that provide you with the basic of coding. Also, Google has many excellent resources about the best practices. You will need to be able and willing to invest lots of time and practice. This could be a very fun hobby.

On the other hand, you can borrow the knowledge of others. There are lots of companies specialized in web design and development. The problem with those companies is that they usually offer way more than what common people really need. As a result, their service is expensive. Here come the freelancers! They are one of the best options if you are on a small budget. Find someone you can trust, someone organized and professional.

Conclusion

Buy a hosting plan from the same online retailer from whom you’ve bought your domain name. This will save you time and money and will assure you of some customer support. If you decide to do so, take the time to read their reviews online. Also, make sure that you understand all their legal policies and terms of service. For example, a retailer might offer a promotion on it starter hosting plan for $3.95/month on a 3 years term. But the renewal price is $9.99/month.

  • Work on your content first.
  • Find and register a domain name.
  • Buy a hosting plan.
  • Learn how to code or hire someone.
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