My First Website
Nothing is easy for if it was easy everyone will do it using little or no effort. Today I am an owner of social community and enhancer website among others simply because a dared.
Individuals or organizations find themselves in this digital world by owning a unique identity which can be referred to at all times without doubts. Owning a website is indispensable for any modern day gesture or business that seek to create awareness at the global scale.
I am not the best web developer you will meet out there but I must tell you in the simplest terms that developing a website, accounts for less than 10% of success of your business or gesture. It is not about the money, it is about the idea and knowing what stands ahead in the cyber space.
In this article we will be looking at the things we should know after wanting to own a website. We look at the most essential ones and explain a little further. This articles is good for the notice in computer knowledge in general and future website owners in particular. We will open your mind and give you more reason to achieve your website dream without worries.
Understand basics in about websites
It is good that before you create or own a website, you should understand basics about websites. This include the fact that a website is actually a combination of a programming language and some HTML. We must understand that websites to can have problems and if they do which is not the case for many, you will handle it without too much surprise. We must also understand that a website is managed by people and not machine. Owning a website without having a clue what website is all about can be a little costly for a low income individual. For he will have to pay for the services of an expert. Have an idea what one plus one will give as output don’t be totally blind.
Choose a CMS or built from scratch
You can use a Content Management System like WordPress, Joomla, Subrion, Dupral etc. these CMSs can enable an average computer user to own a website on a limited or a small budget. It may be costly to make it look beautiful and very functional because you will either have to buy a template or you have to create your own template. Either ways you one thing is certain, 50 percent of the site will be ready and you can make it more easy by using a free template.
The second alternative is the built site. The website owner in this case will have to ask someone or a team some where to start building the website from scratch. This entails design and implementation of the site. This means the future owner has to provide documentation of desired results and the content of the site. The developer may propose images in cases where the owner of the site did not plan on images or does not know anything about images.
The latter is more costly because the developer will charge you for his skills and you will receive just what you asked for.
Get a hosting plan
Hosting about putting your website on a server in the World Wide Web. This makes your website available so long as your hosting company is online, that is, connected to the network. The website could be hosted in a small Local Area Network (LAN)), a personal computer in your room or on a sophisticated server somewhere around the world. The hosting depends on the use. A website that does not internet does not need to be hosting outside a LAN
Most often you will need to host your website to the available in the web. Many host exist out there with different hosting plans ranging from $4 to $50 a month. Examples include TMDHosting, Bluehost, Hostinger, Hostgator and many more. Google for hosting companies then look at their reviews and hosting plans
Manage the website by yourself or employ someone to do so.
Now, you have your website and you have hosted it on a particular hosting company. Another thing to pre-empt is the fact that all websites need management. Do not think because someone developed your site, the individual is obliged to manage the site for you. Most often the developers with maintain breakdowns that relate with the code.
But it is always good to think about managing the site. Managing entails uploading content to your website, making changes to the site and paying regular bills with your hosting company. This cannot be done by a beginner in the field of website.
The person managing the site must be able to do online transactions, constant internet connection and more. To solve your problem as a novice in the domain of the web, it is recommended that those who develop your site whether CMS or site built from scratch, drill you about managing the website when it is running because most often you can employ them or compromise with them to this job for you.
It cheaper to for the developers to manage the website than to employ another person than the developer.
Plan to update your website
Making your website current can be done at two levels. The structure, that is, how it appears and functions and the content or information found on the website.
Updating your website is very important. It keeps you up to date with the trends in the web world. If you are using CMSs, always check for updates for the core and its plugins. Not updating these makes your website vulnerable to attacks.
Updating at the level of content is vital. Google search engine among others always index website that update their website often. This means the site is current in content and active thus valuable information can be gotten from this website. Even if your website is not to active a site, always consider adding a small blog on the website. Each time you add an article or a post to your blog, search engines notice it somehow and thus puts your websites content at the front when web users search for information concerning what you write about.
You must be constantly connected
Being connected at all times is also a very important factor of website owners. Nowadays websites are interactive, that is, can permit people to communicate with it like putting comments to post and you approving them to appear on the site and dynamic In that it does some processing depending on the type of website.
If you don’t connect frequently to observe how people appreciate your content, it will be consider inactive site by your users and they will visit it less often. It is a fast world where people need responds and use responds to make life continue. Pay someone to be regularly online to check mails, appointments etc. or do it yourself. Online presence is not free. You will keep using money to be connected to the web.
Own a personal online payment window
Owning a website and not having an independent online payment method is not a wise plan. It is costly but advisable. Create a PayPal account for free and connect a credit card to it. While PayPal accounts don’t do withdrawals in some countries, it is seeming to be best online payment system because it has a good refund policy. Just file a complaint early enough and your problem is solved.
Another option is to buy a prepaid card from a bank of your choice and credit the card. It is advised to connect your prepaid to your bank account because if hackers have access to your card, they can empty your bank account. Ask your bank about prepaid cards. it could be VISA card or Master card which are available internationally or ask your local bank if they could online payment or better still propose a solution for online transaction.
You could also share a card with someone you trust. Credit a card and use it or transfer money from your PayPal account into the card and withdraw it or just do and receive payments through PayPal. Study the card provider because their method of functioning vary from region to region.