The online world seems like another Earth, with each website, behaving just like a home for its people. So you have a brick and mortar home on the real planet Earth, while a website on the World Wide Web which is your technical Earth! Everyone wants to have his/her own website and also wants to earn money through the site, making it popular and giving it global attention. Well, the latter part of gaining attention for a website is pretty tough, because creating a website is an easy task, but maintaining it is sure hell of a task. So here, we help you out with the basics of building your own site.
1). Know Web Programming Languages
Though you may use Microsoft Front Page or Dreamweaver etc, to create a site, but it would be a very basic site which cannot be customized the way you want it to be. To create a site, you must be fluent with HTML, PHP, ASP with HTML helping you to create basic web pages and PHP/ASP is for advanced users. If you don’t have the time to learn the process of creating a website, you can also hire professional web building services and get a professional website easily built.
2). Know Hosting Service
Once the site is created, you need to find a suitable hosting service. Hosting in layman’s term is the platform on which your site will be staged 24/7 throughout the year (until your contract ends with the hosting service). You would have to search for optimal hosting services, by finding out their packages, their hosting plans, storage space, uptime value (must be 99.9%) and their customer services. This would require a good deal of research. Remember the importance of choosing right domain name (the name with which you would like the world to see your site); the domain name must depict what your site is about.
3). Know The Technical Details of Your Site
Even if you didn’t be the one programming and coding your site, it would still be important to understand the working of a website. You have to know about the HTML files, as well as various root directories, in order to customize functionalities and make minor changes whenever needed. When a user types in your site address (domain) he is taken to the web host server through the browser. The server responds immediately and the site is displayed in the browser. The main page is the index.html page of which you should be having a strong knowledge of.
4). Have Backup
Though the entire site may be on the hosting site, don’t consider yourself safe. Anything can happen anytime in the online world, and therefore, it is wise to keep backup of the website in your hard drive or any external drive to be on the safe side. When you work on the site, you also need to work on the original files, rather than on pages that are online, therefore, you need the site’s files on the hard drive for editing purposes while in the external drive for storage purposes.