Website, an important tool for businesses to compete in the market against their competitors, and the identity of an individual or a company on the World Wide Web. Let’s discuss website definition, How to create a website, and other topics that you need to understand as a business owner or a freelance web developer.
A Website is a collection of interconnected web pages. These pages are available on the internet and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. It may include text, images, videos, audio, or other forms of content supporting a specific individual or business. For instance, the Website of a marketing agency will include content to promote their services.
Moreover, We need several things to create a website and make it publically available. A person who develops a website, website name (domain name), and hosting of a website.
Who Develop a website?
A person who has knowledge of web development technologies like HTML, CSS, JS and other modern frameworks. Or at least experience with modern website builders and CMS like WordPress, wix, Squarespace, and webflow usually develops a website. But you can set up your own website with a few hours of research. However, If you want your website to stand out. You should consider hiring a web development company or a freelancer.
Search for Website Domain
A domain name is the identity of the website or an address through which a user can access it on the internet. There are a lot of domain name providers such as Hostinger and Namecheap. You can simply visit their website and search for the domain name that you want to buy for your website. Before choosing a domain, you should also understand the top-level domains and their usage.
Top-level Domain Listing
The top-level domain is the last part of a website address after the dot. There is a variety of top-level domains available to choose from. However, We recommend using .com to create a website. Because it has high domain authority and is easier to rank on Search engines.
- .com is used for commercial websites.
- .org represents an organization’s website.
- .net is used by Network Organizations
- .mil for military websites
- .edu stands for education
Website for Domain names
There are several well-known domain name providers in the market. I would recommend you buy a domain and hosting from the same provider. It will help to avoid the hassle of connecting a domain and hosting.
Companies providing Website Domain free
The question is. Should you consider using a free domain?
If you’re using the free domain for testing a website or some kind of personal website. Then you can use the free domain. However, free domains are not good for Professional use as these domain names are harder to rank on search engines. The names in free domain provider are:
Hosting of a Website
Hosting is basically storage on a server on the internet that you rent to store files of your website. Domain and hosting are connected with each other. When a User query-specific domain. The domain call hosting and fetch web pages from hosting to display on the user’s screen. Almost all domain providers also do sell hosting as well.
Free Hosting of Website
Similar to free domain providers. There are a lot of free hosting providers. All of them come at a cost. For instance, website security issues, no professional emails, and downtime issues. All of these will affect the performance of your website in the long run if you’re hosting a website for professional purposes. Some free hosting providers are the following:
Is the website safe and legit? How to Check
You should always check if the website is safe. Before providing any information, login details to bank account details. There are numerous hackers reported each day including phishing, bank account hacking, etc. We cannot stop these activities. Instead, we can educate people to stay alert and avoid these scams.
The security of a website is determined by its SSL certificate. If a website has HTTPS or locks Icon before its domain name. That means it’s secure.
Alternatively, If a website is using HTTP protocol or has a Not Secure warning before its domain name. then it can be extremely dangerous and vulnerable.
How to Make a Website of your own?
Creating your own website is not a difficult task in the modern age. There are a lot of website builders and CMS available out there which require no coding skills to set up a website. You just have to understand the interface or read the documentation.
Create Website using Free Templates
You can create a website of your own using free templates. There area lot of HTML and other templates available on the internet that you can edit and put in your content with a little knowledge of coding
Website in WordPress
WordPress is one of the most popular CMS which is easy to set up and manage. It is used by almost every type of business. Furthermore, You can create a website on wordpress by just installing it on your hosting and making it live. WordPress has a lot of plugins available that can help any business to increase productivity, utility and security of the website.
For instance, We use WooCommerce plugin to enable Ecommerce functionality on the website. Most of the hosting providers have in built option to install WordPress with just one click.
Go Daddy Website Builder
Go daddy is one of the old domain, hosting provider company. They recently launched their own website builder that allow their users to create a website with ease of drag and drop features. Moreover, They have alot of ready-made template that user can customize according to their business requirements.
Website Builder by Square Space
Squarespace is another company that provide a website building tool with drag and drop features. Their library include hundreds of templates for Portfolios, gaming, fashion websites.
There are a lot of other popular website builders such as Wix, webflow etc. And all of them have massive audience. I’ll discuss more about them in the future.
Best Website Builder for Ecommerce
There are two most popular website builders for Ecommerce, or we can call them CMS.
WordPress for Websites
WordPress popular among Ecommerce business because it’s customizable, secure and easy to manage. Instead of hiring developers to add functionalities into your WordPress website. You can just buy a ready-made plugin and integrate it into your website. Moreover, The variety of WordPress themes available in the market grabs the attention of business that want to make their website standout in no time.
Shopify was started in 2006, and it’s preferred by most Ecommerce business due it speeds, security and simplicity. Like WordPress, Shopify also has a lot of themes and apps(plugins) available to install for free or pay.
My Reviews on website builders
Website builders are a great facility of the modern age which save time and increase productivity of businesses and individuals. However, there are some disadvantages of using website builders. For Instance, some web builders affect the performance of websites or your website can be hacked in case any vulnerability is found in the website builder.