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Getting Started

Once you have decided that you need a website for personal or business use, there are some tasks that you must complete in order to go through the process of getting it live on the internet.

Domain name

Your website must have a domain name. This is the identifier that shows your network address and that it belongs to a particular domain. This identifier is part of the domain name system. There are many different resources that you can use to buy and register your domain name. At one time Google wanted to get into the business of selling domain names.

Aside from this, most of the hosting companies will do a domain name search to see if it is available and if so then they will offer to sell this to you for a specified price. The more value the name has the higher the price will be. Most times there will be options for the domain name extensions such as .com, .org. and .net along with many others.

The domain name is a simplified version of the actual identifier and is easier for people to remember and to search for. When choosing the domain name there are a number of things to keep in mind such as:

  • Making sure it relates to your website
  • That is can become part of your brand recognition
  • That it is short
  • It is easy to remember

Before choosing your domain name it is a good idea to do some research to see if there are other similar names that you don’t want to compete with. You want something that is going to be unique. Something to keep in mind is that choosing a great domain name is always difficult, so take your time otherwise you may regret your choice in the future.

Hosting Your Website

Once you have bought your domain then you are going to need a provider to host your website. This is the resource that is used to bring your website live on the internet. This is a very competitive business so you will find that there are a lot of hosting companies to choose from. There are some important features that they should possess such as:

  • User-friendly services
  • Favourable hosting packages
  • Little to no downtimes
  • Cheap or free add ons
  • Additional tools and resources like site builders

Price is also going to be an important factor but it should not be the deciding factor. You need to be informed as to what you are getting for what you are paying for.

Choosing the CMS

CMS is the short form for ‘content management systems.’ This is comprised of software that contains many different applications that are necessary for the performance of a good website. Some of the applications that it may include are:

  • History editing
  • Web publishing
  • Format management

These first three tasks are critically important to your being able to have a presence on the web, and one that is fully compatible with the internet.

When choosing your CMS you don’t want to have to spend a lot of time learning how to use it. Therefore it must be user-friendly. Another important feature is whether the CMS is going to be SEO friendly. You don’t want to have to spend extra time focusing on SEO simply because it is lacking in the program.