One of the rarely understood mysteries of web development is how a website is available to be seen on the internet. Many companies offer packages that put these items all in one which further mystifies the forces that must actually come together to have a website. Foowebs as a company has a mission to take the burden of all things web off the shoulders of the small business owner, so we are more than happy to take care of all this for our clients. That said, an informed client is a happy client, so the information here ought to help you make your best buying decisions. Following is a quick primer for someone who wants to have a website but doesn’t know where to start.
The Components of A Live Website
There are three primary components of a live website and while many developers will handle this all for you, it helps to know what is involved.
The first thing you will need in order to have a live website for your business is a website domain. This is an identification label for what will become your website. There are two or more parts separated by dots for example – foowebs.com or example.co.uk. These domains are registered with a domain registry and point to your webhost (see below). Once you (or your web developer) register your domain name, then you have completed the first component of the three. You will want to ensure that the web domain registrar that you choose makes changes easy and has good customer service, aside from that they don’t differ that much.
The second thing that you will need in order to have a live website for your business is a website host. Essentially, a web host is a computer that is always on the internet and can store the files (see below) to make your website live. Once you have a web host you will need to edit the settings of your domain (dns settings) and point them to the ip address of your web host. Your web host will provide you the ip address or dns server to point the domain to.
The web host you choose is a very big decision. If the server is overloaded with clients then your website could be really slow, which results in a lower google ranking and unhappy viewers. If your server is not built with good technology, it could have many outages and your website could go down often. If your web host provides inferior tech support, little problems can turn into large problems.