Building your first site: the things you should know.
A lot of people at some point in their career face the necessity to make a website for some reasons. Some would want to make a blog, where they share the things they achieve or even share some of their ideas or reviews, while others think about making an online store where they could push more of their products and services. Whatever the purpose, the process of building the website is always the same.
The first thing you will need is a good web hosting. The web hosting is basically a server that will contain your site, making it available for the public. The web hosts are usually supervised, monitored and managed by the professional developers who use a lot of knowledge in order to implement a stable service. Most of the hosts also often provide a handy management interface and a free online support for their clients.
When choosing the hosting, you will be given three options:
- Shared hosting. This is the recommended option, as it is the cheapest. The shared hosting utilizes one machine to host thousands of different sites simultaneously. This helps to save a lot of resources and results in a cheaper price. These servers do have their limitations though, but for the most of the sites they will work just fine.
- VPS hosting. This option is designed for a heavier use by the clients who create large portals with high traffic and high server loads, or simply own dozens of different sites that cannot be handled by the shared hosting option anymore.
- Dedicated hosting. This costs a hundred times more than a shared hosting. You should only use this option if you are making sites for millions of users or otherwise make some very CPU-intensive server side calculations for your project. Not recommended due to the price and difficulty in using.
After choosing the web hosting, you have to select an available domain name for your future site. Most of the good-looking domain names are unavailable today, so you would better think of making a unique brand name for your business at first hand.
Once you’ve done as far, you could now start building your new site. If you plan to change your content often, or make it intractable, it is better to stick with some popular CMS engines like WordPress. Otherwise you can be as well satisfied with a simple hard-coded non CMS template.