How to make a website (lesson 1)
How to make a website (lesson 1), for the absolutely beginners!
Hi there! This is the webfoxes development team and today we are going to tell you how to make a website! And to be more specific, we are going to assume that you know nothing about websites or the related technology, so this will be a tutorial for the absolutely beginners! You don’t need to have any prior experience, you don’t even have to like computers, just relax and let us show you how to create your own website in a few very simple steps!
How to make a website – the technology
This is lesson no 1 and let’s start with the technology that we are going to be using: wordpress! We are going to develop our website using the wordpress platform.., which actually is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. But you don’t need to know all that.., just remember “wordpress” for the time being!
But why are we going to be using wordpress? Well, because it’s the most popular website builder online! WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web at more than 60 million websites and is by far the easiest way to build a website! And also don’t forget that there are thousands of free website designs (they are called “templates” or “themes”) that are available on wordpress for you to choose from for your website! And don’t worry, we are going to show you later on how to find them and install them!
How to make a website – domain names and hosting
Let’s imagine a country village!
If you think about the internet, I d’ like you to imagine it as a big village! Internet is a big country village that has many roads and many houses. Now I want you to think of every website as a separate house in the village. In real life each house has a postal address. In our village, the postal address is our domain name! The way that Wikipedia puts it is “A domain name is a unique name that identifies an internet resource such as a website” .., but they way that we described it I think it’s better! A domain name is usually something like this www.your-prefered-name.com, and we are going to talk further about them in later stages. But let’s go back in our imaginary village…
You build your house on.. a server!
So you are in your little house in the village (yep, we assume here that you have already build your website), and you got an address too (you got your domain name). But you still got to pay rent! You pay rent for the ground! For the place where the little house is build on… and in real life, this is where you pay money for your server! All websites must “sit” somewhere. There is a space on the internet that we need to hire in order to build on it our website. That will be our ground where we can build our house. So, paying for a server is something that cannot be avoided.
Unless of course…
Unless of course you own your own ground, where, in this case you don’t pay rent… right? Absolutely! If you own your own server (computer with big capabilities where various programs run on it) then you don’t pay any rent. But most of us don’t own a server. Even small IT companies that do own their own servers, many times prefer to hire a server from a web hosting company, as they think it’s better for their business. Why? Because of the 24/365 support that a server requires! Small companies cannot afford to have support stuff on a 24hour basis. On the contrary, large companies like iPage or Hostgator can afford to have the very best of support stuff, and really provide an excellent uptime service. In another part of this website we review these companies, but we will say more about this in a future post.
Let’s go back to our village for now: what have we learned so far? That in order for us to have a house (website) in the village (internet) we need to:
1) Hire the ground (get a web hosting plan with a web hosting company)
2) Get a postal address for the house ( buy a domain name )
3) Build the house (use the wordpress technology to build the webpage)
Is the above clear? OK! Let’s go to lesson no 2 where we are going to learn “how to choose a domain name” !
how to make a website (lesson 1) – for the absolutely beginners!
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