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What is a Website ?

A website is a collection of related content in the form of web pages which can be accessed through a URL.

A web site is hosted on at least one web server, accessible via a network such as the Internet or a private local area network.

Organized by function, a website may be

  • a personal website
  • a commercial website
  • a government website
  • a non-profit organization website

There are mostly 2 kind of websites :

1. Static : is one that has web pages stored on the server in the format that is sent to a client web browser. It is primarily coded in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).

2. Dynamic : is one that changes or customizes itself frequently and automatically, based on certain criteria.

What is the secret to a successful website?

No single thing makes a site successful, but a good website owner can put into place the elements that give a site a fighting chance.

– Battle information overload
– See the bigger picture
– Share information
– Make website easy to use
– Provide access for all
– Produce aesthetic appeal
– Create killer content
– Focus on objectives
– Define roles who will manage the website
– Have a clear vision about your website
– Prepare a roadmap
– Evangelize your site
– Keep fresh content
– Ensure a consistent message and tone
– Refine your website
– Promote your website using offline promotion, email marketing, search mechanisms, guerilla marketing, etc.
– Measure the success rate
– Avoid unrealistic goals
– Take qualitative feedback
– Perform a traffic analysis
– Automate performance checkers
– Review your competition
– Prioritize your users
– Create impressive personas
– Provide offline readable material too
– Provide context through links
– Use engaging content
– Make content eye scannable
– Break down content into blocks of paragraphs
– Try User Acceptance testing for design
– Perform multiple phases of testing regularly
– Create a culture of ad hoc testing
– Respond quickly to change
– Never turn away users or google
– create an accessibility policy
– Understand web 2.0 AJAX and other buzzwords
– Browser compatibility
– Avoid being blacklisted from search engines
– Improve your Search engine ranking
– Encourage quality links
– Use pay-per-click advertising
– Improve your offering
– Change brand perception
– Use broadcasting tools
– Use feedback tools
– Know when and how to communicate with visitors
– Feed the community with information
– Target emerging trends
– Create a richer experience
– Look beyond website
– Write computer friendly content
– Look at your website with fresh eyes everytime you visit it

Even this list is not complete, but following this checklist can put your website among the top 20% website which are successful in their own sense.

How to choose a web host for our website?

After creating our website and registering a domain name, we need to host our website on some web host. This will be one of the most crucial decisions you will make for your website is selecting your web host. It’s essential to choose the right host or all your hard work could be lost.

The vast majority of web sites today, from personal pages to small business e-commerce, rely on the shared web site hosting option. Typically, shared web hosts offer package plans that are an assortment of storage space, traffic allowances, server side software capabilities and management tools.

The criteria for choosing a free web host and a commercial web hosting solution are slightly different although they do overlap. Choosing a good web host straight from the beginning is very important for the success of a website or blog.

Consider the following points in mind while choosing a web host for your website :

* Reliability is the main requisite
* Research online
* Stay away from over-sellers
* Test the support service
* Don’t be cheap
* File type and size limitations
* Bandwidth allotment
* FTP access
* Amount of web space
* Multiple Domain Hosting and Sub-domains
* Control Panel
* Support for Programming Languages and Frameworks
* Multiple Databases
* Easy Site Builder System
* Get e-mail through the domain name
* SSL support
* It is a Windows server or a Linux server
* Uptime guarantee of a 99.9%
* Traffic statistics tool

Even after considering all this factors and points, it doesn’t guarantee that you will get the perfect host for your website, although you will probably end up having a trade-off between some of these parameters. There are some well known web host, which covers most of the above discussed points. You can choose the best among the list after defining your web hosting requirements.

How to Register a Domain Name?

Domain Name sounds a bit geeky, but it is nothing but the web address of your website. This is the thing that you type in your browser’s address bar and visit a website. If you want a website running on internet, you should consider registering your own domain name. A domain name is a name link like techbana.com or google.com

To get a domain name, register the name you want with an organisation called ICANN through a domain name registrar. For example, if you choose a name like “helptechbana.com”, you will have to go to a registrar, pay a registration fee that costs for that name. That will give you the right to the name for a year, and you will have to renew it annually for the same amount.

Some web hosts will also register it and pay for the name for free, while others will do it for you but you’ll have to foot the ICANN fees. But I would suggest you not to register a domain name through a web host, there are certain reason for this, but this is out of scope for this post.

Here are the steps to follow to register a domain name:

1. Think of a few good domain names that you’d like to use. It won’t do to think of only one as most of them might have already been taken.

2. You will need either a credit card or a PayPal account to pay for the domain.

3. If you do not have a web host, Allow the registrar to park your domain name at a temporary website specially set up for you. This way you can quickly secure your domain name and take your time to set up the other aspects of your site. Or obtain the names of their primary and secondary name servers from your web host. Don’t worry about these, just keep them for future use.

Some of the well known domain registrars :

1. GoDaddy.com

2. Register.com

3. Moniker.com

4. 1and1.com

5. name.com

Conclusion :

So guys, think about a nice domain name based on your requirement, it may be for personal website or business website or may be for any other reasons. Register it with a well known domain name registrar which offers you a better discount to you. 🙂

How to make your own website?

This tutorial shows you how to make or create a website. We will be taking you step by step through the whole process of creating your first website live and running.

Let’s take the essential steps to start with;

1. Register a domain name

The first thing you need to do before anything else is to get yourself a domain name. A domain name is the website address or URL (Uniform Resource Locator) you want to give to your website. e.g. “techbana.com” is the domain name of this website. To get a domain name, you have to pay an annual fee to the domain name provider or registrar for using that name.

2. Choose a Web host for your website

A web host is a company that has n-number of computers connected to the Internet. When you place your web pages on their computers, everyone in the world will be able to connect to it and view them.

So we can say that we have a name for our website and have hired a place from a web host to store our web pages. After you sign up for a web hosting account, we need to point our domain to that account on our web host.

3. Create webpages for your website

The next step is to design the website by creating webpages. One way is to use a WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) web editor to do it. Such editors allow you to design your site visually. Or if you are a web designer, you can build your own website. Otherwise you can also hire professional website designers who can build do this for you for a nominal amount. Upload the created web pages to your web host to make them visible to world.

4. Browser Compatibility Test for your website

You will need to test your web pages as you design them in major browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 6, the latest versions of Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome. Since all these browsers are free, you should get them and install them.

5. Promoting your website

When your site is ready, you will need to submit your site to the search engines, particularly Google. Promoting involves many things, including the usual way people did things before the Internet: advertisements in the newspapers, word-of-mouth, etc. You might want to consider advertising on places like Yahoo!

Conclusion

Though this post is not detailed enough to spoon feed you everything to create your own website but it is a distillation of some of the essential steps in getting started with your site. If you want more information, you should read the other articles on techbana.com. However, the above tutorial should be helpful enough to put your website on the Internet.