Before looking into creating your own website and launching it on the internet, here are some need-to-knows on how web pages and hosting services work.
The basic terms are as follows:
The server receives the demand for a page sent by your internet browser.
The browser connects to the server through an IP Adress; the IP address is acquired by deciphering the domain name.
In return, the server sends back the requested page.
Web pages are written in HTML, Hypertext Markup Language. A markup language is a computer language that describes the content, format and layout of a page. The web browser renders the page according to its HTML code.
Web servers are computers whose job is to respond to a browser’s demand for a web page and deliver it through the internet. Pages hosted on a web server can be displayed to anyone all over the world. It is like a virtual hard drive that stores your website files and images. In order to host your page on a web server, you need to pay a hosting charge, and in order to display your website on the internet, you need a web hosting provider.
You could set up your own hosting server at home, but it would take a huge amount of knowledge and require a lot of time to set up.
Paying a hosting service offers you a lot more freedom for your site, gives you the opportunity to do expert work and is a reliable solution.
To create your own website, you first need a domain name.
You can get the domain name from your web hosting provider or from a separate provider that simply specialises in domains names. Sometimes web hosting providers offer you a domain name along with your hosting account. It may appear to be the easiest option but could actually be more costly.
There are a lot of web hosting providers available in a wide range of prices, depending on the services such as the number of domains, hosting space or bandwidth provided. Choose carefully, or you could face slow servers, periods of malfunction or no support in times of tech need!
We recommend GoDaddy or 123 Reg. Also, make sure that your new account has a WordPress quick install option in order to make your work much easier if you do decide to take on everything from this point by yourself, however, if you want a professional look not achievable from the DIY approach, do get in touch now to see how we can support at any part or all stages of the web development process.