“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
– Peter Drucker (Writer, Professor, Management Consultant)
Business owners often come to us when they are first creating their future. They have great ideas and a rough plan on how to make it a reality. One part creativity, two parts ambition, three parts ingenuity,…and lots of lessons learned in between.
When it comes to creating their future online, some business owners get confused.
How do I get online? What is a domain? Why do I need a web host? Where is my website??
Getting a website does not happen in the flip of a switch. It involves key elements that need to communicate and work together so your business can be seen by millions of people all over the world.
The very first thing any new business owner needs to establish is an address. Just like your physical address (i.e. 10200 Forest Green Blvd., Suite 107 Louisville, KY 40223), your business needs an address online (i.e. www.nulouwebsolutions.com). This is your domain name.
Simple, right? Well, while your site visitors are viewing your website, there is a process that occurs from the time they type in your domain name and hit enter.
Step 1. When your site visitor enters your domain name into a browser (i.e. Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, etc.)
Step 2. The browser calls up your website files from the hosted server.
Step 3. Then, the server sends that visitor your site files, which they see on their browser as a web-page.
Tah- dah! These 3 basic elements are what make up any current day website. Let’s explain in more detail.
Computers use numbers, called IP addresses, to communicate with each other. Just as you use an address book to find a specific person’s address, domain names are the addresses on the internet.
Your domain name is your online address. It tells people there is a domain hosted on your server IP address, and gives them a practical name to associate your address with (i.e. www.nulouhosting.com)
Booking your domain name is like claiming your address online. For a small fee to the domain name registrar, you reserve the right to use and control your domain name.
Most, but not all, domain name registrars include Domain Name System (DNS) hosting services with their registration fees. DNS hosting provides the infrastructure that allows browsers to connect to your site’s IP address using your domain name. Without DNS hosting, your domain name is only an address and has virtually no use.
If you have a domain name you want to purchase, see if it’s available here.
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After you register your domain name, you need a space to rent out and have your business in. The web-hosting or server is like an empty office space. It doesn’t include any furniture or products, it is only a space where your site-files will live.
You now have a place for your files to live that people can access using your domain name.
The next step is to furnish your office space with your own furniture and products.
Your site files are your furniture and products. They are the copy content, pictures, and blog posts that your visitors actually see when they enter your domain name in their browser. Site files can be .jpg picture files or .mp3 music files, and also .php files or .html files, which are the scripts and language your website files are written in.
Your site files also explains to your web-hosting server how your webpage looks. These computations tell your web-hosting server what to do and where it needs to take your visitors.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to furnish your office space. You can contact a professional web designer to custom build a website for you or you can do it on your own using an easy website builder.
So, let’s say you…
…Need some help getting started. You want to purchase a domain name but you don’t know what exactly. Here is a great domain name suggestion tool.
…Have a domain name but want a new website. Contact your domain name registrar and get your “Domain Transfer Auth Code.” Start here.
…Are ready to build your own website. Click here to use our easy self-help website builder.
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