The Basics of Websites
Websites are very popular in today’s world. Nowadays most of us use the Internet all the time, but lots of us still don’t really know how it works. Well, knowing how websites work makes getting online a lot easier. Let’s review the basics of what websites are made of, where websites are stored, and how websites get from where they are to your computer. First off, websites are really not that complicated. It’s true good websites can take a lot of time, money, and talent to create. However, at the end of the day, every website out there is just a bunch of files – just like you have on your computer at home. Websites are made of pictures, music, movies, text, graphics, and so on. We call these things content. There’s another part of a website that’s a little more difficult for the average person to understand. Just like a website can’t function without content, all websites have to have this other component.That other component that all website have to have is called computer code. The code for each website is unique to that website.
HTML – The Building Block of the WEB
All websites include computer code written in a programming language called HTML. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. HTML defines and describes the content of a webpage. It is the most basic building block of a Web. Every website has HTML. While experienced and skilled website designers are trained in HTML, you don’t have to study computer science in order to build your website. There are a couple of options available to the novice who wants to experiment.
You can use a content manager like WordPress to create your website pages. It takes a little practice, and there are a lot of tutorials available on the WEB, but soon you will be writing website pages rapidly. One advantage of WordPress is that the post editor (like the word-processor) has a regular text side and an HTML side. So, you can write and design (layout, add videos, images, etc.) you content on the text side of the editor in regular language and sentences. In WordPress, you can then click a simple tab and look at the HTML side of the editor. The HTML side automatically translate you regular words, images, and videos into HTML. You can go back and forth between the two sides. At Website Hosting Store we provide you with a free Apps installer that will install WordPress and a number of other content management solutions free of charge. So, if you have a domain name and you are ready to set up your own website, then all you need to pay for is the hosting of the website. Our apps installer will install your WordPress website free of charge.
If you’re not using wordpress, you can write your content in plain text language like you would in a word processor. However, if you do, you have to go to an HTML translator/cleaner to change your text into HTML. The cleaning part is important because a regular word processor inputs invisible code into your articles. The HTML cleaner removes unnecessary code that could interfere with the display of your web page.
WEB Hosting Servers
Your browser is designed to use this code to stick all those files together into a website you can see on your screen. So think of these files as pieces of a puzzle and think of the code like instruction on how to talk Now all these files and the code need a place to be stored. Just like music or picture files on your computer at home, website files take up space. That’s where web hosting servers come in. Web hosting servers are just super powerful computers. They look a little different than what most of us have at home. There’s no mouse or keyboard, and there’s no display monitor. The reason why there are no monitors to display content on is that these computers or servers have just one purpose. That purpose is to serve as a place for websites to be stored and accessed. At Website Hosting Store, we provide the servers for you to host your website on.
What is the Role of Servers
These computers are called servers not so much because of what they are but more because of what they do. They serve data. They just have a lot of extra hard drive and processing and take a lot more power to run. And they’re flat. That’s so they can be stacked. Website Hosting Store is powered by thousands of these servers in several data centers.
DNS – A Phone Book for Websites
Now lastly, how do websites stored on these servers get to your computer at home. Well, when you look up a website, you open up a browser, type in the website or domain name, and press enter. Behind the scenes, your computer then goes online to find the server where that particular website is stored by using what’s called the domain name system or DNS. Similar to how a building has an address, The DNS maintains a list of which websites are on which servers . The DNS then tells your computer where the websites are. So, think of a DNS as a phone book for websites.
Once your computer finds the server, it connects, gets the files and HTML code, and then your browser puts it altogether into a website that you can and use.
Domain Name and Website
There is a difference between a domain name And website. If you’re new to websites and web hostings, we’ll walk you through the difference between a domain name and website. You may have thought about promoting your business or cause on the internet but haven’t really understood some of the basics. A domain name and website are closely related. However, domains are very different from websites. You must buy a domain name in order to host a website and make it visible to the public. While you need to have a domain name in order to have a website, you don’t necessarily have to have a website if you have a domain.
Register A Domain
After registering a domain, you need to do something with it. Put it to work for you. Your domain can be used for a website, for an email account, or for both. You can, however, register a domain and choose NOT to use it for a website or an email account, BUT you can’t have a website or a dedicated email account without a domain. You can, of course, have a public email account at Gmail or Yahoo, etc. When used for a website, your domain name is what people type into their browser to find your site — this is why they are sometimes referred to as web addresses. For example, websitehostingstore.com is the domain used for Website Hosting Store’s website.
Build A Website
Registering a domain, however, doesn’t automatically create a website — it only means that you’ve registered the domain. So for example, if you decided to start your own business and you thought of great name for it, you might copyright the name to protect it. However, simply giving your business a name is only one of many steps that go into building your business. In the same manner, when you register a domain and want to use it for a website, you’ll need to build the website, and find a host for it, so it can be visible on the Web. Ideally, you will find the host, first, then build the website on that host. However, you can build the website on one host and later move that website to a different host.
What’s a host? Website hosts are companies that house, serve, and maintain files for one or more websites. Think of a website hosting company like a shopping center that contains several individual stores. If you want to open a store at the shopping center, you can lease space and set up shop. Just like a shopping center, website hosting companies enable you to lease space on their web servers, where you can store your website files and make them available for visitors to view. Because you’ve registered your domain, you can use it to build your website at Website Hosting Store or any web hosting company you want.
Moving Your Website to a New Location
Remember your store in the shopping center? Suppose you decided to move your store and lease space at a different shopping center. If you packed up your products and moved to a new location, you would still be able to use the same name for your store. The same is true for your domain — regardless of where you decided to host your website’s files, your domain remains yours for the duration of your registration.
Website Hosting Store
Website Hosting Store is a website hosting company. We can host your website and use our infrastructure and tools to help you build your website. If you invest in one of our hosting plans, we can help you build a website and get it on the internet. Do you already have a domain name? So, if you already have your domain name, you’re one step closer to having your own website. If you don’t already have a domain name, you can get one here at Godaddy. You can also get a domain name at 1&1, Namecheap, or several other domain registrars.
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