Website meaning: A website is a collection of web pages and related content located under a single domain name, typically produced by a person or organization and published at least on one web server.
Notable examples are wikipedia.org, google.com, amazon.com
Let's see all the different aspects one by one to know while building a website.
Benefits of Having a Website
Today, having a website is as crucial as having a shop, office or telephone number. People expect brands to have their content online. If you own or operate a business that hasn't taken that step into the online world. The following are important website benefits if a person or business or company has.
#1 Online Presence 24/7
Having a website means customers are always able to find you – anytime, anywhere. Even outside of business hours, your website continues to find and secure new customers. It offers the user convenience as they can access the information they need in the comfort of their own home, with no added pressure to buy. Plus, as most companies or businesses nowadays have their own website, there’s every chance you could be losing customers to your competitors by staying offline.
#2 Information Exchange
At its simplest, a website provides a quick and easy way of communicating information between buyers and sellers. You can list your opening hours, contact information, show images of your location or products, and use contact forms to facilitate enquiries from potential customers or feedback from existing ones.
In today’s modern world, there is an expectation for any reputable company or business to have some kind of online presence. Potential customers would likely be distrusting of any business or company that didn't have a telephone number or a physical address, and the same can be said for not having a website and email address. Having a good quality, easy-to-use website makes customers feel comfortable using your services, as they will assume they can expect the same positive experience in all areas of your business or company.
#4 It Cuts Costs
As well as simply displaying information, you can also use your website to sell goods & services directly to consumers, in some cases removing the need to use stores that involve large operating costs such as staff wages, rent, utilities to name just a few. Eliminating these overheads will also allow you to lower your prices, giving your business that real competitive edge.
#5 Market Expansion
As your site is accessible to anyone all over the world, the ability to break through geographical barriers has never been easier. Anyone, from any country, will be able to find your company and as such, is now a potential customer.
#6 Growth Opportunity
in general, Websites, are great ways to provide a place that potential investors can be referred to. It shows what your company or business is all about, what it has achieved and what it can achieve in the future.
Different methods to build a website
1. Free Website Builders
Probably the simplest to use. It takes minimal cost but sacrifices not only on quality…but also the functionality. Meaning, we are very restricted to the type of content we can put on the website. These are for very basic 1-3 page websites.
Examples: vodahost, godaddy, moonfruit and so on.
2. Template Websites
The majority of the cost involved in building a website is in Design. So, logically, by using a Template Website for the design of our website, we essentially cut a large portion of our cost and time and get a pretty good quality website. The only drawback of using template sites is we will generally not have the knowledge to customize it to our needs. Meaning we are going to have to either learn how to or hire a programmer.
Examples: WebSite Tonight, BigCommerce, Monster Template and so on.
3. WordPress Websites (blog/cms)
WordPress is actually a “Weblog” (Blog), however, it is also the BEST content management system (CMS) for business websites.
Most don’t use the “blog” part, but just create actual website pages with it.
- Top reasons to use WordPress
- FREE and Open Source: The core of the WordPress CMS is Free and comes standard in most hosting accounts (Fantastico). - Easy to Use: If you have used Microsoft Word or set up a Facebook / Myspace account then you can build a website with WordPress
- Huge online community: Many online resources to help you. Tutorials, Cheap coders, Plug-ins to add more functionality than you will ever need.
- Awesome SEO(Search Engine Optimization): WordPress in inherently built to optimize your website for search engine results. That means you have a much better chance of getting your site to land on the first page in a Google search.
Examples: bbcamerica, sonymusic, thenewyorktimes, DigitalDeepak.com and so on
4. Do-It-Yourself Websites
Well, if we have the time, but not the money and we are looking for something we can build for ourselves, and also develop a pretty handy skill set.
For example - https://jagadishpatil.netlify.app/
5. Professional Web Design
If we don’t have the time to learn how to build a website, need to have the website to function in a certain way or have a specific look…and we have a budget, then we can outsource the work.
Different layers of website development
The following layers are most important and those will be present in any kind of website development directly or indirectly.
Hosting - Hosting is nothing but where data is stored. Meaning where the website is stored.
Database - Database means how data is stored.
Logic - Logic says how data is processed.
API - Application Programming Interface shows how data is fetched.
UI - User Interface shows how data is presented in front of the user.
Here, data is nothing but the website
Different Types of Websites
- E-commerce Websites
- Media Websites
- Portfolio Websites
- Business Websites
- Educational Websites
- Web Portals
- Entertainment Websites
- Infopreneur Websites
- Wiki or Community Forum Websites
I hope you have understood some aspects to know while building a website.
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