Hi and welcome to Zackdesignz.com! I am Muhammad Zahid a.k.a Mr Zack, founder of Zackdesignz.com. We do website building, tweaks on your websites and support your business on a regular basis. We focus on new business startups which require a simple online presence fast.
On that note, especially for those who are completely new to this I would like to introduce you to setting up a website. There are 3 components. They are:
- Domain name
Webhosting is the place where you keep all your online stuff such as the website and databases. Without webhosting your website cannot exist. There are several good webhosting companies that provide this. Some of the highly regarded ones are:
I recommend using shared hosting as it is usually enough for a startup business requiring a simple website. When your business has grown and your website have grown more complex having many valuable clients using it then dedicated hosting is the way to go. Do read up their offers and decide which is the best for you.
There are also companies that provide free web hosting alongside paid webhosting. They allow you to sign up with a free sub-domain and free shared webhosting but with limited features. Be warned though, these services may delete your website if your website does not have traffic or is detected as used for storage purposes only. There are probably more criteria to have your website deleted. Bandwidth wise, when other paid users have a lot of traffic and require more bandwidth, bandwidth allocation will be prioritized to the paid users. Below are links to such services.
If you are smart enough, you can utilize these services. Personally, I have used these free webhosting services to test out new ideas, create new websites to learn and test out new technologies and also hobby/side projects where I feel that it’s unnecessary to pay for. But for businesses, you definitely must go for paid webhosting.
A domain name is a unique name of your website on the Internet. I’m sure you have used Facebook.com, Twitter.com and this website: zackdesignz.com. These are domain names. You might also have noticed that each domain name ends with .com letters. These are called TLDs – Top Level Domains and there are several possible TLDs. When you buy your domain name, you must choose one of them. Most popular TLDs are as follows:
- .com and .biz – originally intended for “commercial” websites, but now used for all types of websites. Whenever possible, you should get a .com domain because people are most familiar with them.
- .info – intended for informational websites (news, directories, etc).
- .org – intended for non-profit organizations
- .net – intended for companies offering hosting, Internet access, and other Internet-related services.
- .name – intended for personal homepages.
- Country TLDs. Each country has a domain ending associated with it. For example, Germany has a TLD .de, France has .fr and Singapore has .sg. You should consider buying a country-specific domain if you expect that most visitors to your website will be from a specific country, because they will be most familiar with their country’s TLD.
Most companies use .com. Afterall com is short for company. There are also unique TLDs too like .host as shown and .tk shown in the portfolio page. Some of this TLDs are really expensive while others are completely free. Having a custom TLD can bring a sense of being unique to it and in some cases even personal branding such as how about.me is doing it. It all depends on your type of business.
I personally use namecheap.com to buy my domain names. Its easy and fast and it also provides webhosting sevices.
There are three ways I know to go about building your website, two of which I can do for you. Creating a website with a custom design unlike other websites out there or set up CMS websites. CMS websites powered by Content Management System. These kind of website allows users to easily manage their website content most popularly in the form of blogs such as WordPress and Drupal. The third way to build your website is probably the most expensive because at this level, businesses may require websites to do more complex task. It’s like building your own facebook.com or your own ecommerce website like ebay.com or amazon.com. These kind of task require skilled professionals to build your website. Some webhosting services also provide website designing services. Do check with them and go get your great website up!
I hope this short article can help you on your stepping stones to creating a great website. If you are interested to get your online presence up contact me here.