Whether you are developing a website to grow business or for fun, you need to be well versed with the latest technology. Being aware of the trends will not only help you better establish a website but will also aid you in achieving your long term goals better.
So, whether to earn bucks or for recreational purpose, here is a concise but exhaustive list of things you need to know before setting up a website –
Server is a must
You need a server to run a website just like you need gasoline to run a truck.
A server is an underlying computer that stores and transmits millions of bytes of data which the client views in the form of a website.
The market today is inundated with various types of servers, all catering to the varied demands. Since, at the start, your website will only have a few thousand visitors every month, you should start with a basic, no-frills shared server. As your business grows you can always move to the more advanced ones and finally to dedicated server hosting.
Buy a domain
Having a domain is as essential as having a server. Just like an address helps clients locate your office, domain name helps visitors locate your website. Without a domain name, visitors would never know which websites belongs to whom.
It makes sense to have a domain name that is exactly the same as your company name, as it helps better establish your website’s authenticity.
Domain name different from the company name will not only baffle your clients, but will also lead to customers misinterpreting you as some other firm.
Choose your language wisely
The language you grow up learning often defines your personality.
Even websites are no exceptions to this rule except that ‘language’ here means programming. If you are writing a minimalist website, HTML will do the work. However, for dynamic websites, you have no other choice but to write on PHP.
Dynamic or Static – know your need
You cannot choose a language unless you know whether you need a dynamic or static website.
Static websites are minimalist in design and the site’s contents remain more or less the same for every user.
Dynamic websites, on the other hand, connect to a database to retrieve contents, enabling them to vary their state as per the user’s requirement.
Dynamic websites are to be written in PHP and are much easier to manage and customize, given that the database is easier to change than changing code lines. Static websites are HTML coded. So, what appears on the website is what you code in HTML.
Changes as minor as texts require modifying the HTML code, which often becomes the roadblock in customizability. However, because of its simplicity, static websites are faster and load promptly when compared to their dynamic counterparts.
Hire a designer
No matter how robust the underlying codes are, your website will not attract any visitor unless it has an equally robust graphics.
The interface has to be such that it is basic and yet as intuitive as possible.
Icons should easily be able to convey the underpinning operations. While you know what any visitor wants from your site, a designer knows what visitors want to see. There is virtually no alternative to hiring a web designer.
An intuitive graphic is often the make-or-break factor in deciding whether a visitor stays or abandons your site. In the slit-throat competition that exists today, you would not want to leave any stone unturned by not hiring a designer.
Leave no ends loose – have chatbots
It is a good practice to incorporate chatbots in your website. Not only will chatbots help in making your site more user-friendly, but will also reduce the cost you would have otherwise spent on manpower.
There are a lot of things to adorn your site with. To leverage your site to its max possible limits, you need to embellish it with as many features as may attract the best online crowd.