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Web Hosting? DNS? CMS? SSL? What Does it all Mean?

Buying a website can be a very confusing process! You may have heard your web provider talking about web hosting, website software or Content Management Systems (CMS), website content and design, domain names (DNS) or SSL certificates and each one will often come with its own price tag. It can all get a bit overwhelming and we can understand why.

Here we have broken down a few of the website build steps to really help you understand what each of the sections mean and why they are important. A website build could be compared to the process of building a new home. You may think that the first step of a house build will be deciding on how you would like the design to look and how different areas will function. However, before you have even decided on the design of the house, you will have already decided on where you would like your new home to be situated and you may have also decided on a name, this is all very similar to how a new website will be set up.

Web Hosting

This may not be the first thing you think of when you decide to get a website, however think of web hosting as the plot of land where your house will be built. When your website goes live, you will buy a small area on the internet where your website and all its content will be stored, this is referred to as web hosting. The actual area that the website will be stored is called a web server, the server will allow your website to be visible on the internet and will ensure that all of the content and changes that are made to your website are saved and stored. Most website companies will often offer web hosting services, as they will provide server space for your website so that you don't have to worry about it. The web server will work in conjunction with your CMS system, whether that is WebBoss.io, WordPress or something similar. Just like the plot of land is crucial for building a house, so is web hosting. Web hosting is simply just a way of storing and presenting your website on the internet. Luckily, if you choose WebBoss to design and build your website we will automatically pick you the best plot, so you don't need to worry!

Website Building Software

You may have heard of different website builders such as Wix, Wordpress and Squarespace, well WebBoss Websites uses its very own custom Content Management System (CMS) which is a type of website builder that allows the user easy access to change and manage the content on the website. The website builder is similar to the building materials that you would use to build a house, they provide the framework into which you add your design and content. Similar to building a house there are lots of different components that go together to create a seamless frame. For a house these may be bricks, cement, cables and piping, for websites this consists of various coding languages.

 

Website Design and Content

Finally we come to website design and content. This is usually the first step you may think of when you decide on buying a new website, especially once you have found the perfect website provider. The design and content can be compared to the interior design of your new house, the wallpaper and paint is your design, the furniture your content. You will probably want your house to look and function in a certain way for example, you may want your kitchen to exist in a particular section of the house and you may want the colour schemes to match throughout. You may also want a bathroom downstairs so that it's more convenient for yourself or for your guests; this will also be reflected in your website's design. Depending on whether the website will be used for business or personal use, you will probably have a vision in your mind of how you would like the website to look and function. Similarly to a house, you will want your website to be easy to navigate and include some practical functionality. You're unlikely to access your kitchen through a cupboard leading from your bathroom, now that would be silly! The same goes for your website, especially if you are a business as it will be crucial that your website is easy to navigate for your users. This is where your designer will be able to guide you when creating your perfect space. Once they have created the perfect space you can start adding your furniture; your website content. When you move house you often take furniture that you know and love with you, your website content is the same. The designer will be able to advise on where to put it, but no one knows your content as well as you, which is why we will normally ask you to provide your text and image content, be this preexisting or brand new! Just like furniture and decoration can make a house a home, content will complete your website so it is worth spending a little bit of time finding the best bits!

 

 

Domain Names (DNS)

Finally your house is built and ready for you to move in, but first you need to name it to complete your address. Your domain name can be compared to your house name for your new home, once you have your plot of land where your new house will sit and you have your house built and designed exactly how you would like it, you will want people to be able to find your new location, you will be able to give your house a name and you will be assigned a postcode, area and street address. This is similar to how domains work, once your website is ready to go live you will need to register a chosen domain name, that's assuming that the name is not already registered. Your domain name will usually include your company name followed by a, '.co.uk' or '.com' depending on which country your company is in. This will act like a postcode, people will be able to enter your domain name and then your website will come up. This works similar to when you put a postcode into a sat nav or Google Maps, think of the sat nav like a browser, when you type the name of your business into the browser your website will be visible and people can then come and visit it. WebBoss Websites are able to register a domain name for you, but depending on your website provider, you will usually have to register a domain name yourself through domain name registrars such as, 123Reg.

SSL Certificates

So there you go; your house is built, decorated and named, and you're ready to invite people round for a house-warming party! As extra protection once you are ready to go live with your website, we install an SSL certificate (this is standard on all of our websites), this is like your new installed security system that will ensure that you and your visitors are kept safe.

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