Starting a website, like any project, involves preparation and have a goal. Whatever that goal is, you need to at least have the necessary preparation in creating a website. In this post you will find out about the three basic things you need to prepare before you start building a website. To become more organized and effective in starting and maintaining a website, here are a few things you need to prepare before you start.
1.) Knowledge and Dedication to Learn Starting a Website
You must have the knowledge and willingness to learn. This task requires you to at least have the interest and learning skills to absorb all necessary information that you’ll encounter in building a website. Maintaining a website requires you to at least know some “basics of programming”. With that, you will be able to learn new languages or schemes used in web development. Moreover, you should at least have an idea of what a website is, its composition, and how it works.
Websites are hosted on at least one web server, and reachable via network such as the Internet or private local area network (LAN). Basically, websites are composed of web pages. It is composed of a collection of related web pages, images, videos or other digital resources that are addressed relative to a common Uniform Resource Locator (URL). A web page is a document connected to the World Wide Web and viewable by anyone connected to the Internet thru a web browser. It is typically written in plain text combined with formatting instructions of HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Don’t worry about those cryptic code that intimidates a lot of people who are new in this matter, you will actually learn them in the process. In starting a website, specifically in the web page creation process, there are basically two approaches to accomplish it – by coding and no coding method. Yes, you can actually create a web page even you don’t know how to code it.
- You Don’t Have to Code Everything – If you’re not interested in coding or programming, then here’s another option – to use web development tools that don’t require programming. These tools includes a WYSIWYG interface (WYSIWYG is an acronym for “What You See Is What You Get”) together with a drag-and-drop designer. All you have to do when using such program is more of drag-and-drop of elements on a web page document. That is, these tools have features and functions that allow you to simultaneously see your web page design while editing it. Those might be enough, but to enable your website grow and get used to the evolution of the Internet, having knowledge on how websites work is a minimum requirement. It is not necessary that you have an advanced knowledge at the start. In fact, you can build a website immediately without programming as long as you know how to follow procedures. You will continuously learn while you create and maintain your website.
Bear in mind that you won’t have to code all your website programs from scratch. You will be amazed that there are plenty of software, scripts and tools today that will assist you in developing a website easily. There are a number of templates and themes for you to work around. In addition, a lot of free community developed scripts and plug-ins are also available on the web which you can add on your existing programs. Generally, these are performed automatically. For most small to medium scale websites, you will only need programming awareness when modifying and troubleshooting your website scripts. You actually don’t do all the hard-coding of everything all the time.
2.) Dedicated Email Address
You will be dealing with a website here, which means you will do a lot of transactions online from starting and maintaining a website. Therefore, you need to create a dedicated email address which you will use for sending and receiving emails on all your Internet transactions.
There are plenty of email service providers out there who offer free email services to everyone. You may choose from free email services such as GMail, Yahoo!Mail, Hotmail, AOL Mail or any similar email services on the web. Sign-up for a new account, then use it exclusively for your website-related dealings.
3.) Online Payment Processor
One important thing to have if you plan to have a project online is to get another means for paying and receiving payments over the Internet. That is, you need to have an online payment processor solely for your website-related transactions. You will use this for registering your domain name, sending payments to website hosting services. And if you plan to monetize your website, you may also use this for receiving payments you earned from advertisements, earnings from affiliate programs and even from donations to your website.
Listed below are three common payment processors available in almost any country around the globe. Choose then register to your preferred service provider.
- PayPal – Based in the United States, PayPal is a very popular online payment processor who offers easier way to pay and get paid over the Internet. It is an e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Their service allows you to pay in any way you prefer, including through credit cards, bank accounts, and account balances without sharing your financial information on all your online transactions. This mode of payment is widely utilized by various websites, website-related services, and online merchants. You only need to provide your PayPal-registered email address during transactions.
Though PayPal is offered in almost all countries around the world, there are still regions that their services are not available. If you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you may register one on their site.
- AlertPay – AlertPay is another online payment service provider similar to PayPal. AlertPay was founded to facilitate safe instant payments between individuals and online businesses. It is a good option for people and merchants from countries where PayPal is not available. Similar to PayPal, you’ll only provide your AlertPay-registered email address when transacting online. You may register an AlertPay account here.
- Credit Card – You know what this is, the plastic card you often use to buy goods and services. It’s not really the card that you are using to buy online; it’s the card number and the information within the card. You can use it online by providing your card number to products and service providers on the Internet. Unlike the two online payment processors above, you will have to provide your credit card number and other details when you transact online.
There are a lot more online payment processors available on the web today. In any services that you’re paying online, choose what you prefer and comfortable to use, and make use of it for all your online deals.
That’s it! Knowledge, a dedicated email and an online payment processor are the basic ingredients that you need in starting and maintaining your own website. You can leave them out, but these three are essential for you to become more organized and successful in managing a website.
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