Melbourne, Australia (PressExposure) October 07, 2009 -- With the ever-expanding popularity of the Internet comes e-commerce, the exploding trend of doing business on-line. Perhaps you have witnessed first- hand the infinite power of communication, information, and marketing afforded by this awesome tool.
But how do you get from the basic concept of your own web site- to a professionally designed site, up and running on your own domain? The following information may helpful.
Planning Your Web Site!
Some questions you need to answer before developing your own custom web site design are:
Fist impressions last. If your business relies on the Internet to reach potential customers, then your Web site can make or break you. Unless you have solid background in Webpage design, it's a good idea to leave your site to professionals. Hire a Web site design company to create a well-laid out, professional-looking Web site and your customers will keep coming back for more.
What Web site design companies can do for you?
Web site design companies specialize in conceptualizing the optimum layout and structure of your Web site so that you can focus on more important things. Their services usually include user interface design, flash animation creation, design of mailers and HTML e-mail, and even logo and corporate identity development (if you do not have your own logo yet). The aim is common: increase your site's usability and ease of navigation, present your products and services at clearest and most effective manner, and shorten your download times, among many others. Most of these companies do not stop at designing, though - they can also create and maintain shopping carts, put up and secure your databases, create and manage your content, and provide other services you may not have someone working for your company to do.
What to look for? Not all Web design companies are the same. Choose only those with a history of expertise, full-on customer support facilities, and a reputation for following the highest ethical standards. Make sure that their manpower possesses both the artistic and technical skills to implement the Web site design and structure you need.
Will it be a personal web site? Personal web sites usually focus on family and friends, or things such as hobbies, recent news, or "fun" things.
Will it be for conducting or promoting business? On the internet you will find an endless variety of business web sites, ranging from basic customer information type sites, to enormous ecommerce web sites like ebay or amazon.
These mega web sites require extensive inter-relational databases to enable the various aspects of the site such as on-line credit card purchasing or customer service forums to function properly, and track and record each transaction.
In addition to personal or business web design, there are educational sites, political or viewpoint sites, support or encouragement sites for any given subject, blog-type sites, and the list goes on.
Once you have decided what type of web site you want, it is necessary to develop a domain name. You should give much thought to this; the domain name should relate in some way to the subject of your web site. For instance, if you are selling baseball cards, a good name would be baseball.com, or ballcards.com. After deciding on a name, check with one of the online registries to find out if the name is available, or whether it has already been taken.
What kinds of web hosting are there?
Shared Hosting - Most websites are not huge affairs with hundreds of pages and thousands of files and graphics, and they are targeted toward a particular audience, so they will not get as many visitors as the large general sites like Yahoo! that are targeted at everybody who uses the internet. As such, the average website therefore is not going to require the full resources of an entire web server to run it. Web servers are designed to be able to handle dozens, even hundreds of websites at once because they are powerful machines.
Shared hosting is simply the concept of hosting more than one website on a particular server. Over 95% of all websites on the internet are being run in a shared hosting environment. Since the resources of the server can be split among the clients hosted on it, so can the costs of operating the server, so shared hosting is universally cheaper than any other type. Shared hosting packages are generally designed so that each client is allotted a certain amount of each resource, with different payment levels representing different amounts of resources such as disk space, bandwidth, email addresses, and so on. Shared hosting is also known as virtual hosting.