This title can be really confusing to your average Joe out there, who has his own business and really wants to get on the internet to make himself known.
There are so many things to know about buying a domain, who to have host it, and then who to have make the actual site (DIY or paid), and that doesn’t even touch things considered to be “add-ons” so we thought it would be helpful for people to learn about the sorts of things to do when going for a domain/site and the things to avoid.
The exciting part is getting to pick styling and color schemes, to really get to the heart of the site and making sure it matches all your dreams for what you want to represent you online. Don’t get caught up with that stuff just yet though, because there are some important things that have to happen first. Like any great building, it needs a foundation first!
A platform is just what it sounds like, it is the thing you build on. Back some years ago now, people could only use things like HTML and CMS to build a site, and it was cumbersome, expensive and very difficult to get right. That left the only people making websites being professionals who learned from many mistakes, and due to the time it took, websites were costly purchases.
A platform is offered through companies like WordPress, which is a content management system that you might hear abbreviated to CMS. WordPress has made it possible for anyone to create a website using their own tools. They provide the platform and you build on that platform and manage the content.
According to OpenSourceCMS.com, in 2016 so far, the most popular site building platforms were: WordPress at 50.07%, Drupal at 17.07%, and Joomla at 6.44%. Any of these platforms will work to get a website up, but WordPress tends to take the lion’s share because of its ease of use, ability to handle large and small sites, its responsiveness (mobile-friendly automatically) and ability to be used by any skill level person. Beginners love WordPress, and the next one in difficulty is Joomla, but it does require some technical coding work to get it working just the way you want. This platform is best for online storefronts. Drupal is the most complicated of these platforms, but it’s pretty potent. It is popular among web developers and coders, but it takes a lot of time to learn and get good at, so it’s best left to the pros.
These days, website design can be done in a variety of ways. The best way to get a quality website is still, hands down, getting a web designer like Magiweb to do it for you – because they will take all the burden of the design process off your hands, and you can leave the complications to them. The best way to do this is to select who you want to make your site, and find out what they will charge for what you want. Let them know what colors and elements you might like to see on your site, but do keep in mind that the flashier you get, the more the costs will rise because many design elements that do those things cost quite a bit. Also know that some things that you can dream up in your mind are impossible to create on a website, and that settling for something else that is close is the reality of web design.