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Creating a website – 4 basic steps

Creating a website is an easy process. Follow these 4 basic steps, and you will get your site up and running in no time.

​1. Register your domain name

If you already have a business going on, this might be an easier task. Try to find an available domain name, similar or the same as your company’s name. Don’t try any misspelled version of your brand because this might confuse your clients. There are plenty of gTLDs. Don’t limit your search to just .com. You might find a very good option with a new one. Just pay attention to the register and the renewal fees.

If your business is new, then think about a short and memorable domain name that could become your brand. Think about keywords that are related to your business, products, or services and try different combinations. Find a great one and get it from a domain registrar.

Think about from which country the registrar is. If it is not from yours, there might be different taxes applying.

​2. Find a web hosting company

The second step of creating a website is to find the right web hosting. Now ask yourself, what is the purpose of the website? Is it just your company’s web presence, or will it be an e-commerce site?

Think about how many resources you need, and it won’t be so hard to choose the right type of web hosting.

A shared web hosting is usually good for a basic site with not so many visitors.

If you want to run an online shop, it would be better to choose VPS (virtual private server). It will have dedicated resources for you that you don’t share with the rest.

There are also various cloud solutions, but you should check what exactly do they promise. For example, are there dedicated resources, or will you share everything with your neighbors?

It is also important to think about the physical location of the server. As closer it is to your potential clients, the better.

Web hosting from your country might be a good choice.

​3. Prepare your content

Here you have 3 choices:

  1. First, do it yourself. You can think about the structure of your site – menus, categories, articles, texts, items, products, etc. Write the content following SEO rules and content structure. Find images that you can legally use for your needs.
  2. A variant is to use a digital agency. A company that is dedicated to creating websites and content for them. This option might be better, but it might cost a lot, so think it well.
  3. Hire a freelancer. There are many available writers out there that will charge a lot less than an agency, and there is a good chance it will be better quality.

Whatever you decide, you still need to be engaged in the content and work to get it right.

​4. Build your website

Again the same 3 options will be in front of you:

  1. Do it yourself. It is fairly easy to install a content management system like WordPress. Then you can expand the functionality with extra extensions and make it pretty with a custom theme. It takes some time, but in general, most people can do it.
  2. Agency. You can get a complete deal of content, website building, and digital marketing together. Everything to create a website and start using it right away. Again, just think about the price and don’t get surprised at the end.
  3. Freelancer. There are freelancers who only create sites. If you are thinking about a custom website with unique features or designs, this option might be the best one. Find references for the person you are hiring and not blindly trust them.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and create your website today! Your clients are already waiting for it!

Shared hosting explained

Do you have a great online business in mind? You can already visualize the website, its functions, its design… Well, without a web hosting service, it won’t be possible on the Internet. 

Yes, websites are available online because they are hosted on a server. Therefore, one of the necessary steps to start your business is to choose the type of web hosting that best suits your needs and a provider. 

Why do I need web hosting?

If you are still wondering why, the reason is that a site is created from many elements: codes, themes, database, text, images, videos, etc. And for all of them to be available online as a website, they have to be stored on a server connected to the Internet.

And that’s exactly what a web hosting service means, a vendor that provides you the space you require for storing all the files that integrate your website. Once hosted, every person with an Internet connection can visit it.

What is shared hosting?

Shared hosting is the type of service in which your website will be saved in a server with many other websites. The server is not only for you. Its space and all the resources it offers (RAM, storage, processor, bandwidth…) are shared by all the websites living in it.

Providers offer different types of web hosting and a variety of plans. Based on what you choose, the resources and possibilities your website will have.

Advantages of shared hosting.

  • Cost-efficient. Sharing the server’s space and resources with other websites means sharing the cost too. In general terms, you can get this service by paying an average, 3 to 10 dollars per month for a basic plan. Initial prices can be really cheap, but always check regular prices before signing a contract. Sometimes, the initial cost can go double or higher after the first year. 
  • User-friendly. Not only to set it up but also to manage its features can be a matter of just a click. You don’t have to be a professional developer to manage it. If you are, for sure you can easily make the best out of each of its possibilities. 
  • Built-in features for easy managing the website. cPanel, DNS management, and many more tools make it easy for you.
  • Maintenance is not on you. The time and cost of technical maintenance can be harsh for some budgets. Your provider is in charge of that task. Helping you prevent and fix issues is not a minor advantage. 
  • Customer support. Most of the providers of shared hosting include basic customer support for you. Depending on the company you choose, its quality, plans, etc., support can be basic or more advanced.

Disadvantages of shared hosting.

  • Shared resources. While living with hundreds or more websites, all the technical resources will be shared. The websites can be very different between them. Some can take much more RAM or CPU, and that definitely can affect your website’s performance.
  • Security issues. Sharing also can mean sharing risks. A neighbor site can be attacked, and its disgrace can reach your website too. Once a vulnerability is broken, one, many, or everybody’s security could be compromised.
  • No root access. The service is designed for being easily used, basically through the cPanel. Customization in this sense has limits for clients. Your provider is in charge of the biggest changes the system requires, updates, maintenance, etc.  

Conclusion.

Shared hosting is a popular, affordable, and reliable alternative. Analyze in detail the needs of your business. Then you will know if it’s or not what you need to succeed. 

IPv6 explained

What does IPv6 mean?

IPv6 is the latest version of Internet protocol (IP). These protocols are sets of rules for the devices. They are needed to achieve sending and receiving information. The exchange of data happens between a host and a recipient, which is another host. To succeed in the communication, these hosts have to be identified. Their location can be tracked with the help of their corresponding IP addresses. So, the route is established, and the exchange of data can be performed.

An interesting fact is that IPv6 is around for more than twenty years. The introduction was in 1995. The tremendous growth of devices wanting to connect to the Internet showed that IPv4 wouldn’t be able to fulfill such needs. Thus the IPv6 was created and ready to be implemented. However, people were not ready to stop using IPv4. It is a transformation that requires a long period of time to complete.

If you try to count the number of computers, smartphones, tablets, and Internet of things (IoT) that want to connect to the web, they request a unique and individual IP address every day. So, you could assume how significant is the role of IP addresses and also their daily supply.

How does the IPv6 address look like?

IPv6 addresses contain eight sequences of four hexadecimal digits. They are all separated by colons. Also, each sequence signifies 16 bits.

Here is an example with Google’s IPv6 address: 2607:f8b0:4004:0807:0000:0000:0000:200e

Why apply it?

  • You need IP addresses for domain name resolution if you have a website or a network. Perhaps you have an A DNS record, and you use IPv4 for now. Although sooner, it will accrue the need to migrate to AAAA record and IPv6.
  • Connecting several devices and IoT is much more easily. Usually, to accomplish this, you need a lot of IP addresses. To solve this, you have to use network address translation (NAT). It helps map several local private addresses to a public IP as a prior action to transfer the data. If you apply IPv6, you skip this step.
  • Suppose you want to set up network routing at your business or at home. You have to know that there is a chance that older devices may not support the new IPv6.
  • If you want to make several services available on the Internet. For example, application hosting, web hosting, etc.
  • IPv6 is 5G, and its structure is compatible with the future Internet. 

IPv4 vs. IPv6

  • Thanks to the 128-bit addresses, the new IPv6 can provide more than enough available IP addresses. 
  • Another great innovation is IPSec. It is a method of authentication, which encrypts the connection. Also, it validates the sender of the packets. So this allows the receiver to be able to check the data’s origin.
  • SLAAC – stateless address auto-configuration. When you are using IPv6 in a network, you can apply the SLAAC. It will provide a new host’s auto-configuration, and a DHCP server won’t be needed. However, DHCP can still be involved with IPv6 addresses also.
  • There is no more problem with the packets’ fragmentation. The previous IPv4 address experienced it and led to numerous difficulties.