What things do I need to start a website?

Starting a website can seem like a daunting task, but it's much simpler than you might think, especially with today's modern technology and the advanced capabilities of the internet.

A website is mainly composed of two things: web hosting and a domain name.

You'll need hosting for a place to store the content of your website — your site files, images, emails, design elements, articles, etc. All these things take up disk space, just like your documents take up space on your personal computer's disk.

While the files on your hard drive are only visible from your computer, the files on a server's hard drive are visible to anyone with internet access. Without hosting, you wouldn't have any server space, and you wouldn't have anywhere to store your files where they can be seen by people online.

When people type in your domain name, that domain name connects to the section of the server that contains your site files, and displays them to the visitor.

This is why you need the second part of a website: the domain name.

A domain name is just a string of text and an extension that you can set up to correspond to your hosting. Domain names are configured to point to a specific folder (corresponding to the domain) on a specific server connected to the internet. It's like a street address.

Without a domain name, the "address" of your site would look something like this: 244.224.93.136/dYqj9hx2ePa0

Which is not exactly easy to remember. Instead, we use domain names that you can choose yourself to simplify what visitors need to type in to go to your website. You can use your own name, your company name, or anything you want, as long as it's still available.

You also get to pick your TLD (domain extension) — either a standard one like .com or a premium TLD, like .photos or .store

Once you have a domain name and hosting set up and configured, and you've designed and published/uploaded your site files, then you have a website!

There are plenty of other aspects to a website — an SSL, domain privacy, spam filters, addon domains — but as long as you have a domain and hosting, you have a website.


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