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Custom Web Design – What’s the First Thing You Need to Know

Web design offers its own challenge. There are various ways for people to have websites. Not all websites are the same. There is a range of sophistication in the structure of websites. It all depends on the purpose of your website. Is it a personal site or is it an informational site or is it a commercial site? The question is, what are you trying to get out of this website.

If you want to talk about yourself, your family, many people find that a blog would do the job well. If you want to give information on something, like on gardening or headaches or on some music you like. Either a blog or a website would work. If you are a town or a church or a restaurant and you want to give information on who you are and your location, designing a website would be appropriate.

You can design your own website or blog. Or you can have a professional design it for you. You are free to choose that option. There are some places that will help you to create by yourself a custom website. Some of them are free. But you have very limited choices. They are easy to use once you understand how to use it.

You can always buy a few books, learn how to design a website, and then do your own. There is a steep learning curve. It takes time and frustration before you achieve a level of competency. But then you can always hire a web designer/developer to do your site for you.

Generally, web developers or designers are people who have learned various computer languages and technologies. Certainly a manager or end-user would find that some learning of these language would be beneficial. The most important language in the web is called HTML. All websites are written in HTML.

HTML is the fundamental code that allows your browsers to produce your website. Of course, everybody knows that the abbreviation www means World Wide Web. But many people confuse the web with the Internet. There is a distinction. The Internet was first created to be a link or connections. The language of this technology is HTML.

The Web on the other hand, was created later, in the early 90’s. A web has an address called a URL. That is why every website begins with “Http://www”. And end up with.com or.org or.net, etc. When we talk about the web, it is simply short for World Wide Web. We mentioned that in the address, it starts with http. What that means is Hypertext Transfer Protocol. This is a fancy terminology, which means that it is a technology developed by the CERN to transfer data to a network of computers. Those computers are called servers and they respond to requests from browsers. Browsers are programs like Internet Explorers, Mozilla Firefox.

So consider, what are you trying to get out of your website in order to know what type of web presence you should design or have someone, design for you.

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