Technical requirements for your website
Creating a website is no longer the big operation it once was. In general, you will need the following things:
- An editing program to create your website
- Web space to store your site’s files (a type of hard drive on the internet)
- A program to communicate with your web space (called an FTP client)
- An address where your website can be found (known as a domain)
Here are two different ways to create your own website.
Beginners: Create a website with a website builder
A relatively new way for beginners to create their own website is using a website builder. The advantage of this lies in its ease of use. You will generally get your domain, web space and editing program from a single provider.
The best packages out there are so comprehensive that you don’t need to worry about the technical side of things at all. Many come with a free entry-level plan to sweeten the deal. Read on for the advantages and disadvantages of such website builders.
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Techies: Create a website using an editor and a hosting plan
The traditional way to create a website is to choose a hosting plan with web space and a domain, build your site with a suitable editing program and then upload the files to your chosen web space.
This option gives you and your website a great deal of flexibility, but you do need at least a basic understanding of the technical side of things, including HTML.
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