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Beginner ' s Guide: How to Build a Website or Blog

Whether you're setting up your first blog, or you're looking to improve on a site you've already started, A Small Orange's detailed guide, How To Build A Website Or Blog, will provide you with all the information you need to choose a domain name, select a web host, design your website, manage your content, even attract visitors. Below is a preview of our complete E-Book.   To download your complete Beginner's Guide, click the following link: Download the Beginner's Guide.  

Selecting & Purchasing a Domain Name domain name web business internet concept url vector

Once your domain name has been selected, it cannot be changed. You'll either have to wait until the domain name expires to set up a new one, or you'll have to register a second domain, so it's important to choose wisely! Domain names have two parts: the root and the extension. The extension is also known as the top-level domain (TLD). The root consists of the one, two, three, or more words that you use to name your site. The TLD consists of the letters that make up the ending. So for, A Small Orange is the root and .com is the TLD.  

Different Types of Hosting

Web hosting companies typically offer a few different hosting types.  

Shared Hosting – If we continue with the filing cabinet analogy, shared hosting means that you get a folder within a filing cabinet. You're sharing the filing cabinet with what may be hundreds of other folders containing hundreds of other websites. This option tends to be the most popular option amongst individuals, businesses, and organizations because it meets most websites' needs at an extremely affordable price. Unfortunately, it also comes with a few drawbacks.

Sharing space with other websites also means sharing resources. You'll have limits on things like the amount of storage you can use, the amount of traffic you can accommodate, and the type of software you can implement.   VPS – Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting is like having a drawer to the filing cabinet all to yourself. You're still sharing the filing cabinet with a few other websites, but you'll have a bit more flexibility with what you're able to do. It's important to remember that increased freedom comes with increased responsibilities: your web hosting company will still be able to assist you with most technical issues, but probably not all of them. While VPS hosting is cheaper than dedicated hosting, it's still significantly more expensive than shared hosting, so it's not recommended unless shared hosting no longer suits your needs.  

Dedicated Hosting – Dedicated hosting is like having a whole filing cabinet with your name on it, and you are the only website in it. The next step up after VPS hosting, dedicated hosting offers the maximum customization and the maximum performance… as well as the maximum cost and maximum responsibility. Those who choose to go with dedicated hosting will either need to have some tech skills to set up, maintain and repair their server, or the ability to hire a server administrator who is capable of performing these duties.  

Cloud Hosting - A somewhat new and increasingly popular hosting option that can be used as an alternative to shared, VPS or dedicated hosting, cloud hosting is like having portions of your website spread out across lots of different filing cabinets that are all connected to one another. Cloud hosting is able to accommodate a website's growing or decreasing needs rather quickly. It can also be more reliable than other hosting options. Unfortunately, the problems that do arise with cloud hosting can be difficult and time-consuming to resolve.  

Managed Hosting – With managed hosting, you can have the benefits of a whole drawer to the filing cabinet (VPS hosting) or the entire filing cabinet (dedicated hosting) without having to worry about set up, maintenance or technical issues because your hosting company gives your filing cabinet a management team. With admin privileges, you'll only be as involved as you want to be.  

Basic Needs For Your Site   Cloud storage concept design with flat modern icons Now that you know a little bit about the types of hosting packages available, (shared, VPS, dedicated, etc.), you'll have to decide what level package will provide you with the best support. As you may have read earlier, each hosting type is offered at several different tiers, so you're only paying for the support that your website needs.

The amount of bandwidth, the amount of storage, and the number of domains are just a few things that will set each tier apart.  

Bandwidth: The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines bandwidth as a measurement of the ability of an electronic communications device or system to send and receive information. That sounds pretty technical, so let's break it down: If you think back to the preface of this ebook when you read about how the internet works, you remember that everything you do online requires the sending and receiving of messages. Now imagine those messages have to travel through a tunnel. The amount of bandwidth refers to the thickness or thinness of that tunnel. A thicker tunnel (more bandwidth) will accommodate more messages in a shorter amount of time than a thinner tunnel (less bandwidth). A high-traffic business website will require more bandwidth than a personal blog.  

Storage Space: As you read earlier in this chapter, your website will be stored on a server that's operated by your web hosting company. All the little pieces that make up your website (text files, images, folders, databases) as well as all of your email messages take up space on the server. So if we think back to the filing cabinet analogy, your website's storage space refers to the size of the folder, drawer or filing cabinet that’s available to you.  

Number of Domains: Your web hosting company will specify the number of domains you can manage at each tier of each hosting package. It may be just one or it may be 50! Rustic wooden sign in an autumn park with the words Professional - Amateur with arrows pointing in opposite directions in a conceptual image.  

Like what you've read? To download your complete Beginner's Guide, click the following link: Download the Beginner's Guide.



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