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What Do I Need to Run a Website?

To build a website you basically need 3 things:

  1. A Domain Name
  2. Website Hosting Service
  3. Content

So what are each of these and what do they mean?

Domain Name

This is the short string that users type into the browser to access your site. For example "SiteToolCenter.com" is the domain name of this site. So exactly why do we need a domain name?

When you go to a site, you are in fact accessing the site by going to the IP address of the server that is hosting the site. As memorizing IP addresses can be a bit of a handful the concept of domain names was born.

There are machines all over the world called "nameservers" or "domain name servers" that link domain name to IP addresses and vice versa. This is what makes it possible for us to type in a domain name and successfully access a site.

Website Hosting Service

For people to be able to view a website, the files need to be constantly available and this is where website hosting comes into play. The servers providing the hosting services also has the software needed to run various tasks, such as handling PHP scripts etc...

Content

This is pretty self-explanatory... For you to have a website you will need content! A phrase that the majority of webmasters will know is "content is king" - and it is very true. A website can have the best design and a lot of traffic but without quality content, it is not worth anything.


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