Over and over again I have been asked the question – “What keeps millions of websites in the world running the way they do? “. Today I would like to reflect a bit on the dynamics of a website.
The up and running website that you see in front of your eyes is formed by the perfect symbiosis of three things – domain name, the webhost and the Web CMS. All these three things when presented with compelling and regularly updated content form a successful website like ours. Let’s just look a bit more in their details.
Domain name: This is the web address of any site. It can be a complete name like YouTube or in abbreviated form like that of ours. Domain name is immediately followed extensions which may be a ‘.com’ as in Youtube.com or ‘.info’ as in our domain.
Other popular extensions are ‘.net’, ‘.org’, ‘.tv’ and ‘.me’. From the investment perspective a website owner normally spends 5 % of his overall budget for a domain name.
Webhost: This is perhaps the most important element that forms a website. A webhost provides the space where all kinds of data’s and files are stored.
From the investment perspective a website owner normally spends 90- 95 % of his overall budget for a webhost. Since the choices are pretty wide in this field it often becomes hard to buy affordable web hosting. We are using Hostgator as our webhost.
Web Content Management System: CMS is used to create and manage the content of the website. There are lots of options here as well but fortunately 90% of them are open source and hence free of cost. We are currently using WordPress as our Web CMS.
Hope with this input you would have got some idea about what a website is all about.