Irrespective of whether you’re building a website on your own or have hired a web developer to get the job done, there are a few terms you can’t miss to ignore. Especially, when you’ve decided to take up the services of a developer, unfamiliar with terms often used for website creation, will enable you to choose the right development partner. In this post, we’ll tell you about 5 of the most common terms that you need to know while your website is being created.
Wouldn’t it be better if you could figure out your website structure before the website development process begins? After all, knowing about the structure of your site in advance can help you know about unnecessary elements and pages on the site. And, one best way to achieve such an objective is to create a sitemap.
A sitemap is, basically, a list of several pages of your website that can be accessed by your users, as well as, search engine crawlers. Without creating a sitemap for your site, you may end up spending time on adding pages that are actually not required in the site. What’s more? A sitemap give idea to users an idea of the contents that your website contains. Even popular sites such as interest contains a sitemap as follows:
(short for Search Engine Optimization)
Search engine optimization is the process that helps in increasing the visibility of a website, by making it obtain higher ranking on search engine results page (or SERP). Google, Bing, and all other major search engines rank websites on the basis of SEO.
The more your web pages will appear in the SERP, the more visitors you’ll receive. In order to optimize your site for search engines, it is important for you to include keywords that you expect your target audience will use when finding something on the search engines.
3. Domain Name and Web-hosting
Many people think the domain name to be same as web hosting. But, both domain name and web-hosting are two different terms. Buying a web domain means buying a name for your website. Choosing a good domain name, especially the one that conveys what your website is all about, can help in making your site successful.
In contrary, web hosting is a sort of service provided by web host service that makes your site accessible via the web. And so, it is very important for you to select a web host that provide quality web hosting services. There are several factors that you must consider when looking for a web host, such as:
the price of the hosting service,
number of accounts you can have on a server and so on.
4. Static Website vs Dynamic Website
Websites are categorized in two different forms, namely: static and dynamic. In case, you’ve hired a web developer for building your site, then you’ll be asked about whether you would like to create a static website or a dynamic one. Static sites are the ones created using HTML and are simple to use. On the other hand, dynamic websites are built using more complicated programming languages such as Java, PHP or a CMS (content management system).
For a long time, HTML static websites have ruled the web. But, today people prefer to have dynamic websites instead using a CMS such as Magento, WordPress, Joomla and many others. This is because of the ease they provide in making edits in the site.
5. Shopping Cart
In case, you’re planning to setup an e-commerce website, then you should consider having a shopping cart software. It allows site visitors to select items from a list of products that they want to purchase. When using a shopping cart on your website, your users can add the products of their choice to the cart. After visitors proceeds to the checkout process, the shopping cart software will calculate the amount of the order (i.e. products visitors placed in the cart), including shipping and other charges.
Magento is the most sought-after e-commerce shopping cart software widely-used by retailers running e-commerce websites worldwide.
Have you been thinking of creating a website? No matter whether you want to build a
small or large size website, it’s important that you know about the above discussed terms before proceeding with the website development process.