Frequently Asked Questions
What is WordPress?
WordPress put simply is an online web tool and publishing platform that allows you to build anything from a simple blog to a complex multi-stage website. There are two types of WordPress application – WordPress.com which hosts your site or WordPress.org which allows for third-party hosting. I use WordPress.org and host the sites with our own provider as this allows far more flexibility and scalability.
WordPress uses ‘Themes’ which customise its look and feel to your specific requirements. Typically, I use the AVADA theme as it is extremely flexible and easy to work with.
What is a domain and what is Hosting?
A domain is an address – a Universal Resource Location (URL) which describes to servers where your site sits in physical terms. When you search for something on Bing or Google etc., it produces a list of domains as well as related keywords which describe what you searched for.
The domain of this site is ‘121pcweb.com’ and it is hosted on a server box in the UK. The only way you can read this text is to search for or type directly the domain 121pcweb and then your search engine will find this domain parked on the specific server in the UK.
Wikipedia sums it up quite nicely – A domain name is a label that identifies a network domain: a distinct group of computers under a central administration or authority. Within the Internet, domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System. Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name. Wikipedia
A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Basically, it puts your website on a box which is reachable by other servers across the web and the way it finds your unique site is by your domain!
Why is SSL important? All of your sites have it – why?
New regulations and Google policies will make this virtually mandatory by the end of May this year – new versions of Chrome will mark non SSL/’https’ sites as ‘insecure’. You can see any ‘secure’ site as having a small padlock symbol in the browser and/or the web address starting with ‘https://’ instead of ‘http://’.
Basically, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.
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How long does it take to build a website and get online?
This totally depends on you – the complexity you require in your site. A good measure would say a ‘medium’ style website would take about a month – this would include building a prototype (we use prototype servers for this purpose), working with you to get it just right and then launching it live to the world, with the correct domain and hosting options. I work quickly but it does depend on your requirements. Please get in touch today, to discuss.