5 Essential Website Components

Every business need a website. Have you ever wonder what do you need to setup a website? Don’t really know what is necessary for your website? Setting up a business website can be a real tedious task if you didn’t know how to. We have listed down here 5 website essential components to kick start a successful website for your business online. 

5 Essential Website Components

1. Web Hosting

When you ask a web designer to design your business website. Most of the files or assets are store locally in his/her laptop. However, no one will be able to view your website other then him/her. In order to serve your website to public, you will need a publicly accessible web server (think of a computer) to handle the request of your website. Generally, this is the meaning of web hosting. Essentially, when you subscribe a web hosting service, you are renting storage space to keep all of your website files and database. So, these files, such as images, html and etc., are then accessible from a web browser everywhere with internet connection.

Just to name a few, the following are a list of web hosting provider:

  1. Hostgator
  2. Siteground
  3. Bluehost

2. Domain Name

After setting up your web hosting, you will need to tell the public where is the location of your website. Generally, websites(computers) on the Internet are identified by a series of number which is known as IP address i.e. 1.2.3.4. However, it is unlikely for humans to remember such combination of numbers for them access a website. Therefore, your website will need a easily recognizable string or text which is known as a domain name. Often enough, the domain name of a website is your brand or business name. A domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers, and it can be used in combination of the various domain name extensions, such as .com, .net and more.

Each owner of website requires to register his domain name before use. This is to guarantee the uniqueness of a domain name. So, there will have no two websites using the same domain name on the Internet. If someone enters yourbrand.com, it will go and visit your website but not someone else’s.

To check the availability of your prefer domain name, you can try service like namecheap or godaddy.

3. SSL Certificate

A SSL certificate enable browser and web server to encrypt the traffic between visitors and your website. In that sense, information visitors give, such as filling in a form or payment credential, is protected from attackers. Without SSL, attackers may be able to steal your personal information including credit card details, user name and password.  SSL certificate not only offers data protection between visitors and your website, it is also a Google ranking factor of your website. You may want to learn more why your website need a SSL certificate here.

4. Responsive Website Design

Simply put, responsive web design is a website which adapts to its environment to provide the best possible web experience for the person accessing your site not matter from a desktop computer, a smaller laptop, a very small smartphone or a reasonably sized tablet. To learn more, we have a specific article discussing why do you need responsive website design in details.

5. Content Management System (CMS)

Content Management System (CMS) as its name suggests, is a system to manage your website content much easier. Intuitive and user-friendly interface of CMS allows you to create, edit, organize, and publish your website content without working directly with the code of your pages. Furthermore, it also control the access level of different roles of your website. So, you can collaborate with others without risking someone changing the wrong things. Popular CMS such as WordPress, is a good choice if you just started up.

In conclusion

Setting up a business website can be daunting at first, especially if you do not have a technical know-how. In Actiweb, we aim to offer the most affordable all-in-one website design package. Instead of setting up the mentioned items one by one, we got you cover with the most affordable price. Contact us to know more.