Basic terms to know before you start a website

Weather you decide to build a website yourself or if you hire someone else to do it for you, there are several of terms you might want to know. These will help you communicate with someone in case you do outsource the construction of your website. They will also help enrich your knowledge in case you do decide to do the work yourself.


Domain Name

A domain name is the web address of your website. It is a string that appears in your web browser address bar and that your visitors may enter to get to your website. For example, this website home page address is


Web Hosting

This is where your website will be parked. It is a space allocated on a server somewhere storing the files of your website. When a user access your website their computer 'fetches' the files to display your website content.


FTP or File Transfer Protocol

FTP is an internet standard for transferring files. It makes uploading and updating your website very easy. This is something you should check that your hosting service provides. We will look more in to this when we consider making a decision about hosting services.


SEO or Search Engine Optimization

SEO has been the biggest thing of recent years. It refers to having your website setup so it is found by search engines. The following is what Wikipeida has to say about SEO:

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the "natural" or un-paid ("organic" or "algorithmic") search results. In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine's users. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search, academic search,[1] news search and industry-specific vertical search engines.