By Katie Elzer-Peters
Creating and maintaining a website doesn't have to be a nightmare experience! Here are some tips on how to find a web designer, work with them so that you get what you want and maintain your website so that the content stays current and fresh.
Know the Lingo •
Domain Name: A web address, such as www.yourcompany.com
URL: Short for Uniform Resource Locator, this is what people type into the web browser (Like Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari) to find you. It will look like this: http://www.yourcompanyname.com.
Hosting: The information in your website is stored on a server with your web hosting company. When people type in the web address, the web address pulls information from the server where your website is hosted and displays that information.
Registrar: The registrar is the company that lists the public record certifying that you own your domain name. If you want to change your web hosting, you have to work with the registrar.
CMS: Short for Content Management System, this is the structure that holds website information, most often through the use of a database. A content management system provides an easy way for you to work with your website content without messing with the nitty-gritty code. A good CMS will give you a WYSIWYG editor (short for "What You See Is What You Get") that lets you format content like you're using Microsoft Word.
Content: Web designers use this term to refer to the words and pictures that will go in your website. Usually they ask you to gather your content and send it to them while they're building the website.
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