The Foundations Of Web Design

The other thing you need to know is how websites work. You need to understand that websites require a domain name. When you go to a dot com, it’s a domain name, and you get that from a company like webdaddy, or bluehost, or 1&1, and you don’t actually own it, you’re more or less leasing it, and you have to renew it every year, and there’s a cost to that. It might be 5.99, it might be 9.99, it might be 14.99. It just depends on what your deal is, and what your arrangement with your hosting company is.

The other part of that is the web hosting is where the content and where your website sits. So, you think of a web server as a house or an apartment that you’re renting, your files are the furniture that fill it up. The files and the content they belong to you just like your furniture, but you don’t own the web server, you don’t own the property if you will, you’re just occupying it, so you have to pay the monthly fee.

So, you need to think about these things. You need to understand what the aspects of a website are. What the technology that backs it is, and you need to have a grasp of those before you even think of touching a computer and trying to code a website or use a program like Adobe Muse or Dreamweaver to build one.

So, let’s talk about the software you need to operate, run, and manage a website. Now we talked about HTML code. HTML code is how websites are traditionally built, but there are other websites called WYSIWYG editors, or what you see is what you get, and coders and programmers hate these applications, because in their mind, real web designers code. I firmly disagree with that. Coders code. Designers design. And you might be able to code and build a website but you might not be able to design your way out of a paper bag.