If you are planning to build a website, the first step that you should take is to register your domain name. There are two options available to you. One option is registering your domain name directly with a domain registrar or a registration site. Some web hosting services also provide domain name registration. The second option is to register your domain name with such a service provider. Before registering your domain name you should make sure that the domain name is still available. If you already have an untaken domain name, it is highly advisable to register your domain name even before the creation of your website. Parking your domain name will help to draw traffic into your site and will prevent other people from taking the same domain name.
Once you have registered your domain name, you will need to hire the services of a web hosting service. There are basically two types of hosting services; namely hosting services which provide pre-installed hosting software and hosting services which provide manual install hosting software. If you hire the services of a hosting service having pre-installed software, you can start to develop your website immediately after registration. The disadvantage is that you will have to cope up with the service even if you don’t like the website development software. Hosting services having manual install hosting software requires you to first download the hosting software and then install the software onto the hosting provider’s server. Let us briefly look at two types of hosting software.
Joomla is renowned hosting software which is immensely popular among many users. Joomla hosting is powered by Joomla CMS (Control Management System). If your hosting provider offers the cPanel control panel, then you can easily install Joomla through the use of the Fantastico feature in the cPanel. Joomla offers many features, including the ability to create printable webpages, blogs, newsflashes, provide multiple language support, conduct polls and perform internal searches. In order to use Joomla, you don’t have to know much HTML or other website developing technology. Nevertheless possessing a thorough understanding of HTML will help you to create more professional webpages.
Drupal is another renowned type of hosting software. is famous for its user-friendly control management system and its flexibility. The core Drupal software doesn’t contain many features, but this system allows its users to add new features to its default functionality. This allows the user to customize the software according to his/her specific needs. In order to reap the maximum benefits of Drupal, the user should have a general understanding of website coding. In particular, the user should have an understanding of PHP. Drupal software has a built in search facility. This allows you to easily index and search all your content.