Web Development

Web Development Process

When developing a website there are a few things that you must consider. How many web pages should I have? How much time can I put into a website? Should I use a template or create a custom website? To answer these questions we must first learn how a website works

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Domain Names

The first thing a website needs is a catchy domain. A domain name is what you typically type into your browser’s address bar, for example: “www.websitename.com” for us, it’s “www.Orcadigital.marketing.” Every domain name is unique, therefore if someone already has the name you wanted, you can try to buy it from them or look for a new name. You can see what’s available by going to GoDaddy.com and entering your desired name. On GoDaddy, you can even purchase your domain then and there. Domain prices vary from just over a dollar to thousands! Pricing varies based on how high ranked the domain is based on keywords, ease of remembrance, and ending (.com, .marketing, .net, etc.).

Hosting

Once you have obtained your domain, it is time to start thinking about hosting companies such as GoDaddy, HostGator, and WordPress. Your hosting company is where your website will actually live. Hosting companies have thousands of servers and host millions of websites. If you chose to do so, you may also decide on hosting your own website by buying a server. This option, however, ends up being a lot pricer.

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Development Methods

After choosing your hosting method and domain name, now it is time to develop your website. Websites can be made in several ways and there are pros and cons for each method. The methods being discussed will be Custom Code, Template-based, and user-friendly websites.

Custom Code

A custom coded website is the best way to get the website you have always dream of. In this method, we build your website from the ground up using languages such as PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This option is our most time-consuming option as it may take up to 2-3 months to create the website you envisioned. Virtually any website can be made, your imagination is your limitation!

Template-Based

A template-based website is one where we find a template best suited for your needs and utilize it as the backbone of your website. These templates can vary in styles and require to be purchased via a third party company. Once the template has been selected, we will do our best to customize the template to your standards, however, templates do limit customization so they might not be the best option if you want a highly customizable website.

User-Friendly Websites

User-friendly websites are sites such as Wix and Squarespace were you drag and drop sections that you desire for your website. Wix is the best option for beginners that just want a simple website that can get up and running in as little as a day. Squarespace is for more experienced