How to choose a domain name?

You, or the company you represent, have decided that you need to establish a web site. Maybe you have a new product you want to promote, or maybe your company needs to sell to a wider audience. Whatever the reason, you want to get a web site. The first thing you will need to do…

What is a domain name?

A domain name can be thought of as the address of a web site. Every computer that is connected to the Internet is identified by its own unique string of twelve numbers, for example 216.109.112.135. However names are easier for people to remember than a random string of numbers, and so the domain name system…

What is a shopping cart?

If you have ever purchased anything over the Internet, then you will have used a shopping cart program to make that purchase. In simple terms, a shopping cart is a type of software program that enables web sites to offer products for sale to visitors. The software typically allows visitors to add their choice of…

Accepting Payments on the World Wide Web

If you are planning to launch a web site that will be engaged in ecommerce then you will need to have some method by which your customers can pay for the goods they will be purchasing. There are two main ways in which web sites takes payments, through a third-party provider or with a merchant…

What is CSS?

In order for a web site to be available on the World Wide Web, it must be hosted on a server. There are several different ways to accomplish this. Most large hosting companies will have their own servers and the network infrastructure needed for their site to be available on the Web. However, the equipment…

What are Scripts?

One of the terms that newcomers to web design or web hosting may fail to understand is the word script, or scripts. What is meant by this term? In simple terms, a script is a segment of computer code that can extend or alter the way that the web browser interprets the HTML code that…

What is HTML?

Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, is the normal language used to design pages meant for use on the World Wide Web. By using special commands, known as tags, web page designers can format a text document for presentation, using different font types, colors and sizes. HTML also allows a web page designer to create the…

Adding Quality Content to Your Web Site

When setting up a new web site nowadays, the most important factor to keep in mind is the content. Yes, keywords are still important, but the days when a web page could be judged solely on the keyword content are long gone. Why is this so? Two reasons. Firstly, in order to sell you need…

Adding Dynamic Content to a Web Site

Originally all web pages on the Internet were static pages, which is to say that the content of each page remained constant whenever it was viewed. In contrast to this a dynamic web page can change the way in which is presented depending on various types of user input. Some examples of this include displaying…

What is Flash, and should I use it?

Flash is a multimedia technology that can be used to add animation or video to a web page. Since its introduction in 1996, Flash has become the industry standard for adding such content, with statistics suggesting that almost all desktop computers in the United States have a version of the Flash player software installed. Popular…

Make Sure the Visitor Know His Way

If you are designing a web site, one principle should be considered as the most important point of the design. That principle is site navigation. When a user arrives at your web site he will not want to spend his valuable time searching for ways to move around the site. Make sure that all of…