You’ve finally create that stunning website you’ve always dreamed of for your business with the help of WordPress. You click that publish button in the web design editor, and behold, your site goes live online ­– congratulations! At the surface, web development seems as a simple task as celebrating the inauguration of your domain name. However, there are many underlying components that go into this process. Each of these elements are integral to maintaining your online presence, and work in tandem to uphold your success. Therefore, if just one of these elements falters – such as web hosting – your company may end up crossing paths with the dreadful HTTP error 500. In simpler lingo, you may experience a website crash. Perhaps in this case, it would be wise to switch from traditional hosting to recently popularized Cloud hosting. The type of web hosting that you utilize, SLL, website backup, and the web design editor that you choose, are some examples of the underlying components that are vital to your success online. If you aren’t a tech geek, you probably don’t know half the terms that I just threw at you. That’s why this post is dedicated to explaining important website elements in the smoothest way possible for people like you and me who aren’t fluent in HTML.

WHAT IS WEB HOSTING ANYWAY?

Whenever you type in www.(your-company-name-here).com into Google, your website will pop up almost instantly. But how exactly does that happen? First of all, when you publish a website, you do it through a web hosting service, (like HostGator and DreamHost) which makes room for your website on the Internet. The Web hosting service stores your files in web servers, or super powerful computers. When you plug your website’s address into any search engine, the Internet fetches the files that are being stored on your web server and connects them to your computer. This process is what enables you to scroll through pages and other info on your website. In addition to dealing with web servers, web hosting services are also in charge of everything from bandwidth to security, and more. In other words, your web host is the behind-the-scenes manager of your website.

Why Cloud Hosting is Better Than Regular Web Hosting

What is the “cloud” anyway? You may be wondering. Look outside your window and examine a cloud. What do you see? You’d probably describe a cloud as a big, puffy thing, which floats around in the sky, connecting to surrounding clouds every now and then, and takes the form of an anomalous shape. A cloud doesn’t have an exact physical definition, making it more flexible. The same can be said of a cloud in tech jargon. In “cloud computing”, data and programs are stored over the Internet (which is more flexible like a cloud) rather than a physical hard drive. This data floats around in the Internet like clouds do, and is accessed through the internet as well.

Now that you understand what the cloud is, we can dive into cloud hosting. This form of hosting comes with a number of advantages, such as a flexible place to store information (as discussed earlier), the ability to customize your server to your liking, and most importantly, your website is less likely to crash. Because of all the perks that cloud hosting comes with, in addition to how effectively it can handle massive website traffic without having to always worry about crashing, it’s no wonder why this form of hosting has become so popular.

Why use an SSL Certificate?

When it comes to your company’s website, security is essential. SSL encrypts sensitive data so that when it traverses the internet, only those servers with the ability to decode the information can access it. With an SSL certificate, you won’t have to worry about hackers stealing credit card information or identities because these foreign entities won’t have the means to decrypt the information. SSL certificates also provide authentication, which basically means that your info will only be sent to a server that has undergone a proper background check, and you can be sure that your data is going to be delivered the proper recipient. Long story short, get yourself an SSL certificate to avoid potentially devastating security compromises.

Website backup is essential

If you don’t backup your company’s website, you’re opening a dangerous door that can enable hackers to steal your sensitive data, important files can be wiped from your computer, your site can become infected by malicious viruses, and more. All it takes to minimize these risks is to regularly backup your website. The frequency of website backups varies, and is dependent upon how many people visit your site as well as the information you provide. Make sure to consider these elements when decided how often to backup your website.

Why you should use WordPress

According to CodeGuard’s “State of the Web Report”, almost 80% of website owners use WordPress. That staggering number clearly relays the fact that WordPress has a significant edge over its CMS (content management system) competitors. Additionally, WordPress enables users to make edits themselves, the CMS is open source so you will always have easy access to your site, it comes with thousands of plug-ins that can considerably enhance your site, you don’t have to pay for the software, and it is an SEO power tool. CodeGuard’s impressive findings, in conjunction with the facts mentioned above, is precisely why our team utilizes WordPress to design all of our clients’ websites. Thanks to WordPress’s intelligent CMS, we have created a plethora of successful websites for our clients, which substantiates our award-winning work, such as the Graphic Silver Logo Design Award that DreamBig was given for the Jordan Supper Club Brand Design.

Congratulations! Now your company knows everything it needs in order become successful online. Follow this advice, and you’ll have a leg up over all over your competitors when it comes to anything related to the World Wide Web.