What is a website?

This is how I think of a website – it’s like a house…

Your house needs a plot of land to live on (your website hosting).

It needs an address (your website address, “URL” or “domain name”).

Then you need a house (your website pages and content i.e. picture files, text, links or video files). 

To get in and change things around you need a door (content management system “CMS”) but you don’t want anyone to be able to break in and change things so there’s a lock and you’ll need a key (password) to get in.

What does hosting mean?

Hosting is space on a computer server for your website files (text and pictures) - a plot of land for your house. Just like a memory stick – the more files you have and the bigger they are, the more space you’ll need.

What does a content management system do?

It enables you to build and change your website content (text, pictures, videos etc) - a door to get into the house and change things.

Most free systems use simple templates, forms and buttons you will be familiar with from Word. 

You will need a user name and password (key).

Example text editing menu from the Wordpress.com free CMS:

Getting the website you want is a workshop presentation by Sarah Moss, Voluntary Organisation Support Officer, © Community Action Bradford & District.


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