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What it Takes to Have a Website

The world is fast becoming a global village. Before you walk into a shop for something, it is becoming more and more common for someone to google it on the internet. If your business isn’t on the internet, chances are that you are missing out on a section of your market.

For some time though, it was always intimidating to have a website. Reasons being that, internet penetration in Uganda was still low making it irrelevant to have an online presence and secondly, even when you tried, it needed a person (or company) with the technical expertise to build one for you. This also made it expensive.

As of now, things and times have changed. With just your basic computing skills, you can build your own website right in the comfort of your bedroom. In this article, I will share with you the basics you will need to start with.

1.      A domain name

A domain name will be your address on the world wide web. This is the name people will type in the address bar in order to access your website. Your domain name will be followed by an extension like .com, .net, .org etc.

Structure of a domain name.

For example, one of our clients owns an NGO whose websiteis www.cheriewilshere.org, cheriewilshere is the domain name while .org is the extension.

You too can get a domain name from here for as low as UGX 50,000/= or try out the free plans here.

2.      A host

Your website is stored on  computer for the rest of the world to access. You will therefore need a computer that is always on, 100% of the time such that anytime someone needs to access your site, it is available. This computer is what is known as the host. Anytime someone enters your domain name in a browser, the browser fetches it from the host.

Hosting illustration.

Depending on the traffic and size of your website, you click here to choose a suitable plan and pay either monthly or yearly.

3.      Website building software

This is what you will use to build your website. There are many simple options like Wix, Weebly, Squarespace but the most popular is wordpress. WordPress is behind over 30% of websites. More good news is that it is freeware.

A comparison of market share for popular content managment systmems.

WordPress is the most popular content management system with thousands of templates, plugins and quite flexible. It also has a very active community in Uganda where you can get support from the different social media forums, monthly meetups and annual WordCamps.

Conclusion

With only the above and basic graphics skills, you can have your website up and running in barely a day. You can still hire the services of a professional website designer by clicking on this link here.

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