In deciding the function of you business website you will typically choose among 3 types of sites :
When implementing your website, you're going to need to have a model of what site you want. So if you want an "E-Commerce" site, you will need seek out solutions that can offer an E-Commerce platform.
Domain Name - All websites have unique web addresses and your site will need one, too. In picking a domain name, you have to chose something that is not in use. Many web hosting companies will handle this process for you.
Drag and Drop Web Design - Web Design made "easy" with graphics and pictures instead of code.
E-Commerce Web Site - A business website set up like a virtual store - a site where a customer can visit and purchase what your business is selling.
Web Design - The process of imaging how a website should be designed, how it should look and appear.
Web Development - Everything involving the coding of your website. There can be a confusing difference between "Design" and "Development" - the designers create the art and appearance of your site, the developers realize the designers' vision with computer code.
Web Hosting - Finding a web server to "host" or store your website. Web Hosting is not "free" - there are costs involved in storing and serving up your website for requests from the Internet (anytime anyone tries to visit your site). Today, costs for simple web hosting will be around $5 - $15 a month.
Web Server - A special type of computer that stores websites. Any website you view on the Internet was first retrieved from a web server to be delivered to your browser.