Along with the growth of the internet, internet services available to help website owners make a presence online are becoming more readily available. Website owners can choose from services as simple as design and as complex as social networking. Some basic services like hosting, content management, and website design are needed for every website.
Hosting is available through a number of companies online, but not every company will host every kind of site. The cost of hosting will also differ depending upon what services the company offers and the bandwidth allowed. Dedicated servers, dedicated bandwidth, and shared hosting are all available to website owners. Only very large sites with tremendous bandwidth are likely to need a dedicated server. Dedicated bandwidth is often a better choice for those who need a lot of bandwidth but not a dedicated server. Sites with little bandwidth usage do well with shared hosting.
A number of web design companies and web builders are available to help design the best possible website. Design companies do all the development on the site and make it to the owner’s specifications. Web builders are frequently WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) programs that allow owners to build their own websites and design them the way they want. Often, WYSIWYG programs follow specific templates, and the owner must work within that template.
Many websites can benefit from using a content management system to make updating simple. Website developers use content management systems for high-content sites like news sites and can customize the content management system to fit the website. Some website owners choose to use a commercial content management system to simplify their website content updating needs. Many commercial content management systems can be customized to some extent.
Regardless of the size of the website, it has to be hosted on a server somewhere in order to be viewed by the public. The website must be developed and designed so that visitors want to view it and can easily navigate it. For websites with large amounts of content or frequent updates, a content management system can make site maintenance easier. While other internet services are available, these three are basic needs for nearly every website in order to have any kind of presence online.