1. Help! I’m confused. I hardly know ANYTHING about the Web! I don’t even know the difference between a web page, a web site, and a homepage.
The terminology can be confusing when you first start exploring the Web. Right now you are looking at a single web page, part of a larger web site. If you click on a link, you will go to another web page. A single page is everything you can see (or scroll down to) without going anywhere else. A website is simply a collection of web pages.
Your homepage is the “front door” of your web site. The homepage of this site (which happens to be this page) is handwovenwebs.com . Sometimes (though rarely) a homepage is all there is to a site.
By the way, most of our clients are new to the web. We are skilled at helping you get comfortable in what is, to many of you, a whole new arena. And we promise not to roll our eyes at any of your questions!
2. What about a domain name? Do I really need one?
In the very early days of the Web, people could get by with a name like mindspring.com/bobsusedcars. Now your business or organization would not be taken seriously unless you have your own domain name – bobsusedcars.com. (A domain name, by the way, is like “handwovenwebs.com” or “ebay.com” or “amazon.com”.)
And domain names, once $70 for two years, are now as inexpensive as $15/year.
Your website address (also called a URL) is so much easier to remember when it is shorter. An added bonus: we can set it up so that email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org goes to you at your regular email mailbox. That way, even if you change service providers (say you move from AOL to earthlink) your email will remain the same. Sort of like people sending mail to you at Bob’s House if you live at 111 N. Main Street, or you move to 12 E. Chestnut—people just send mail to Bob’s House and it will catch up with you. .
TIP: “www” is no longer necessary or even desirable in the name of your website.
For example, we are “handwovenwebs.com”. We don’t refer to ourselves as “www.handwovenwebs.com”. That will get you there too, but it is SUCH a mouthful (“double-u double-u double-u dot”), and takes up so much space in print! And by the way, you don’t need to say “http://”. And this thing – / – is called a slash. “Forward” slash is not necessary as all slashes on the Web are forward slashes. So now you will never again have to say aitch tee tee pee colon forward slash forward slash double-u double-u double-u dot mysite dot com because “mysite dot com will do the trick!
Alas, there are always exceptions! If you cannot get to a site without www, try the www. Every once in a while, it IS actually necessary. Go figure!