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 June 13th, 2016
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Starting a Web Property can be very easy. There are three main components to every website.

1. Domain Name
2. Web Hosting
3. Website

Let’s deal with the Domain Name first. Domain Name System, or DNS, is the most recognized system for assigning addresses to Internet web servers (aka “Internet hosts”). A domain name is an address that visitors use to view your website on the web. Somewhat like international phone numbers, the domain name system helps to give every Internet server a memorable and easy-to-spell address.  Domain names are typically sold annually and can be renewed prior to expiration.

Register Your Domain Name

 Before you start a Web Property or “website,” it’s important to find a good domain name that represents your book, brand or business. First, you need to consider what the site will be about. Knowing what the Web Property is about will help determine your domain name.  Most domain names are 1 to 3 words that describe what the website is about.  The domain name is the URL of the website, such as www.griotsites.com.

The second step is to get a web hosting package. At Griotsites™, we  offer a Shared hosting plan, but if you need something more, just contact us and we can offer some solutions for you. If you need custom software or packages that aren’t offered in a Shared hosting environment (such as live video streaming), contact us for a better option.

Next, we have to change the name servers for your domain name so that any visitors to your domain will be able to view the website hosted at GriotSite.com. Once your hosting plan is purchased, your domain will be pointed to your GriotSites™ account. If you purchase your domain name from  us, we will handle the pointing of your domain to our nameservers. If you purchase your domain elsewhere, we will assist you in pointing your domain name towards our nameservers:
NS1.griotinternationalllc.com and NS2.griotinternationalllc.com.

And last but surely not least, you need a Web Property.
A Web Property (also known as website) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that are hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A website is usually a file that is coded with HTML to display text, images, videos and other multimedia elements. There are many ways to build a website. While it is possible to create a website using a text editor like Notepad, for beginners, it’s usually best to use software geared for web development. You can download free software for creating a website such as weebly.com or use GriotSites.com’s free sitebuilders; BaseKit or Parallels Plesk.

Programming languages like PHP, Ruby, Python, Perl and ASP.net can also be used to create dynamic Web Properties. Fortunately there are many different open-source, web-based applications which use these languages and don’t require much programming experience such as:

WordPress
Drupal
Joomla

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