Here are answers to some of the common questions you may have about web development. If you don't see your question answered here, or want additional information, please feel free to ask!
Q. Why do I need a web site?
A. There are many different reasons why a business will choose to have a web site. These include increased visibility, expanding the marketplace, improving corporate image, performing online transactions or reducing overhead costs. Most often, though, the main reason is to stay ahead of the competition.
Q. How do people find out about my web site?
A. The best way is to insure the site if properly listed with the major internet search engines. People use the engines to search for information on the Web, and it is important that they can find you. Every Wave Crest designed site is submitted to all the major search engines, and includes custom meta tags to guarantee it is properly indexed by search webbots.
Another way to attract customers is to include your web site address, or URL, in your traditional advertising. This is especially true if you choose a URL that itself advertises your product.
Q. What is a search engine?
A. A search engine allows a user to search
through the millions of web pages for a word, phrase, or category.
Different search engines have different methods of cataloging web
sites. Some of the most popular search engines are:
Q. What is a URL?
A. URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. It is the "address" for a web page, and every page has its own unique URL. They are in the form of "http://www.mydomain.com/index.html", but many are abbreviated with just the domain name, such as "www.wavecrestweb.com". This is what is often referred as a "dot com."
Q. How do I get my own "dot com"?
A. A "dot com" , or domain name as it is properly called, is the root level URL of a web site. These names are controlled by InterNIC, and they charge a fee (currently $35 a year) to maintain a domain name. If you wish to have your own domain name for your site, we can arrange it for you. Check here to see if your name is available.
Q. What is "HTML"?
A. HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. It is the language that allows a browser to display web pages. It is a universal language, in that all browsers, no matter what computer platform they are running on, understands and displays an HTML document in the same way.
Q. What is a hyperlink?
A. Hyperlinks are the key to the World Wide Web. A hyperlink (or simply "link") appears as a word or phrase highlighted
on your screen. When you click on it, your browser jumps to another
location. This ability to link documents together, whether on your own web site or around the world, is what makes the WWW so powerful and unique.
Q. Where will my completed web site reside when it's done?
A web site is located on a specialized computer called a "web server". It can be any computer with the proper software and full-time access to the Internet. Most often, though, web servers are powerful specialty machines run by internet service providers or web hosting companies with thousands of web sites on each machine. If you currently have an ISP account with a company like EarthLink, you may be able to locate your site there. If you prefer, we can provide hosting services through our partner, Interland.