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Understanding the Basics of Web Development

Web development is becoming an increasingly important field in the 21st century. As technology continues to evolve, those who possess the necessary skills in creating, managing and updating websites, often find much greater success in the job market. To take advantage of the opportunities that this field provides, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how the web works and what makes a great website.

Getting Started

To start developing a website, there are a few essential steps to understand first.

  • Choose a Platform: Most websites are either built dynamically using a CMS such as WordPress or created using HTML and CSS. It’s important to choose a platform that provides the desired features and functionality.
  • Install a Web Server: Once a platform is chosen, the next step is to install a web server and configure the necessary settings in order to host the website. Apache and Nginx are popular choices for web servers, but there are many other options.
  • Design the Website: Next, it’s time to design the website. This includes creating the HTML, CSS and other code necessary to display the desired content and features.
  • Publish the Site: Once the website is coded and tested, it can be published to the web server. This process can vary depending on the platform, but usually involves using FTP or a similar tool to upload the site to the web server.

Continued Maintenance

Creating a website does not mark the end of the process. For a successful website, it’s also important to monitor and update the site on a regular basis. This includes fixing broken links, making sure the content is up to date, and keeping security patches up to date. Without proper maintenance, a website runs the risk of becoming outdated or vulnerable to attack.


Building a website is a complex process, but knowing the basics can help get started and stay on track. With an understanding of platform selection, server configuration and ongoing maintenance, anyone can create a successful web presence. No matter what type of website is being created, following these steps can help ensure success. If you need help or have questions. You can reach out to us or post your comment below.

John Melvin

John Melvin

Florida native turned digital virtuoso. From AOL to Designline Studio and Roger West Creative, my 20+ years in the game have evolved into a mastery of Web Design, Web Development, Digital Marketing, and SEO. Now weaving online magic at Tampa Bay Interactive, where every click is a conversion and pixels meet perfection.

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