How do you make a website?
If you're pretty conversant with all the coding requirements you can 'do it yourself'. However, 'page builders' make this a lot easier by putting the necessary bits of code into 'drag and drop' icons so you can construct a page by simply dragging and dropping whatever you want onto the page - the advantage of this is building a page/site is much quicker and you don't need to understand coding. You then choose a template that best suits your needs, simply customise it (like modern document template settings) and add your content.
You also have to buy and license a domain name and find servers to host your site (preferably in the country you are operating in as this improves download speed).
A crucial piece of work is getting your website listed by search engines (Google, Bing, etc) so it appears in searches. To be successful your site's content needs to maximise its 'search engine optimisation' (SEO) - a whole industry is built around helping you achieve this! It also needs to load fast - so don't be too fancy just because you can.
Nowadays, the focus is for websites to be mobile friendly by having either 'responsive' pages (like this one) or a website with pages for both desktop and mobile devices. Search engines also give priority to websites that are secure/encrypted ('https') - this requires a 'secure sockets layer' (SSL) certificate; these are licenses that need to be renewed regularly.
How is the new website built?
After an extensive evaluation of the options we have settled on our new site with the following characteristics:
What has happened to the old website?
The 'old' website (warlinghamarchers.co.uk) still exists. However, updating ceased late February 2020. From 1 March 2020, '301 redirect' code was placed on its pages to transfer search engine ranking value to their equivalent pages on the new website. Redirects were also installed on the server side. This is important for 2 reasons:
- 1To ensure the Club's website appears on the 1st page (preferably at the top) when relevant searches are made.
- 2Anyone landing on the 'old' website gets directed to the equivalent page on the new website - and they don't see an annoying "404 error - page can't be found" message.
In July 2020 the 'old' domain was moved to the same server as the current site. This hosting will continue for another year to allow search engines time to 'learn' that all search traffic to our Club needs to go to the new website. We will continue to own the domain 'warlinghamarchers.co.uk'.
Page updated 16 July 2020