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 this website built?
After an extensive evaluation of the options we settled on our site with the following characteristics:
The 'old' website (warlinghamarchers.co.uk) still exists. However, updating ceased late February 2020 and all search traffic is redirected to the relevant page on this site.
If you have any questions or have noticed an error please use the contact form with "Website" in the 'Subject' field.
Page updated 2 January 2021