How To Get Your Business Online Using a Cloud Website Builder
Cloud website builders like Doodlekit automatically handle all of the complications of hosting a website, without you having to know anything about FTP, HTTP, or any other confusing techno-jargon. You can create your free website through a simple web interface and it's instantly online for the world to see. The bottom line is that with cloud website builders, you don't need to worry about hosting at all.
But for the curious, lets take a look at the man behind the curtain.
All websites reside on a "server". This is just a computer with special software that's designed to take website requests from your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) and serve up files from that computer. In the olden-days you would create HTML files and images on your own computer, then "upload" them to the server using an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program.
Our free website builder does all the heavy lifting behind the scenes. Doodlekit's proprietary software platform runs in a multi-tiered redundant clustered cloud environment. Sounds cool, huh? In human terms this means that your website is automatically…
- Hosted on multiple servers so it's always online, even if a server goes down
- Backed up constantly
- Distributed in different regions across the world
- Fast, regardless of other customers activities
This is the same type of architecture used by other big websites like Facebook and Pinterest. You don't get that with traditional hosting companies unless you have the expertise to set it up yourself.
As I mentioned in another article about Facebook Business Pages, if you're a small business you need a website with your own website address. Domain names help your web browser know where to look for a website, and are probably the most frustrating part of website building.
Without getting too far into gory details, domain names can only be registered through companies accredited by ICANN. In the past you would have to register your domain name separately from your website hosting, and setup DNS servers to point to your web server. Email servers also have to be setup on these DNS servers so email to your domain name can find it's way.
If your brain is melting, don't worry, because Doodlekit handles all of this automatically. When you upgrade your website, you can choose any domain name that's available, and we automatically register and set it up for your website and email.
For those that have already registered a domain name, and are moving their site to Doodlekit, we have our own DNS servers that make it very easy for you to point your domain to your Doodlekit website.
When you have your own domain name for your business, the second thing you'll want is your own business email address. Like websites, email is hosted on special servers and comes with it's own set of complications. Setting up the DNS and hosting for email can be so complicated that we like to use a simple alternative, email forwarding.
After you upgrade and select your domain name, you can immediately start creating email aliases that forward email from your website domain to your personal email account. This way you can continue to use the email account your familiar with, and forgo complicated setup.
Of course if you already have email hosting, you can setup the MX records for your domain to work with your Doodlekit website.
With our cloud website builder, you can create a beautiful website backed by the best cloud infrastructure in just a few clicks. Nerd knowledge, not required.