Frequently Asked Questions
Different Types Of Website:
A website that is used to show the services a business offers and encourage customers to either contact the company or visit their premises.
A blog is a site that regularly publishes articles on specific subjects. For example, it could be about a particular sport, type of music, type of product or a person’s life.
An eCommerce site is purely a website to sell goods online and often displays nothing but a list of products to select and purchase. Products can be either physical items, which need to be posted or digital such as music, or books etc, which are downloaded to the customer's device.
Sometimes a website needs to combine a brochure, or a blog site with the ability to sell online as well, or in some cases consist of all three.
i.e. a brochure site with a blog, and also an online shop.
Bespoke or Template
There are also a couple of options that apply to the choice of a website that reflects the way the website is designed and built, and that is whether the site design uses a template or is totally a bespoke and built from scratch.
The major difference between the two is the cost and the time it takes to build the website, plus with a bespoke website, the design is totally unique whereas with a template the same format is used by many different sites, although they are individually customised for the website owner.
It’s not just the design that is completely flexible with a bespoke website, but also the functionality, as whatever function is required can be developed as needed, but at a cost! Therefore, in a nutshell, a bespoke website will cost more than a templated site.
The other thing to take into consideration regarding the choice of a bespoke or templated website is whether the website buyer is interested in building the site themselves, or they want a web developer to do it for them. Most templated websites require the owner to customise their own website, whereas a bespoke site will be completely built by the website developer, so this also has a bearing on the choice of website.
However, depending on the requirements business, either a templated or bespoke website will serve the business well, so the deciding factor is what does the website need to achieve for the business and what budget does the business have to invest in their new website.
Open Source or Proprietary
There is another factor involved when it comes to website software and that is how was it developed and by whom, and there are two methods, Open Source and Proprietary. Open Source software is software has been developed by openly and by a collaboration of software developers around the world. Because of this the software code can be openly seen by anyone so it can be modified by developers in the community and is generally free of charge. The most used Open Source website software is WordPress and other popular ones are Joomla and Drupal. Thousands of developers worldwide constantly write programmes for these systems, so a website could have ‘plugins’ from 10 or more different developers based in several different countries. Due to the nature of security on the Internet, software needs to be updated regularly to keep websites safe, and it is down to the developer of the software to do this. If a website contains a plugin that doesn’t get updated the site runs the risk of security problems and hacking.
Proprietary, on the other hand, is the opposite of Open Source as Proprietary software has been developed by one company that is responsible for its security and updating, plus the code is secret and not open for anyone publicly to see.
No matter what type of website it is, it has to be hosted on a Web server. A Web server is a computer that is connected to the Internet that can be accessed by browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge, etc., to display websites. Web servers can be either dedicated, or cloud. Dedicated servers are physical computers based in a data center, whereas Cloud servers are a collection of virtual servers that work together giving a more secure, resilient, stable and fast facility for websites hosted on them.
SSL certification is essential now for all websites. SSL is the green padlock that is seen in a web browser when it places https:// in front of the website address.
The highest global standard for data security is ISO 27001, so businesses accredited at that level take customer data security very seriously.
A domain name email address (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org) is important for a business’ credibility, but these don’t come as standard with many templated website builders. So, domain email accounts will have to set up and paid for independently if they are not included.
Another thing that needs to be considered is ongoing website management after the site is completed and launched. Many site owners will be happy to look after things themselves, providing the website system is easy enough to manage, but some will prefer the website developer to take of this under a site management package.
For a customer to look after their own website it really needs to have a Content Management System (CMS). Without a CMS, a reasonable level of technical skill is necessary to manage a website.
What do Ryman Websites offer?
Ryman Websites provide everything mentioned above:
- Brochure or Blog site with eCommerce functionality
- Templated or bespoke websites
- Secure Cloud hosting
- SSL certification
- A website system certified to ISO 27001
- Content Management System
- Domain name email accounts
- Ongoing website management options
- Whatever a customer requires can be delivered by Ryman Websites.