Archive for February, 2009

A very simple explanation of Websites and how they work.

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

A Website can be broken down into three pieces!  Obviously a lot more is going on in websites, but this explanation breaks everything down to the simplest way to understand what’s really going on.

So to help make it easy for you to grasp the whole mysterious, complicated thing called a website, here it is.

  1. Every website has a “Main or Home” page. Consider it the “Parent” page.
  2. Any additional web pages for that website are considered a “Child” pages.
  3. All website pages including the Parent page and all Child pages, have their own unique written .html code that makes that page do it’s thing.

That’s it… In a nutshell.  The big thing to understand and keep in mind is this: The .html code written for each page is what contains the majority of information that the various Search Engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc) use to search and index your website. The way the .html is written and what it contains, and how much of what’s included in the .html code is found, is what the search engines used to determine how and when your site is included in searches.

That’s a website broken down into the simplest explanation. At Tidepool Graphics, I strive to design websites that achieves two things, first is to design a fantastic looking website. Secondly and more importantly write the .html code so the website is ranked as high as possible by the various search engines.

It’s great to have a beutiful looking website, but if the .html code is poorly written, that website will not show up in the search engines search list,  which means that no one will visit that site from the search engines. So having a beutiful looking site is meaningless if it is never visited.

Another thing to mention. Having a websites  .html code written properly, and having the .html code “Validated” by The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is a huge acheivment and advantage for that website.

What  does that mean?  By having your websites .html code “Validated” your .html code is compliant to W3C standards, it was written properly, sort of like getting an “A” on a English term paper. Search engines view validated websites very favorably and take into condsieration in ranking that site.

All of the websites I design are “Validated” and carry the W3C validation Icon badge on the bottom of the Home page.

To get a better idea as to the Parent - Child website explaination, look at the sitemap page I wrote for perfectly Petals, this should help you visualize what I’m talking about.

http://www.perfectlypetals.com/sitemap.html

I hope this short little post helps you understand a website a little better.

Steven Riese