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The Basic Parts That Make Up Most Websites in 2023

Updated: Nov 17

If you want your website to offer a great experience for visitors and effectively represent you and your brand, there are some essential elements your website should have. We'll explain some of a website's basic and advanced parts and break down some jargon around web design concepts. Here are some elements that help make a website successful in 2023:

Getting Your Site Up and Running

Before we get into website design, here are a couple of terms to be familiar with as you get started creating your site:

1. Web hosting

Believe it or not, your website actually takes up storage space. All websites are stored somewhere on a server, a computer that saves information so that it can be located reliably. In other words, a web host is where your website "lives" after it's published. When you create and publish a website with CIS Agency, your website is hosted by Wix, so you never have to worry about where your website is stored.

2. Domain name

A domain name allows visitors to find you easily online. Your domain name is essentially your site's address online; it's the string of characters that will bring visitors to your site and no one else's. Each website has a unique one so that the same address doesn't lead to different sites. Your domain name may be the same as your business name, or it may be different. For example, at CIS Agency, our domain name is wearecis.com. This is the unique address that will lead to our website. We can help you purchase a domain name to help your customers find you online.

Website Design Basics

Website Design Basics
Web Design

Now let's get into the basics of designing an effective website. Here are some of the elements every website needs:

1. Header & Menu

The header is the design element that appears at the top of most websites. It usually contains the menu and provides a way for visitors to navigate different parts of the site. It may also contain your logo, business name, and other information you want visitors to find immediately.

The menu may look different depending on your website's purpose. It usually shows your most important pages to help users navigate between them. Or, it may show categories of pages instead. Clicking these categories can reveal drop-down lists under each one or lead to a page that connects visitors with other related pages. Overall, your menu shows users how your website is organized and allows them to find all the different content on your site.

2. Images

Underneath the header, most websites include some sort of eye-catching image-whether it's one image, a slideshow, or a video. This image is often called the featured visual, and it helps establish your brand's identity. Whether it showcases some of your products, demonstrates what industry you're part of, or establishes a tone for your business, the featured visual is worth choosing carefully to provide the best representation of you to visitors. The header and featured visuals are often called the "above the fold" portion of your website, as they are the first thing site visitors see.