In the web design class I teach, a few questions always pop up, so I figured I will write a blog post about them to answer these once and for all.
1. Why do I need to pay for hosting annually?
Even though your website exists on the world wide web, it does actually have a "physical" location in form of a server on which your data is saved. In order for your website to work you need to continuously keep your data on that server. If the data is deleted, the website disappears. Thus, you basically pay for your online storage space so that your website is up on the web 24/7.
2. Can I use images that I took on my phone?
Yes, you can. However, before you use any images on your website, they should be optimized for the web. Namely, they need to be resized to a small file size, so that your website loads quickly and runs smoothly. This is especially important if your website is going to have a lot of images on them. You can read my post about how to resize images for the web here.
3. I added keywords to my website, why am I not showing up on Google?
Adding SEO (Search Engine Optimization) keywords to your website will not automatically make your website pop up on Google. It can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months for Google to pick up your website. The good news is your SEO results should grow over time, so your Google ranking may change over time as well. However, we cannot control how Google ranks websites, we can only control our SEO settings. Thus, you technically cannot 100% guarantee that your SEO settings will work perfectly. But we can do our best and forget the rest ;)
Keep in mind, it is best to add keywords, a meta description and a page title to each page of your website.
Let me know if you have any other questions in the comments below and I will answer them!
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