This tutorial will show you how to create a simple website from scratch.
It will not show you how to layout a page (a very simple layout will be
demonstrated) or what content to use, it will just
show the structure of a site and how to publish it.
You can put any content you like on your site, which you think other people
will be interested in. You will learn here how to add links, and thumb nailed
pictures, which will open the full-sized version when clicked on.
To create a website, you need a few things - you may have all of these
things but not even know it!
You will need the following to create a basic website:
A web page creator/HTML editor
A (file transfer protocol) FTP program
And most importantly, some web space to publish your site
Web Page Creator/HTML Editor
If you have Microsoft Office installed, you will probably have a program
called Microsoft FrontPage. This is one of the most used web page
creators. Although it isn't the best one, it is easy to use and can
produce good results. Another popular commerical editor is Macromedia Dreamweaver.
There are many free ones available on the Internet - a good place to look is Download.com.
It is possible to write web pages using the Notepad program, which comes
with Windows. This is because web page files are in ASCII (plain text) format.
However, you will need a very good knowledge of HTML to do this. See the How
HTML Works tutorial.
FTP is the method used to transfer files from your computer to a remote
server i.e. your web space.
Microsoft Internet Explorer can be used as an FTP program if you do not have
any other one installed. If you want to use Internet Explorer as your FTP
program, you must make sure the 'Enable folder view for FTP sites' option is
checked. To check this, go to 'Tools' - 'Internet Options...' and click on
the 'Advanced' tab. The option is in the 'Browsing' category:
Many Internet service providers (ISPs) offer a small amount of web space for
use by their customers. Unfortunately many people are unaware of this and
it goes unused. Check your ISP's website to see if yours offers web space.
Alternatively, you can find websites that will host your site for free
(usually supported by adverts) or you can pay for the space. For example, £2.34 a
month will get you 250 MB of web space as well as a domain name and 20
e-mail accounts. See the 1&1
Beginner hosting package.
You will need to know the FTP server name, your username and password for you
to be able to upload files to your web space using an FTP program.