A Beginners Guide to Making A Web Site

It is a lot easier than you think to create and maintain a website. You can pay for web hosting and a domain name or you can try a free host. Free hosts usually have their advertising on your page. Many hosts have free online visual editors so that you do not need to know any programming language to create web pages and edit them. All you need to get started is internet access and even this can be accessed free in some places such as libraries in some parts of Australia.

Before you choose a host and sign up for a website, you need to have an email account that you can access. Your new website host usually sends you a validation email with a link that you need to click to activate your website space. Your password is often sent in this email as well. So if you don’t have one, create one. There are many places you can get a free email. Try doing a search for free email services.

Once you have your email account you need to think about what you want your site to be called. Most free websites have the name of the host in your new website URL. You can start with that and buy your own domain name later if you want to forward it to your free hosted site.

You will need a username and password to access your new website space as well so make one up that you will remember and or write it down somewhere.

Now it is time to find a host for your website but before you do here is a little background information to help you understand your website.

A website is made up of web pages (files). Each webpage has a name. The first page needs to be called index.htm or index.html as that is the file your browser will look for first when you type in the address of your website. Each or your pages will usually have a link back to this page, which is often called the home page. Along with your pages you may have some images. I usually create a folder for my images and call the folder images.

File names are often written in lower case but whether you do or not, the case is important. Links to files will not find them if the link has the wrong case. File names for the web should not have spaces in them either. Sometimes people create their pages and save them on their computer first then they upload them to the web host space. If you double click on your web page it usually opens in a browser window. It is easy to think that this page is online because it looks as though it is, so if you are not sure, check the address in the address bar. If the address looks something like this, showing the drive and folder then it is not online. It is on your computer and you will need to upload it to your online host space: file:///C:/Documents and Settings/citwings/index.html. Uploading files can be as simple as clicking an upload and/or browse button in your hosted site webshell / space/ directory. Or you can upload using an FTP (file transfer protocol) program.