Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How to Create a Website

Step 1: How to Create a Website

Before you do anything, you will need to create a website. There are two ways of doing this: Do-it-yourself HTML editor, or custom website creators. Using custom website creators is recommended for beginning web designers who don't know HTML code.

If you want to begin with an HTML editor, you will need to find an HTML editor. I recommend CoffeeCup, an either free or paid HTML editor. With CoffeeCup, you can choose a template for your website if you don't know CSS (Cascading Style Sheet), or you can start from scratch if you do know CSS.
Don't know HTML? Here's the basic HTML code for the creation of a basic website:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<head>
<title>Your website's title</title>
<link rel="SHORTCUT ICON" href="http://yourwebsite.com/favicon.ico">
<meta name="DESCRIPTION" content="Your website's description">
<meta name="KEYWORDS" content="your website, keywords">
</head>
<body>
<ul class="navigation">
<li><a href="/index.html">Home</li>
<li><a href="/blog.html">Blog</li>
<li><a href="/about.html">About</li>
</ul>
<hr />
Your website's content goes here.
</body>
</html>

After you write the code for your website, you need to find hosting for it. Free hosting comes with a subdomain (such as http://mywebsite.server.com), and paid hosting usually comes with a domain name (such as http://mywebsite.com). GoDaddy.com is an example of a paid web host.

Once you find your web host, you will need to point your web host-created URL (uniform resource locator) to the HTML codes. CoffeeCup gives you a very good tutorial through this.

That's how you make a website with an HTML editor!

If you want to begin with a custom website creator, you will need to find a website creator. A very customizable and free/low cost website creator is WebStarts. Just choose the package that you want, and begin designing your website.

It's much easier to create a website with a custom website creator, because all of the HTML "site building blocks" are already there.

Have fun!

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