How To Create A Webpage
by Sally Frederick Tudor
September 6, 2010
Step 1 – Choose a domain name & the BEST web host One of the things you’ll need to do is to buy a domain name and pick a trustworthy web host. The prices vary from host to host as well as the services. For most everyday sites, we have finally chosen our #1 all time best web host after YEARS of trial and error. But…First of all, what exactly is a web host? A web host is a place where you can store your website online and makes it easy for the world to access your site.
For example, once you make your web pages using our free tutorials and free software, then you need to take them from your computer and put them online. That’s what web hosts offer, they allow you a place to store your newly created web pages. That space is on their computers which are directly linked to the internet. In fact, they literally help make up the internet. At the same time you get the hosting, you’ll also get to choose your domain name. The domain name is just your web site name, like http://www.designyourownweb.com. It tells everyone where you can be found on the web. It’s a unique address to your site.
Step 2. Picking your domain name…There are now over a billion websites out there, literally. So, the web is an enormous ever growing place, which can make choosing an effective domain name both necessary and a challenge. Most of the simple names are already taken. And in different variations. But, it’s still possible to find great domain names with just a little searching.
Before picking your own domain name, here are some tips to help you brainstorm: Try to go with .com whenever possible. There other variations that will work just fine (but people have gotten use to .com). Other extensions are .net, .us, .org, .ws, etc. Try to use keywords in your domain name – Keywords are the words people type into search engines to find what they are looking for. If you are building your own ‘golden retriever’ web site, then ‘golden retriever’ should be in your domain name. For example, http://www.goldenretrieverdogtoys.com.
Step 3. Keeping it short and simple – If possible the shorter the better. Particularly if people are actually typing it from offline instead of clicking on it. If it’s entirely accessed from online, then it really doesn’t matter. To dash or not to dash – If you really like a domain name and it’s not available, try the same domain name with dashes. For example, http://www.goldenretriever-dogtoys.com, or some variation on that theme, http://www.golden-retriever-dogtoys.com, etc. Some people don’t like dashes, but one or two is probably ok. Then click the placeholders to add your own pictures and captions.
Step 4. Pick a Web Page Design Editor. There are several Web Page Design editors. These editors help you to more easily build your web pages. The one’s that are the easiest to use are called WYSIWYG. This stands for What You See Is What You Get.
Now, the one editor that we cover extensively here in our tutorials is Nvu. Nvu is 100% FREE. We are also working on a Dreamweaver tutorial as well, coming soon. Nvu allows you to easily insert text, graphics and other objects into a blank web page. This in turn creates HTML source code (Hyper Text Markup Language) behind the scenes.
Step 5. Nvu, or the latest version called Kompozer is a FREE, available to all, web page editor. You can use it to design your own website. It’s great when you’re first starting to design web pages, especially considering the price tag. http://download.cnet.com/KompoZer/3000-10247_4-10655200.html
Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 is the latest version of Dreamweaver. It’s the flagship web design editor. It also costs about $370. However, if you are SERIOUS about web design, this is the BEST program out there. And it’s awesome once you know how to use it.
Step 6. I created a Website for Free with Windows Live. http://www.officelive.com:80/en-us/free-website This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to create a webpage. I named it Sally’s Special Services. http://studor.tech.officelive.com/default.aspx
I also have blogs on Typepad—all Free! http://tudorsally.typepad.com
Step 7. I have created several blogs. Some for my family genealogy and some for my business and politics. As you can tell I love colors and photos. People like photos and videos.
Free Blogs from Blogger http://sally-frederick-tudor.blogspot.com/ http://sallys-special-services.blogspot.com/ http://texastudors.blogspot.com/
Free Blogs from WordPress http://texastudors.wordpress.com/
Step 8. There are several Free photo websites:
Google has Picasa3 http://picasaweb.google.com/home
Yahoo has Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/22441482@N06/ Flickriver http://www.flickriver.com/photos/22441482@N06/
Step 9. Essentially you can use any photo you wish for your webpage, or not use photos, but I have never seen any webpages without photos. Photos make your webpages more attention-getting, which I believe is the whole purpose of a webpage to advertise your business, or show off your family photos. You can use your own photos. It is a simple cut and paste job. Anyone can do it. I taught myself. You can learn it too, you just have to have the desire and the commitment to practice doing it. The more you do it, the easier it gets.
It’s just an example of how pretty you can make your webpages or blogs. My niece liked mine so much that she made her own for her business.
Step 10. I love CNET and FileHippo for Free and safe downloads.
GIMP is a Free Image Editing software. http://www.filehippo.com/download_the_gimp/ There is no end to the possibilities in planning, and designing your webpages and blogs.
Step 11. Steps in Creating A Webpage
1. Planning your webpage to accommodate your business considering type of business and targeted audience.
2. Designing your webpage to client’s specifications.
3. Proofreading for errors. Errors make your webpage look very unprofessional.
4. Publishing page to reach targeted audience.
SUGGESTION: Back-up, back-up, back-up! Back up your backup. In fact, save with different name, in case of corruption of your first copy. You can always delete later.
Step 12. Sally’s Special Services, Sally Frederick Tudor, Desktop Support & Repair, Security Analysis, Database Administration, Webpages, Blogs, Powerpoints, Security Awareness Training, and Computer Tutoring.
Free estimates. Reasonable rates. References upon request.
- HTML Every Business Owner Should Know (roundpeg.biz)
- How to Convert A Webpage to PDF Without Any Software (shoutmeloud.com)
- New to web hosting, what hosting services can I use? (ask.metafilter.com)
- SEO for 1st timers (pooriast.wordpress.com)
- Web Design: 20 Hottest Trends To Watch Out For in 2013 (hongkiat.com)
- Host webpages on Google Drive (googledrive.com)