How to Create a Website for Beginners

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Creating your own web page can be quick and easy once you understands the basics. The easiest way to put together your first web page is with basic HTML. You can also use a web page editor provided by your hosting site to make layout easier. If you don't want to go to the trouble of putting together a website from scratch, consider signing up for a blog that will provide all the layout and graphics. Bloggers only need to provide text for their page.

  • Research your options. If you are interested in owning your own domain name (www.YourNameHere.com) you will need to pay for this service. However, you can start a web page for free through a host like geocities if you're willing to use a name like www.geocities.com/YourNameHere.

  • Sign up with your host. Fill out all the required information and set up your account.

  • Learn the basics of HTML. All HTML code consists of a command entered in brackets <like these>. Entering a command with a backslash before it will cancel the command. Thus <b> denotes bold text and </b> will cancel it. Many resources exist online to explain the basics in more detail.

  • Enter your text. Your website should have a specific purpose. Your text is the main content of the page and will explain to visitors what they are going to find.

  • Add some links. To enter links, you need to know the right code. HTML code for links is <a href="www.AddressHere.com"> Text for Link </a>

  • Add pictures. You can probably host your graphics on the same site that is hosting your page. If not, use a service like PhotoBucket. The code for inserting a picture is <img src="www.LocationOfPicture.com/NameOfPicture.jpg">

  • Maintain your site. Any good web page will require constant maintenance. Update often, and with new and relevant information.

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