Part 1 - Introduction
Creating your own website used to be something that only a few people knew how to do and now it is very easy to get a website on the internet. You don't need any technical knowledge. All you need to know is how to use a word processor.
The Four Questions
In this tutorial we are going to answer 4 questions:
Otherwise known as:
- Why should I build a website?
- What should I put on it?
- How do I build it?
- Where do I put it?
- Why Should I Build A Website?
As I mentioned earlier, it is now easier than ever to make a website. Every day thousands of people start their own websites. Within a few years there will be so many websites that some will never get visited.
Right now you are probably thinking: 'This seems like reasons why I shouldn't make one! Nobody will see it!' but there is a simple reason to start now. If your website is launched this year then there will be a lot less websites competing with you than there will be next year. Once you start getting traffic it will increase as more people connect to the internet. If you wait a few years to start your website it will be harder to succeed that it is now.
Probably by now you see why it is a better time than ever to start a website but you are probably now thinking 'What can I put on it?'
What Should I Put On It?
Building a website doesn't require a great knowledge! Everyone has a hobby and if you are interested in something then there is a good chance that there are thousands of other people interested in it.
For example if you know a lot about pets then you can create a pet website. Other pet lovers around the world will be interested in reading about your tips for taking care of animals, your photos and anything else you put on the website.
You don't really even have to have an interest to write a website about. Why not create a site all about yourself? You can include information about your interests etc., your CV, pictures of yourself, contact details and much more. You can even put your favorite jokes on it! The possibilities are endless.
As you can see you don't need to be a professor to create a website and if you put useful or interesting information on the web then people will visit it.
How Do I Build It?
I will cover this topic in more in the next part but you don't need to know any new programming language to create a web page. WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors now make the process simple. They give you a screen which looks like a normal word processor. You enter the text, format it and the program will write the HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) code for the page. Then all you have to do is save and upload it to the web.
It isn't quite as easy as creating a document in a word processor as designing things for the web is different to designing things for paper but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.
WYSIWYG programs can be downloaded free from the internet so it is free to create your own website. Next week I'll tell you about the different programs on offer and how to use one to start your website.
Where Do I Put It?
Nobody will be able to see your amazing website unless they can find it on the internet. The only way people can view your website on your hard drive is if you have a web server and even then they need to k
now your IP (Internet Protocol) address and they can only access it when you are online.
A much easier way of doing it is to use a web host. These are companies who have lots of computers with extra fast connections to the internet. They have addresses which are easy to remember and there are lots who will host your site for free.
The company will give you about 10MB of web space (enough for thousands of pages), an address like http://yourname.theirname.com or http://www.theirname.com/yourname and will make sure the site stays online in exchange for adverts on your pages.
In a later part, after showing you how to create your site, I will tell you how to pick a good web host and how to upload your files.
Find out what programs you can use to create your website and how to use them to create the first page of your masterpiece!
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