How to Create a Home Page

By Craig Jay

The home page is the most important page of a website. While there are several ways to create a home page, there is only one way to structure a website. Properly creating a home page will ensure that your site is structured properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • text editor (e.g. Notepad)
  • Web browser

Step 1

First, you'll need to decide if you're creating your file online or offline. There are several programs, text editors, that allow you to create a home page online; but if you really want to learn and get the gist of it, offline is the way to go. In the text editor of your choice, you'll begin by creating a file using the proper HTML tags.

Step 2

After you've created your first page you'll need to save it as "index.html." As a matter of syntax, most text files on the Internet end in "html." That is the protocol that allows Web browsers to read your text document and interpret it as a Web page. In fact, all of your website's pages, if they are strictly text files, would end in "html," but only the home page would be called the "index."

Step 3

Next you'd build other pages linking to "index.html," which is your home page. Once you've secured a domain, a browser would then read "index.html" as "mydomain.com" (or .net, etc., whatever the domain name is). As an example, the next page, if you were linking to a section on your site about cars, would be "mydomain/cars.html." If you had a page within the cars section about accessories, the syntax would then be "mydomain/cars/accessories.html." Following this format, the home page basically becomes a directory for all your other pages.

Step 4

Once you've created the necessary pages with the necessary content, you can upload your HTML files on the Internet using an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server. Remember, while you've structurally set up your site to begin with your home page, you'll have to insert the links on the index/home page to link to your other pages and vice versa. Once you upload your site and type the Web address into the browser, the first page you come to will be your home page.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't think that every time you type a Web address into your browser that the initial page you get to is the home page. Some sites have an introductory page, commonly called an "intro." An intro is a Web page, usually stylistic in its design, that loads before the index or home page. Many sites shun intros because they take precious time to load and are thus discouraged in advanced Web design.