How to Create Your First Web Site

How to Create Your First Web Site. These simple guidelines are for entry-level Web programmers. Better options are available for more sophisticated users.

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Create Your First Web Site

Getting Started

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Choose an ISP to host your Web site.

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Investigate several hosting services, considering factors such as maximum space, accessibility, reputation and terms of service.

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Select and download a Web-page editor. Several simple editors are available for free; Netscape Composer is one. These editors let you see what your site will look like as you build it, so you won't have to learn HTML or other programming languages.

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Your Web-page editor will give you specific instructions about options such as naming your site, creating different sections, creating backgrounds, adding links and inserting images.

Using Images

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Create images for your site by drawing them with your computer's paint program or by using a scanner for photographs and other hard-copy images.

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If you find an image on another Web page that you'd like to use, e-mail the page's owner or administrator and request permission to download and post it. Download an image from a Web site by right-clicking on it (or clicking and holding on a Mac) and selecting Save Picture.

Publishing Your Site

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Your Web host ISP may have its own system for uploading pages. Otherwise, obtain a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program. Any will do.

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Open your FTP program and log in to your host server by entering your login name and password.

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Access the directory where your home page belongs. (Your Web ISP will give you this information.) The directory address is usually in the form of /pub/username, /pub/www/username or /pub/username/www. Your FTP program and host server will have specific instructions on how to access your directory.

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Upload each page and graphic of your site according to the specific instructions of the FTP program and your host server.