How to Build a Web Page

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Before You Start

Building a Web page isn't one of the hardest things you'll ever try to do in your life, but it isn't necessarily easy either. Before you start this tutorial, you should be prepared to spend some time working on it. The links and articles referenced are posted to help you, so it is a good idea to follow them and read them.

There may be sections that you already know how to do. Perhaps you already know some HTML or you already have a hosting provider. If so, you can skip those sections and move to the portions of the article that you need help with. The steps are:

  1. Get a Web Editor
  2. Learn Some Basic HTML
  3. Write the Web Page and Save It to Your Hard Drive
  4. Get a Place to Put Your Page
  5. Upload Your Page to Your Host
  6. Test Your Page
  7. Promote Your Web Page
  8. Start Building More Pages

If You Still Think It's Too Hard

That's okay. As I mentioned, building a Web page isn't easy. These two articles should help:

Next: Get a Web Editor

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Get a Web Editor

In order to build a Web page you first need a Web editor. This doesn't have to be a fancy piece of software that you spent a lot of money on. You can use a text editor that comes with your operating system or you can download a free or inexpensive editor off the Internet.

  • Before You Buy Web Design Software
  • The Business Case for Editor Types
  • Common Myths and Facts About Modern WYSIWYG Editors
  • How to Evaluate a Web Editor
  • Find the Perfect HTML Editor

Next: Learn Some Basic HTML

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Learn Some Basic HTML

HTML (also referred to as XHTML) is the building block of Web pages. While you can use a WYSIWYG editor and never need to know any HTML, learning at least a little HTML will help you to build and maintain your pages. But if you're using a WYSIWYG editor, you can skip straight to the next part and not worry about the HTML right now.

  • Free XHTML Class[br /]Learn HTML over 10 weeks. A great free resource if you have more time.
  • HTML Tutorial[br /]Learn HTML at your pace. Less comprehensive than the class, but you can read all of the tutorial in less than a day.
  • XHTML Tags Library[br /]If you want to learn by playing with the tags, the tag library provides information on how to use all the valid HTML tags.

Next: Write the Web Page and Save It to Your Hard Drive

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Write the Web Page and Save It to Your Hard Drive

For most people this is the fun part. Open your Web editor and start building your Web page. If it's a text editor you'll need to know some HTML, but if it's WYSIWYG you can build a Web page just like you would a Word document. Then when you're done, simply save the file to a directory on your hard drive.

Next: Get a Place to Put Your Page

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Get a Place to Put Your Page

Where you put your Web page so that it shows up on the Web is called web hosting. There are many options for Web hosting from free (with and without advertising) all the way up to several hundred dollars a month. What you need in a Web host depends upon what your website needs to attract and keep readers. The following links explain how to decide what you need in a Web host and give suggestions of hosting providers you can use.

Next: Upload Your Page to Your Host

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Upload Your Page to Your Host

Once you have a hosting provider, you still need to move your files from your local hard drive to the hosting computer. Many hosting companies provide an online file management tool that you can use to upload your files. But if they don't, you can also use FTP to transfer your files. Talk to your hosting provider if you have specific questions about how to get your files to their server.

Next: Test Your Page

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Test Your Page

This is a step that many novice Web developers omit, but it is very important. Testing your pages ensures that they are at the URL you think they are at as well as that they look okay in common Web browsers.

Next: Promote Your Web Page

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Promote Your Web Page

Once you have your Web page up on the Web, you'll want people to visit it. The simplest way is to send out an email message to your friends and family with the URL. But if you want other people to view it, you'll need to promote it in search engines and other locations.

Next: Start Building More Pages

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Start Building More Pages

Now that you have one page up and live on the Internet, start building more pages. Follow the same steps to build and upload your pages. Don't forget to link them to one another.