How To Make A Web Site
Many of you have said that you need help in
making a web site. It is quite easy, once you understand a few things.
Since I just made this, it is very basic but expect this to grow in the
future. Remember, my main
site started out as just a small list of links.
Step 1: What Will Your Site Be On?
First off, decide what your site is going
to be about. This is the most critical part. If you don't have good content,
no one will come to your site. To get some ideas, browse Tripod's
Pods or Geocities
Neighborhoods. Both these places display good pages in certain categories.
Step 2: Learn HTML
Every year, thousands of sites are made
which go un-noticed. This site is not un-noticed, because it has the gimmick
of free stuff. People like free stuff and they especially want a good site
to tell them about it. That's what I set out to do in August of 1997.
Above all, think of a topic which you
are interested in and other people will be too.
HTML is the computer language used in
web pages. It is simple to learn, I can't understand BASIC or C+ so if
I can do it, so can you. There are programs that do HTML for you, but in
order to have a successful site, you need to learn HTML. I know HTML, but
I use a program to do it for me because it is faster. Many times I have
to go back and hand edit the pages made to make them better. A working
knowledge of HTML will also help you design better pages as you know the
capabilities of what HTML can do.
Step 3: Get Hosted
A book store or local library should have
a book on HTML. I suggest you try to find one of the thinnest books available.
The lengthy ones give to much information. You can always learn that extra
stuff later. You can also try an online HTML tutorial. Many people
have learned from these and I learned all about the new stuff HTML has
Good HTML Books
To Do The Work
Getting a place to host your site or store
it on the internet is one of the more crucial but easier of things to do.
Just sign up at a place and you are nearly done. They will have instructions
on how to put the pages to their server (or big computer that stores your
web site in simple terms).
Step 4: Graphics
You will most likely want graphics on
your page. Don't go overboard with these. They may be nice, but they slow
down the length of time on how fast your page loads. I and other people
commonly press 'Stop' if a page loads slow because there is no point in
viewing it. Use graphics sparingly.
Step 5: Extras
Also, find images to match what color your
background is. This makes your page look allot slicker. I also personally
suggest not to use a tiled image say of your dog for example as a background.
It comes out ugly and un-readable.
These are not necessary, that's why they
are called extras. You will have to find out how to insert them on the
site that provides these extras how to put them in. There are so many I
just don't know how everyone works. A guest book is a thing that allows
visitors to leave their name, email address, comments and more on a web
site. A counter counts the number of visitors a page has received.
Step 6: Promoting
Extras can be nice and fun, but don't overuse
Get your page noticed. Since you probably
have the best page on the internet, you want people to see it. Try telling
all your friends about it, newsgroups and chat rooms (when appropriate),
sites which offer awards, submit it to search engines, and anything else.
Above all, send your site to search engines so that way when someone types
in the subject of your page lets say Tim Robins, they will see your page
in the listings. Banner exchanges are one of the better ways to get
your site noticed. All you do is put a banner (an adverting image) on your
page that randomly changes with each visit. Then, on other sites, they
will see your banner sometime as all images are randomly shown. You promote
other people's sites, they promote yours. Confusing yes, but it works.
Step 7: Why Not Link to Me? (:
If you make a good page, it would be a
shame to go unnoticed. Do whatever you can that is legal to get it noticed.
If you link to me, I'll link to you. Plus
I also want to know if this helped anyone. This is not necessary.