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How to create my own website

a guide for beginners

Do you like experimenting? Do you have a basic knowledge, like using word processors and web browsers? With some effort, you will be able to build and install a simple, but attractive website. The aim of this article is to try and explain some of the basic concepts needed to build websites, like HTML, web-servers, free web templates, or content management systems.


How to Create my Own Website
a guide for beginners
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1. Create the files
In order to launch your website first you need to have the HTML and other files your site will consist of. Nicely designed free website templates are available on the net, but if you have the time, you might also decide to write the codes yourself or use a web page editor program to do the task for you.

2. Upload your files to a server
When you are ready with your site, you need to choose a web server you will upload your files to. You might want to register a domain name for your site, as well. Once on the server, the site can be accessed by any visitor from the Internet.

3. Make your site more attractive
There are codes, other than HTML, that can make your web pages more attractive and functional. CSS will make your site good-looking, JavaScript or PHP will result in dynamic effects and functions.

4. Create your professional Web 2.0 site
You might also decide to download, free of charge, professional ready to use dynamic sites, forum programs, or content management systems, personalize them and use them as your own website.

A web page - what is it?

A simple web page is usually a nicely designed text document, with embedded images and with links to other web pages. (More complicated web pages might have other features, too.)
While files used by word processor programs have .doc, or .txt extension, file names of web documents are ending in .html so that the computer can detect, that the file is supposed to be opened with a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, or Firefox). Another common feature of text and web documents is that, similarly to word processors, there are web page editors available. Web page editors will save your documents in HTML format. A document created this way is ready to be uploaded to a server.

Does a webpage work only on web servers?

Before, or instead of, publishing your web page on the Internet, you can place it to the hard drive of your computer, too. It makes no difference to a browser program to download a web page from a folder on your C: drive or from a remote computer (web server). This is very helpful anyway, because this way you can try out your website on your own computer before uploading it to a web server.
The browser program will open your document if you enter the folder and file name. This may be e.g. C:/documents/webpage.html on your computer. The difference is that if you want to open a HTML file that is already uploaded in a folder of a server, you will need a domain name too, so that the browser program can find the remote computer on the net. The domain name will direct the browser to the root directory affiliated with this domain. Now you only have to provide the domain, the folder and file names to the browser in order to download an HTML document from the server:
http://www.example.com/ documents/webpage.html = domain/folder/file name
You surely have already opened many web pages simply by typing in the domain name, without any folder, or file names. This easy way of connecting to web sites is made possible by the servers, because, if you enter only a domain name, the server will automatically look for a file called index.html in the root directory. So if you have a website composed of a number of web pages, you will have to call the main page index.html

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