Often questions are raised regarding how one goes about starting a similar site. Hopefully this will help you find what you need/want to know. I can't answer all questions, but hopefully I can help you get started to finding the answers. Feel free to provide feedback on this if there is anything that could use more information.
I have broken things into a number of topics to try and make it easier to find what you are looking for.
- Where should I start?
- I suggest starting with an idea. This may sound stupid, but without a good idea of what you want, you will never make it. You may change the idea over time, but start with what information you want to convey. A good idea is to start with a travelogue of some sort or other (similar to this site).
- How do I make the pages?
- There are a number of means of making web pages. Most of the pages on this site were created using Microsoft FrontPage. But they could be made using a simple text editor if you are inclined. While not a huge fan of Microsoft, their product is one of the simplest to use and offers a lot to help the novice. It is also used on some huge sites as well.
We have recently imported the pages into a "Content Management System" called Joomla. This is free and open source software running on the web server. An HTML editor is built in as well as menu management. There are a number of functions that we don't use here.
- Where do I put the pages?
- You can start by using the web space that is included in your ISPs fees for service. While it doesn't provide a lot of space, it is plenty to get a few pages going. This site consumes about 135 megabytes of space as of the start of 2005.
- What about domain names?
- You may decide that you want a custom domain name such as 1tree.net. The biggest challenge here is finding a name for yourself. It will cost between $7 and $35 a year for the registration of the domain name. Then you should figure on paying between $5 and $20 a month for the hosting of your site. A place to start is by searching on the internet for "web hosting". You can also register a domain and get started at:
- How do I get the pages on the web?
- Most of the time you will always have the option of using FTP to move the pages from your computer to the web site. But this can be side stepped if you use Microsoft FrontPage. You can simply then look for a site that includes "FrontPage extensions." The majority of hosting places support them. Then you can create the site on your computer and "publish" them all from the same program. I personally use WS-FTP program for moving files to the web server. But it is not the only way. Sometimes the sites offer a method of moving the files from inside their control panel (a web page for controlling your domain).
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 20:43