just starting to put together some great resources for helping you
design you very own website. Meanwhile you can read the following
article to get you started. It has some resources listed with
it. You'll also want to visit the WebMonkey
Your Own Website
every internet account comes with free webspace for placing your own
pages on the web. There are also a number of directories now offering
free webspace. Youíve got the space. Now all you need is a little
know how to create your own website. Iíve put together some of the
best resources for making website creation as easy as possible.
want to start with an html editor. Now donít panic. You donít need
to know html to use a good editor. Even some free editors are now
WYSIWYG, What You See Is What You Get. Itís almost like working in
a word processor except that the formatting is a little different.
The top two picks are America On Lineís AOL Press and 1st
Page 2000 by Evrsoft. AOL Press is available at http://www.aolpress.com/.
The AOL Press site has a clip art gallery and full documentation for
the program. AOL Press allows you to upload directly to your website
location. You donít need to worry with learning to ftp. If you are
an America Online Member, you will find extensive help for AOL Press
at Keyword AOL PRESS. Within the AOL Press program is a tutorial which
I recommend you take before starting out if you are completely new
to html editing.
Page 2000 is available at http://www.evrsoft.com/.
1st Page 2000 has many little extras like the Java Script
Rollover Image Wizard which takes you step by step through creating
your own rollover images. This program does so much more than just
basic html editing that you will be using it for years to come. It
has three modes to work in from easy to hardcore, so you can gradually
build your way to creating extremely complex websites. Starting in
easy mode you have access to many resources to help learn to use 1st
Page and learn more about html. I like the fact that by selecting
the edit tab you see the html tags as you work on your pages. Even
using a sophisticated editor like FrontPage 2000, I find myself going
in and tweaking the actual html code. By seeing the code regularly
without having to create it yourself, you will soon come to know what
each tag does. To see your work in progress switch to the preview
tab. This is not quite true WYWSIWYG, but considering all the things
this program allows you to do, thatís really no big deal.
want to allow yourself plenty of time to play with both of these programs
before deciding which one will work best for you. They are both commercial
grade, and yet absolutely free. Turn your kids lose with one of these
programs and youíll soon have more than enough website pages to populate
your small plot in cyber space.
places to get information and assistance:
keep a backup of your website files on your home computer.
use backgrounds or colors that obscure the text on your page.
will leave your site unread if itís done in colors that hurt their
unique, be useful, and remember there are lots of personal sites
that just link to other sites that actually have content on them.
steal other peoples work. That includes their graphics, their writing,
or anything else unique to their site. Unless it says it is free,
it is copyright protected even without the copyright symbol.
you are planning to use a free graphic, copy it to your own page.
Donít link to the graphic on someone elseís web server. You slow
their machine down.
creating links to other sites check to see if they have any guidelines.
link to another site in such a way that it appears to be your own
you want to format your layout a little more, try using tables to
place your graphics. More sophisticated editors use other means,
but they also cost.
your site into several smaller pages rather than one long page.
This makes loading faster and, with appropriate links, makes navigating
your site easier.
graphic image files small.
use too many animated images or other tricks. They make your site
so busy that it gives some folks headaches.