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How to set up your own website for beginners.

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Right ok this is my first blog entry so bear with me. Dan the good being that he is has asked me to help with this blog in the vast world of the Internet, now this may be quite a feat for a young lad like myself but I will try to post here as often as I can. And for my first entry I am going to go through the process of setting up your own website. Now I cannot cover all aspects of webdesign as it is a huge subject area, but I will be able to take you on the steps to getting started.

Firstly you will need a domain name, for this you can either register one, or if the name already exists then you will need to purchase one. To do this you will need a name registrar, so either google “register domain name” or the website I use is http://www.namecheap.com/, now this isn’t the best price on the Internet but I find the user interface very easy to use. To use these name registrars you simply type in the name of the domain name you would like, for example www.dem-pcsolutions.com and then it will tell you whether it is available or not and then possibly with different extensions for example: www.dem-pcsolutions.co.uk or www.dem-pcsolutions.org. next you simply register the domain name and then its yours to use.

Next you will have to find a host which will allow people to view your website on the Internet. This is basically a server (which is just a normal computer mostly) which is connected constantly to the Internet, so when the people who wish to view your site type in the domain name or search for it, then all of the files will be uploaded from that server. Now again there are many servers out there that you can use, and there are many differences between them, and you can find them by searching in google for “cheap web hosting” or my friend has a server and it may not be the cheapest around but it has many advanced features that can produce a better website (www.bassethost.com). For example you may see that some are significantly more expensive, but this is normally because there are many different types of packages just like say for your mobile phone contract with different number of minutes, texts and Internet time. Same with web hosting packages, the 2 mains areas to look at are diskspace and bandwidth. Now these are pretty simple (diskspace is the amount of memory the website will take up on the server and bandwidth will usually be the amount of data you transfer between the users and the server per month)and the package you want will depend on how you want your website to perform. For example if you want a website with lots of high memory data like audio or video then you will need lots of bandwidth and diskspace. But if it is just a simple website then not as much resources will be needed.

Now once you have your domain name and hosting set up, you will need to register your domain name with the server and to do this the interface on your account with your domain registrar will allow you to use the “nameserver” given to you by the host.

Then you have everything set up to start making a website. At your server there will be a place where you can view all of your files, just like in windows explorer. Here you can upload files or create a new one that you can either copy code into, or start writing the code in there yourself. Then you need to start building your website, now there are 3 ways to go about this: Firstly the easy way out, by downloading a program that will have a user interface and create the code for you. The second way is to download a template and then simple put the information you want into it. Or the third way (which in the long run will turn out better) is to start learning the code that makes up the websites. The simplest way to go about this is to start with “html” which is the most basic code and is the building blocks of every website. I would recommend that you google for tutorials on this and I find this website very useful for beginners http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/, this site gives you the basics and also some useful little functions that can be put together to make a nice little website for a novice. Using just simple html and some more advanced “php” code (which I will talk about in a later blog) for the contact page, I created a simple yet effective coming soon page- http://www.nerja-online.com/.

I hope you found some of that information helpful, please post any questions if any of this was unclear(which is very likely). And I will hopefully be writing more blog entries in here about more websitey stuff, like some useful codes and tips. Well goodbye for now.

Wes

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5 Responses to “How to set up your own website for beginners.”

  1. very nice wes, i could of done with this a few days ago.

  2. Well you had a more personal tutorial from me if u remember rightly, haha

  3. thanks for mentioning Basset Host. Very well done on the post, a lot of attention to detail! Right, time to work on Text-Mate.com!

  4. lol at the blatent website plugging there haha

  5. Well uno i couldn’t let the opurtunity slip me by 😛


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