There are many ways to start, and many paths
to follow and all of them are equally correct.
Two of the easiest ways to start off will be presented here.
The first way is to find a hosting company that doesn’t
charge anything for its services. Free hosting is not uncommon.
Two companies that provide free hosting are www.jeocities.com
and www.angelfire.com. Both of these hosts allow you to learn
while playing around with your Web site, without charge. The
down side is that these hosting companies make their profit from
advertising on your site. Annoying things like pop-ups, banners,
and the like will automatically be added to it.
The second way is to register a domain. A domain is the address
that has to be typed in every time you visit a Web site. An example
of a domain is www.hpu.edu. One of the cheapest places to register
a domain, about ten dollars a year, is at www.godaddy.com. Follow
the instructions to check if the name you have in mind is still
available. Remember that most single words and family names are
already taken. Try to come up with something original that can
be applied to you or the purpose of your site.
The most important thing you have to do is to choose what software
to use when making your Web site. Most professionals today prefer
a software from Macromedia called Dreamweaver. This allows you
to effectively create, upload, and maintain a Web site in a user-friendly
format. The application software includes tutorials for those
who are willing to learn more than just the basics.
Dreamweaver’s only problem is the price. Expect to pay
up to $250 for the newest edition. Cheaper software such as FrontPage,
offered by Microsoft stock, is useful but will limit your creativity
as you get better.
When you have reached the point where the Web site is functioning
and fills its purpose, it’s time to upload it to a server
that will connect your Web site to the Internet. A server is
a powerful computer that hosts a registered domain and stores
all Web site information for you, usually for a fee about $20
dollars a month. Before choosing a hosting company, determine
how reliable they are by finding the numbers of users and whether
they have a back-up server, and batteries and/or a generator
in case of a power failure.
If you don’t feel comfortable making these decisions, consider
enrolling in Dr. Jade Huang’s COM 3803 course.