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									60 Minutes To Your
Own Killer Mini-Site!




   Oluwafisayo Akinlolu
www.webdesignzombie.com
 www.infocashsecrets.com
 www.instantcashtank.com
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Congratualtions.

By being in possession of this manual, you now own master reprint rights to it.
This means you can sell it for a price you choose and keep 100% of the profits
(recommended minimum resale price $27) or give it out as a bonus to your other
products.

The only restriction is that you cannot modify the manual in any way.




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How To Use The Manual

For effectiveness, you should print this manual and have a computer screen
facing you as you learn to design your first website.

Important points are highlighted either using a combination of italicised and
emboldened letters or highlighted using a red character with a yellow back like
this.

Also for good emphasis, portions I wish to explain in pictures/screen shots have
been marked in bold black rings.

In all, I estimate that you should be able to walk through the process in just about
60minutes and gain high ended skills that will help you create quality web
vending mini-sites for your products and services.




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In this manual, I will show you how to create mini-sites which you can use to
vend products and services over the Internet.

I will walk you through the process of using a very simple software for creating
such websites from scratch in a few minutes and how to publish you websites to a
web host.

By the time, we walk through this manual together, you should be able to do
things like this..




and this…




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If I scroll down this particular page, I get more that looks like this…




and then, you’ll even be able to do something like this…




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the rest of this page looks…




and here’s some more…




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Even if you are a complete novice, this guide will help you to understand how it is
done and will show you how to quickly and easily build these killer mini-sites in
minutes and achieve great results.

For my mini-sites, I use a completely simple software (although of course I have
some other more advanced softwares, I won’t bother you with the details of that
in this manual). I will just guide you through a quick and easy to use tool that
makes the whole process look like a sneeze!



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I will show you how to use Microsoft Frontpage. If you already have Microsoft
Word installed on your computer, it most likely that you also have Frontpage
installed on your computer. Here is how to quickly find out if you have it
installed.

Start up your computer and click the Start menu. Just like the screen below
illustrates.




Next, select the Menu “All Programs” , this gives you a view of all programs
currently installed on your computer. Check through to see if Microsoft
FrontPage is a part of the list.

If yes, you are ready
to begin. If no, here is
a good time to call
your           systems
engineer to install a
copy or if you can do
it, find a software
vendor, obtain a copy
of the software and
install.

If you have the
software     installed,
like I expect you do,
simply click on it to
launch it and let’s get
started.



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When all is up and running, this is the screen you are presented with. Let me
quickly add here that due to advancements in software operations, there are
usually different versions of the same software.

What I will be showing you with is Microsoft FrontPage 2000. There are other
versions BUT whichever one you choose, the process should all be similar – if
there are dissimilarities, such should be slight and I am sure you can quickly get
over them. I will show you how later in the manual.

That said, lets go on.

That screen is a blank screen that contains absolutely nothing. What we are going
to do is create something out of that seemingly nothingness.

The very first thing you should do is to create a NEW Website.

Yes, you can create websites on your local computer which works and is fully
functional. After you finish, you now transfer those files to a web server when
they will then reside and can be
assessed by the rest of the world.

Right now, we’ll just concentrate on
building a fully functional website
just for you.



 How To Create A New
        Web
Step One

On the File menu, point to New,
and then click Web.

The process is shown in the screen
on the right. When you click file, a
drop appears with more options.

Just go ahead to point to New and then Choose Web.

That’s the first hurdle done with.




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Step Two

In the Web Sites list, select the template or wizard you want to use to create the
                                                                new web.

                                                                 Next, you should
                                                                 choose the kind of
                                                                 site you wish to
                                                                 design.

                                                                 You should know,
                                                                 that FrontPage
                                                                 comes with
                                                                 templates that
                                                                 make your
                                                                 website design
                                                                 experience a
                                                                 breeze BUT for
                                                                 now, I’ll keep off
                                                                 those templates.
                                                                 I’ll just show you
                                                                 how to create a
website from scratch.

The very next thing you should do here is to name your website (not too
important a procedure because FrontPage assigns a name to all sites you create
BUT I like doing it because it keeps things organised).

Click in the box and move to the last part of the “file-path”.. this is the naming
part of the website you are creating.

It looks something like this;

C:\Documents      and    Settings\Oluwafisayo\My     Documents\My      Webs\cash-
generators2

The last portion which I have highlighted is the part we would deal with. cash-
generators2 is the name of this particular file I am working with.

You can just clean off the old one and label it with anything you choose. For this
particular project, I will call it “My First Site”

Choose “One Page Web”

Welcome to your first website!
Oooops.. BUT it still looks blank. Not to worry. We will start adding content to it
now that it is created BUT first, let me show you around a little.


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                                                              Click on “Folders”

                                                              Each time you
                                                              need to check
                                                              through your
                                                              files, this is the
                                                              quick way to do it.
                                                              It will give you a
                                                              complete view of
                                                              everything
                                                              contained in your
                                                              website at a
                                                              glance including
                                                              pictures and sub-
                                                              folders.

                                                              You can try it out.




When you click “Folders” you will see a list of files which FrontPage has created
for you automatically. One of such files is the one called “index”

Every website in the world has its own HomePage. The FrontPage is the page
which you see when you enter into the site the very first time. The FrontPage is
usually given a name (a universal name) that tells anybody and everybody
including web-servers what page to show first.

The summary of my whole story is this – each time you create a website, you must
have an initial page called (index). Remember that always!

Fortunately, FrontPage has made it easy because it creates one for you
automatically. So just click “Folders” and open up your index page and we can go
on with creating our killer, profit-pulling website.

Designing your website from this point forward is so simple, you will fall out of
your chair, rolling with joy.

So, let’s go on.

Just type “Welcome To My First Website”




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Save it.

Congratulations. You have just built a fully functional web page for your website
that the whole world can see. To see that I speak the truth, test it in your web
browser.

Here is how to do that.

Click File, then choose “Preview In
Browser”

From the screen that displays, simply
choose your browser.

I have only one browser; that is “Microsoft
Internet Explorer” so, I have chosen it.

To see how your website looks, click
“Preview”

You should see something like the screen below which is a fully functional
webpage.




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Notice that, the webpage you are designing, is now showing on a web browser
which means it is fully functional.

NEVER FORGET – each time I ask you to preview in a browser, always save
your work first or else, nothing will show in the browser.

Let’s add more designs.

The next thing we will do is to type a new line of text containing your Business
Name.

Return to FrontPage and just hit the Enter key on your keyboard once and type
your business name.

I have done that on my screen. It is shown below.

Next, I will add basic formatting to my business name just to show you how
things are done. I will increase size, I will change colour, I will embolden, italicise
and do basic alignments (i.e. change position of text on the screen).




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I have typed out my business name BUT before I begin to show you how to do all
the things listed prior to that, let me show you around some more.




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   1       The store house for different type face called font. This is where you
           change the character type of the text you type
   2       This is the place where you increase or decrease the size of your
           characters. In website design, there are only 7 sizes. 1 being the smallest
           and 7, the highest.
   3       The B, is used for making bold. When you select a text, and click on it,
           the text becomes bold – alternatively, when a bold text is selected and
           the B, clicked upon, the text goes back to normal.
   4       This follows the pattern of the bold command BUT this time, things
           don’t go bold, they get italicised.
   5       Use this tool to underline your text
   6       This is used to align your text to the right. Alignment is a term used for
           positioning. You can make text to be on the right, left or centre of the
           page depending on the look and feel, you want your design to present.
   7       Aligns text to the centre of the page.
   8       Aligns text to the right of the page.
   9       Used to add a background shading to text. By clicking on the small
           inverted triangle by the side, you can actually choose varied colours
           with which to work with. (You can see this in action in places where I
           have made emphasis, even now, that’s what I have working)
   10      This tools helps you change the colours of texts to the desired colours.

To try out these functions, simply select the text you wish to make look different,
then click on one or a combination of the options.




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To select a text, hold down your left mouse button, then drag over the desired
text. When you’ve covered the desired text completely, release the mouse button,
then proceed to choose the option you want.

I will do the following to my business name now, just for you to see how it looks.

       I will increase the character (text) size to 7, which is the maximum
       I will align it to the centre of the page
       I will change the colour to red with a yellow background
       I will underline it
       I will make it bold

Here’s what it looks like when I finish.




You can test how it looks in your web browser using the steps I showed you
earlier. Just turn the pages back if you don’t remember.

Like I told you at the start, this is really simple! As you can see for yourself, your
website is already taking shape.

Lets learn a little more tricks that makes things even more interesting.

If you look at the examples I showed you in the beginning of the manual, you’ll
notice that the pages all have a unique look that makes them very beautiful and
pleasant to look at. Striking also, is the colour which is placed as a background on
the page on which other things are built.


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Your own page looks all white, so, lets tumble things around a little.

You will now learn how to add a background to the your webpage and with it,
make things quite attractive.

To do this, right click on any portion of the page.

A pop-up menu like the
one in the picture to the
right shows up.

Click the option “Page
Properties”; it is circled for
emphasis in the screen
shot.

A larger dialog box is
presented to you which
looks like what you have
in the screen shot directly
below.

From that dialogue box,
select “Background”




The dialogue box now gives you a completely new set of options.




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What we intend doing is to add a background colour, so we just scroll move to the
section that deals with the background, click the inverted black triangle and make
a colour choice (I will make a choice of light green). When you are done selecting,
click “OK” and that’s it!




Your page now looks like this.




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Of course, you can add more information, by typing it in and arranging them the
way you want.

Ok – you have just learnt to create a webpage and also learnt to do a few tricks
BUT our goal is not just for you to create a webpage; our goal is for you to create a
webpage that is a mini-site, which means contains only 1 to 3 pages, has the
capacity to catch attention and pull profit.

What you have designed so far will hardly do that, so let’s get down and learn
some profit rules for building such a website. The one that looks like what I
showed you earlier.

Rule 1 – when you use a dark background, write with a light text (character)
Rule 3 – Do all you can to blend colours and not to mis-match them.
Rule 3 –Never use the full screen for writing when building mini-sites. It makes
it difficult for the eye to follow what you have written and makes reading a
tedious task.

Enough of the rules for now. Rules 1 & 2 are simply enough to understand. To
achieve Rule 3, you’ll need to learn a new trick.

It is called working with Tables.

A Table is actually an enclosure into which things can be put and held. When you
use tables, you can easily keep things neat and set them the way you want exactly.
Le me show you what I mean.

Let’s assume you have a list of 4 items to display on your webpage. The four items
fall into 2 categories, it becomes difficult ordering them if you don’t use tables.
When you use them, it becomes quite easy. I’ll show you.

Let’s assume the 2 categories you have are “Old Stock” and “New Stock”. Under
“Old Stock” you have laptops and monitors. Under “New Stock”, you have
Scanners and lazer jet printers.

First, you’ll need to insert a table.

Go to the Menu Bar and click “Table”




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Choose “Insert” and then “Table” as shown.

You are given options as shown below.

                                           You are required to choose the number
                                           of rows and columns you want, specify
                                           the alignment and choose the width of
                                           the table.

                                           By default, the table width will be set to
                                           100 in percent as shown in the circled
                                           portion.

                                           This means, it will cover the whole
                                           screen. To make it smaller, just clear
the size and put in a new one.

Tip: There is a slight distinction between using percent and pixels for the width
of your tables. When you use percent, I have discovered that tables, tend to shift
or bloat in size later on BUT when pixels are used, they tend to remain as is. Just
play around to figure out what’s right for you.

Be aware that from this point on, all my table settings will be in pixels. I feel
comfortable with that.

You can also choose your “cell padding” and “cell spacing”. Cell padding refers to
the distance between what you type and the edge of the table. Cell spacing means
space between individual cells.

Border size is the thickness of the table borders or lines. When you set the border
size to 0, the table will be visible to you BUT not to visitors to your website and
that’s what I’ll do here.

So, I just go ahead to choose my settings as shown in the screen shot below.




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When done, click OK.

Here’s what I got.




The circled area, represents my table. I can now begin to put things into it the way
I want. First I split it up to get two categories, since I have 2 categories.

To do this, follow the screen shot below…




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You get a dialogue box like the one below.

I have chosen to split cells into two columns as
you can see from the dialogue box, so just click
OK to finish up.

You will now have a table like the one in the
screen below which is split up into two columns
and into which you can start adding content.




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To make things very clear, I’ll just clear the background we put into the page
previously, following a reverse process. Here’s how.

Right click anywhere on the page and click Page Properties.




You’ll be given a dialogue box like the one below;




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Click “Background” and then
choose a white background colour.

The background of the page which
was formerly light green goes back
to being white which was what we
started with in the beginning.

I am sure you remember.

This makes things quite visible and
will ensure that you see clearly
what I am about to show you.

This is how your page should now
look if you did things correctly.




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I will then go ahead to add the categories I listed earlier.

Click in the box and add the contents.




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View how it looks in the web browser. You should now be familiar with the
process. If you are still on line, your webpage will look like this in your browser.




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Notice that the lines, which were guidelines for you in FrontPage when designing,
don’t show here.

To move through the table, use the “Tab” key on the keyboard. When it gets to the
end of the table, it creates a new set of cells (boxes) for you into which you can
add more content.

I will do that now and add the rest of the content which was listed earlier into the
table we are working with.




Viewing it in the new browser, it looks like this.




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To make the headings stand out, I’ll change the colour and make them bold, like
below. I am sure by now, this is not beyond you.




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Looking at it in the browser, it now looks thus..




Of course, we can make things look a little more distinct by adding lines around
the text which shows when viewed in the browser. These like I mentioned earlier
are called table borders.

To do this, Right Click within the table.




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Choose “Table Properties”


Increase the Border Size using the
triangles on the sides to 1.

You can adjust colours (just play
around with the settings one at a
time to see the effects produced)

Using the settings I have put in
here exactly, I finish up by clicking
OK and you’ll now have a screen
like the one below.




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Then, we view it in the browser and it looks like this…




Notice how things have been so easily changed to give better look and a
presentation to the design on our webpage.

Hmm.. now that you have grabbed the basics and learnt the essentials, I will
move faster from this point onward. We’ll cover a lot more ground as we delve
specifically into creating eye-catching mini-sites with very little work.

I am going to create a Mini-Site now for my new product “Website Hosting
Zombie” which contains my personal Zombie secrets for making tons of cash
from the web hosting business while the rest of the world think it is too technical.




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The first thing I will do is to erase every thing I have written so far on the page
and have a clean slate (blank page).




Next, I add a blue background. (You can turn back the pages to see how this is
done).




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I have this.

Now to make my mini-site quite attractive, I now add a table, I centre it, I give it a
background of white (remember what I told you about a light colour on a dark
background).


Notice     carefully   the
settings I have chosen for
creating my table (you
can go back to review
creating tables)

Notice   especially     the
Width I have chosen. I
have it in pixels and I
have chosen a size of 550.

I recommend not more
than 650 for your mini-
site.       For        this
demonstration, I will stick
to 550pixels.

I finish up by clicking OK and here’s what I have.



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Oops.. things still look poor. Here’s what next I have to do.

I make the table have a background of white.

To do this, I Right Click in the table and choose Table Properties.




I choose a white background.




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When done well, here’s what you’ll have.




So, I’ll just start adding the information for my product.

The first thing I put in, is a bold heading – centralised and in reading, giving an
instant catch about my product.

And here’s how it looks after I have added it.




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Preview it in a browser and see how it looks. Here’s what mine looks like.




Hmm.. but I don’t want the text to extend to the very edge of the page, so I’ll do a
little more trimming. This time, around, I’ll adjust the “Cell Padding” from the
Table Properties. (I am sure you can find your way to the table properties
section).

Once there, here’s what you have to change.


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I have chosen 10 as my padding setting, I finish up with OK

The page now looks like this.




Notice now, that there are gaps on the edges of the table.

That done, I can now go on…

Next, I want to add a testimonial right under that heading and I want the
testimonial to stand out.

Again I will use a table.


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I just create a table under the heading with a size of 350pixels, background of
yellow and a padding of 5. (I am sure you can do this easily. If you find it difficult
however, just turn back the pages)

I have this on my screen. If you followed me right, you should have the same.




I will now add the testimonial/recommendation using red letterings as heading
and black for the body.




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And when I preview in my browser, I have this…


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Looking quite good – right? The very good news is that you are the one creating
it.

Now, you need to move out of that new table and add more content as you wish.
You might find this a little difficult, but a quick way is to hold down the “Ctrl” key
on the key board and then depress the “Enter” key simultaneously.

You can go on to add as much as you want in content to the page.

Now that we have covered the essentials of creating your own killer mini site, let’s
now try to do some more with it.

Have you seen those websites that have pictures on them? Yes – that’s exactly
what we’ll do next. We’ll put in pictures.

To add a picture, make sure your cursor (the blinking black line on the page) is
placed exactly where you want the picture to show up.

That done, go to the menu bar and click Insert, then Picture, From File as shown
below.




What I want to do now, is to bring in a picture from a file on my computer which I
have stored previously. When I follow the steps above, I am presented with a
screen like the one below;




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To put in a picture, I click the icon that represents “Select A File On Your
Computer” which is what I have circled in the screen shot above.




Next, another dialogue box, requires you to select a file which you intend to
insert. (If you have created a graphic to serve as the header (the top graphic on
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know where it is kept on your computer, then you need to know the name of the
picture.

Once you have found it, just click on it and what you’ll have is the picture inserted
into your page.

Here’s what I got.




Of course, you should save this, then see how it looks in your browser.

This is fun, isn’t it?

Next, I will show you how to create hyperlinks that link to other pages within your
website or outside your website.

What are hyperlinks? These are click-able text items, which when clicked upon,
take you to other portions of your website or other websites on the Internet.

I am going to add 2 new pages to my website now. The first, will give information
about how to purchase my product while the second gives my contact
information.

So, first thing I do is to add the first and second pages and put in the content
(information) which I want them to carry.

To create a new page, I go to File, New and then Page – as shown below.


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From the pop-up dialogue box, I’ll just choose a Normal Page, since that’s what I
want to work with right now.




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When I have finished with my selection, I click OK.

I am now presented with a fresh page, which I work on to look identical to the
first one (my home page).




When you are done adding your content, save the file and name it.

I have named this page “how_to_order”, so I just go ahead to Save.


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Remember, my goal is to create linked pages, starting from my home page. I need
to navigate back to my home page to get this done.

To do this, I simply click the folder options (circled in the screen-shot below).
This gives me a list of all files within the present web I am creating.




On clicking, I have a screen like this..




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I want to go back to my homepage, named “index” like I told you previously, so
I’ll just click double click on that and BINGO, I am back on my homepage.

Once there, I type “Order Now” on top of my page and then link it to my page that
contains ordering instructions.




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To link to a new page, I select “Order Now” – I then click on Insert Menu,
followed by Hyperlinks as shown below.




I am next presented with a dialogue box much like the one I have below..




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Since what I want to do right now, is just to link to another page within my own
website, all I have to do is just click on the page I want to link to.

Notice that the files contained in this web are all displayed and since where I want
to link to is the “how_to_order” file, I just go right ahead to click on it – then
finish up with OK
(I have marked it with a rectangle for emphasis)

Once that is done, I have a screen that now looks like this (notice that the text
which was originally red, has now turned blue and has an underline. This tells you
it has become a clickable link)




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Save the page and preview it in a browser. Test the link to see if it works.

Using this very method, I can then go ahead to create multiple pages, all within
the same website and have them all cross linked together.

Now, we’ll link outside of our own website to a totally different website.

The process is much the same. Type your text, select it, click Insert, follow down
to Hyperlink and you get the dialog box below.

On my own test page, I want to link the text “Please Go To Yahoo Fast” to
Yahoo!’s home page.




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I now set the hyperlink properties, just like before BUT now with a new twist.




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In he URL box, I type the URL of the website I want to link to in full as shown.
Then I finish up with OK.

When you check the text, it should now have become an hyperlink. Save it and
preview it in your browser. Click to see if it works.

Congratulations, you’ve just learnt how to quickly and easily build mini-sites for
your products and services.

BUT ooops..!

I need to tell you this. Although this is a out of the scope of this manual BUT I
need to mention it.

Website design is a form of programming that works using programming codes
and the standard programming language for website design is HTML (Hyper Text
Markup Language).

While editors such as FrontPage allows a complete novice to design stunning
websites without knowing a single line of code, what the editor actually does is to
write these codes for you in the background.

To view the codes and edit them or add to them (this is necessary in instances
where you want to add additional facilities to your webpages), click HTML at the
bottom of the screen (circled below)




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It displays the codes to you (this is what you would have to know and write if
there were no FrontPage!)




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Now that you have learnt how to build your own website, its time to learn how to
make the rest of the world see the website so you can then go to a point of profit
making. There are three things you should do after you have designed your
website.

Register A Domain Name

This should really be the start of it all. The first thing I do when I try to create
sites is to register a domain name. The reason is not far-fetched. There are a lot of
times when you have a domain in mind and you start a new website around that
domain, only to discover that the domain is not available (which means its been
taken by someone else). In such a situation, you have to start all over again.

So, first – decide what your domain name is going to be. Examples of domains are
www.instantcashtank.com, www.webdesignzombie.com

To check if the domain is available, you can use search tool provided at you
domain registrar.

Domain registry services also have such search tools. While you can decide to go
for a free service like http://geocities.com, http://freeservers.com etc, I don’t
consider you ready for business if you do not register your own domain because it
is really not expensive.




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To register your domain, just go out and find a domain registry service. Go to
http://google.com and do a search for domain registrars. You will get a lot of
registrars who will do it for you at reasonable prices.



Get A Webhosting Account

What is a webhosting account?

A webhosting account is simply a server (or disk space) which almost never goes
down. It is on every minute of the day, every day of the year. It is in this space that
you store your websites files.

Remember that your website is currently on your local computer. These files need
to be moved to a webhosting account.

Read more on webhosting in the
accompanying          manual
“Webhosting Zombie”

Publish Your Website

Welcome to he very FINAL part
of the process.

Once your designs are done,
publish your website to a web-
server (your webhosting account)

To do this, follow the simple
steps below.

Click File, then Publish Web as
depicted in the screen shot on the
right.

You will be required for the
location you wish to publish your
website to.

Just type your website’s URL as
shown the next screen shot.
(I have typed my website’s URL
to show you how)




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When you have correctly typed your website’s URL, click Publish.

Next, you will be prompted for your username and password (your webhost must
have furnished you with both). Just type them in correctly and click Publish to
continue.




This shows that your files are being transferred to you hosting account. Just hold
on until it is complete.

The minute you get a confirmation that your files have been successfully
transferred, you can leap off your chair, give yourself a BIG hug and start showing
your website to the rest of the world.

HINT:

Publishing of your files will work only if you have an active Internet connection.

Also, be aware that sometimes after your files are published it takes about
24hours before it starts being seen. This doesn’t mean that the files are not
transferred. It just means that they’ve not taken root. I have found that use the
keys CTRL + F5 simultaneously usually gives you the current changes but it
doesn’t work all the time.

This phenomenon is more common with domain names though.


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Enjoy creating stunning minisites!




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