“Building the Website
© Copyright Ewen Chia
Almost everyone is building a website these days, but by saying that one is building the
website from scratch, he implies that his knowledge on the matter is almost non-existent.
In this case, seeking for answers online can overwhelm him with information. Therefore,
instead of trying to learn all the processes involved in building the website by reading
about it, a better option would be to go ahead at building one and learn the ropes hands
on. In this "practice" website, the intention is to build a website in order to learn how it is
done; selling the website or making it work as a marketing platform is another matter.
That part of the learning process is better tackled later on - preferably by going back to
step one of the building process.
There are two ways of building the website: by using an HTML template or an online
builder. In either way, the designers have newbies in mind so they make website building
as painless as possible. With an online builder, all you have to do is fill in the text and
click on the user-friendly buttons which will take you to the next step. However, since the
purpose for this website building project is to learn, the best way to go about it is to use
an HTML editor or software.
The easiest and therefore the most common HTML editing programs are Microsoft
FrontPage and Adobe Dreamweaver. FrontPage is a program that comes as a part of the
MicroSoft Office Applications, so if the computer's operating system is one of the
MicroSoft products, there is a good chance that the program is already installed in it.
Dreamweaver, on the other hand, is a downloadable product like the Acrobat Reader or
Flashplayer. Both products are used to create websites and are designed to make website
building easy. On top of that, there are HTML templates to be found online, so designing
the website becomes a matter of choosing the right look then editing the colors and fonts
to suit one's preference.
The next thing to do is to insert the text in the right places. The easiest way to do this is to
write down everything on the notepad, then copy and paste it where they should appear.
In some HTML editor programs, one can click on an "Edit Page" button or something
similar, and then copy/paste the text unto the text box that appears. The text will then
appear when the OK button is depressed.
When the text is done, one can opt to add pictures to the text to give it a better visual
appeal. To do this, all one has to do is save the picture as a JPG or JPEG image in the
computer, then use the online builder or the HTML editor to upload the picture to the
website. Most commands for this procedure starts with something that says "insert
picture" or "insert image", then "browse". Once the correct picture file is selected, the
OKAY button will automatically upload the picture. One can do the same with other add-
ons such as video files, photo galleries, etc. These procedures stay the same for all the
pages, so that the rest of the web building exercise becomes a repetitive exercise.
When one is done, clicking on the "Preview" button will show how the website will look
in the internet. The next steps will be choosing the right domain name for the website to
make it easier to find. After that, the next step would be to look for a good web host.
However, these next steps will take us out of our present topic about learning how to
build a website. For this purpose, once the website is built, the student can simply
practice exploring, editing and tweaking the website as a learning exercise. In doing so,
the student is advised to learn the language as well. This knowledge will become
extremely helpful when searching for additional information online later on.
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