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How to Build a Website

This page is continued from the article on how to build a website. Today it seems as if everyone is online. If it's not your best friend starting a blog, it is your business competition launching a new e-commerce site. Learning how to build a website is the first step towards creating an effective online presence, and it is not as difficult as you might think. You also don't have to go out and purchase a dedicated hosting service to get started, there are many cheap website hosting services for you to choose from to get your first website up and running.

How to Build a Website: Adding Graphics to your website design

You will need pictures on your page. Visitors will not stay on pages that are not appealing to look at, so add pictures. You do this using HTML. The code looks like: 

The part in the parenthesis is the file name for your image. You can also add an image from the web. Bring up the image in its own window in your browser and copy the URL. Then, add this code: 

As you choose images for your site, you will want to consider the overall color scheme and design, and make sure the graphics match.

Adding Finishing Touches to Your website

You probably want your site to be more than just text and images. To do this, you will need to learn a sided scripting language, or "script." A script is a package of code that dictates the way the browser will display the information. There are scripts for all sorts of features, such as forums, games, forms, and interactive videos.

Scripts can be either browser sided of server sided. Browser sided scripts must work with software that is loaded onto the user's computer. Server sided scripts are loaded onto the server that hosts your website, so the user will see the feature no matter what add-ons they have on their computer. 

A browser sided scripting language allows you to add a variety of interactive features. JavaScript is an example of this type of script. If you want to add a forum or moving objects to your site, you will need a server scripting language, such as VB Script, Python, PHP, or ASP. You can find several free scripts to use with these languages so that you can add things to your site without completely understanding the language.  

You will want to link within your web pages to other web pages on your site and also to sites outside of your own. This is easy to do with HTML. The basic HTML code for a link is: 

This will then show up on your site as a hyperlinked piece of text that will direct the user to different sites or different pages of your website.  
To add a background color to your site, you will first need a list of HTML color code numbers. Then, insert the color you have chosen into the following code: 

If you would prefer for the background to be a graphic, you will use this code: 

Keywords for Your webpage Text

Your website will need to contain some text. While properly coding the text is important, the actual content of the text is also important. You need to focus on keywords so that your site will be chosen by Google and the other search engines when someone searches for your product or service. You can use Google's tools to research popular keywords for your site, or you can think of the terms people would be searching for when your site would meet their needs and insert these throughout your website's content.

Saving Your Website

Once you have built your website, you need to save it to your computer. You are basically taking all of the text that made your code and turning it into one file you can upload to the Internet. Save the website as an .html file.

Upload Your webSiteto a website hosting service

When you are finished with your site, you simply need to upload it to your website hosting service. They will use the HTML code to display your site on the World Wide Web. You will use an FTP program (file transfer protocol) to upload your site to your hosting company's server. You do not need a thorough understanding of FTP, because your hosting company will help you understand how to use it and get your site online. Congratulations, because you have successfully learned how to build a website. 

Of course, once you see how the site is displayed, you may want to make some changes. The beauty of HTML code is that changes are not hard. You simply adjust the site's code, and the changes appear on the site. As you shop for website hosting services, find out how accessible the code will be to you once you have created the site. Choose a host that makes it easy for you to make adjustments when needed. 

Now that you have a basic understanding of building a site, take the time to practice. Remember, it takes time to get a site perfect, but the longer you wait to begin, the more money you are losing to the competition by not having an online presence. So take some time to learn HTML, use it to create a winning site, and get your information online! 


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