Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Website Tip - How to build a Web site for $0 - Part 1

There are several ways to do it. If you want to make it from scratch, you're probably going to need to have your own HTML creation program, such as FrontPage (Expression Web, DreamWeaver, etc.).

If you don't have one, it's still possible to do it just in Notepad.

So one thing to do is to find a Web site you like. So you can do that with the Web site you like. Then save the page as an HTML file. Then open the HTML file in Notepad. Then you can tweak the HTML code and keep saving it out as an HTML file.

Then you double click the HTML file whenever you want to look at how it's progressing (because Notepad will just show you the code, not what it actually looks like).

The basic idea is that you then keep working on and tweaking the site. Look at the source of other pages (Click View and then Source) and compare as you figure out the code. Don't stop until your site is visually different than the Web site you initially saved, including swapping out all the images.

Eventually you'll want to rent space from Go Daddy (or another hosting provider) and dump your files up there, by using their Web site or by just dumping to an FTP folder.

More later! Leave questions as comments!


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