Creating a website might seem like a challenge, but it’s actually quite straightforward and can be a lot of fun.
At its simplest, the website-making process has three steps – making space on the web, creating your homepage within your webspace and then letting people know about it. Of course there is more to it once you get stuck in, but most of the work falls into these categories.
Making space on the web
Think of webspace as a virtual plot of land on the internet. Webspace is widely available, ranging from free to premium-grade, depending on the space, bandwidth, features and support you require (if you’re iffy on the terminology, head here for a brief explanation).
If you’re an iiNet customer, you can dive straight in – your plan comes with 1GB of webspace and easy FTP (File Transfer Protocol) access for getting your files online. Otherwise, you can get hold of your own piece of free internet space at Tripod.com – they’ll give you 20MB of webspace when you sign up.
All webspace comes with a default web address – for example, iiNet member webspace comes with the address: members.iinet.net.au/~yourusername.
Building your site is the funnest part. Websites are constructed from HTML, a language used to tell web browsers how to present text and images on a page. On top of that, you can easily add colour and style to your pages using CSS.
To get started you can follow some of our tutorials on HTML and CSS:
Or take a look at other resources online:
Letting people know about your site
The final step is letting people know about your site. You can skip this part if you’re not in it for the visitors, but if you’re up for taking web traffic a little more seriously, these articles are a great place to start:
Why having your own site is awesome
Aside from getting to share your voice with the world, the web is a simple way to do business. Online, even a small operation can reach a wide audience for very little cost.
Hopefully by now, you’re well on your way to a having website of your own. A quick web search will turn up thousands of answers to common website-making questions, and if you’re ever in need of some professional help, you can always contact our Hosting Team.