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Creating A Website

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
  • Creating your homepage
  • Letting people know about it


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.

Shorter, more personalized usernames come in the form of domains, subdomains or short-URL redirects, some available for free online:

ShortURL.com subdomains – free subdomains that redirect to your site
bit.ly – free short-url redirects
Personalised domains and subdomains from iiNet

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:

The basics of HTML
How to create HTML tables
More HTML – images, lists and links
Introducing CSS
The basics of CSS

Or take a look at other resources online:

Creating Homepages – tutorials, hit counters and more
SiteBuilder – website building tool (comes with all business web hosting plans)

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:

Maximise Your Web Presence
Ten Ways to Promote (simple tips from yourhtmlsource.com)
25 Ways to promote your website or blog (more tips from youthedesigner.com)

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.

14 comments

  1. Hilary says:

    Thanks for that 🙂 Nice to get a handy selection of links to help start out.
    I have always wanted to design my own webpage but I chose the lazy way and used Blogger or WordPress and the like due to time restrictions.
    When I do get the chance I will be sure to use your links to get to grips with the basics!

  2. Chris says:

    Howdy

    Ok I’d love to create my own web page to experiment with mostly.

    How do I load me HTTP page so it’ll load if some keys in “members.iinet.net.au/$my_username” into the URL line? so I can make use of my 1gb of web space (though I can’t see how a page would use anywhere near 1gb unless we can store multiple pages)?

    I assume from the “creating a website” that the hypertext code is stored on iinet servers? and not on my own (as my current plan has dymanic DHCP so it’d be a require iinet to do regular redirection if that’s the case)

  3. Adam O'grady says:

    Hi Chris,

    If you check out the link for FTP (File Transfer Protocol) above, it will link to our iiHelp page on “Uploading homepages” which gives you the settings you need to put into an FTP program to connect to the 1GB of webspace.
    You can use the webspace to store multiple pages, images, formatting styles, etc and have them all linked together as well.

    Indeed, the pages you upload will be stored on our servers.

  4. Scott says:

    Hello iinet, I have previously created a HTML website on the web space that comes with my account.Is it possible to install a WordPress theme to this space? If so, can you please advise how? I have uploaded the them via the FTP but it does not work. Thanks. Scott

    • Brianna Burgess says:

      Good question, Scott! We’ve taken a look into this an unfortunately the FTP doesn’t support WordPress. Apologies for any inconvenience.

      – Brianna

  5. Robert Mason says:

    How can I determine how much of my 1 gig web space is used. On my computer the files that I have uploaded occupy 811 meg but if I try and load more files to my web space it just starts creating zero length files of any thing I try to upload. No error messages about disk space just disk in out errors from my FTP client.

    Robert

  6. I have a small web app that works on my home server. It gets some info from a third website but my iinet site seems not to allow this. ( I’m using the get function from Perl LWP::Simple module). Is this too much like cross site stuff for iiNet?

  7. Brianna, thanks for the prompt reply. Arthur

  8. Vicki Goulder says:

    I would like to create a web page for our family but am confused about how to get started. I have read the instructions but as a previous grapevine user cannot create the page using the credentials with our user name with iinet. Can you give me any info?

    • Brianna Burgess says:

      Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for reaching out! We’d recommend getting in contact with our Support (13 22 58) team so we can check that the plan you on has webspace included. It may be that you are on an old Grapevine plan or we need to make a tweak to your username.

      – Brianna

  9. R says:

    I don’t want my website public, I only want to share recipes with friends who are interested, not every internet troll worldwide. How do I password it for authorised people only

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