Welcome to the very first installment of my "very basic" tutorial on DIY (Do It Yourself) web page. Here I will discuss some of the tools you will need to build a basic web page.
To build a web page, what tools do we need?
- You will need a server. There are many web hosting service providers around with all sorts of pricing and services available. MJBWebHosting.com.au is one that I definately recommend :-) You can check out my hosting plans by clicking HERE.
- You will need an FTP program. FTP Stands for "File Transfer Protocol" and is required to upload your web pages to your server. There are a lot of free FTP clients out there and I have tried quite a few over the years but I keep coming back to FileZilla. FileZilla is an open source FTP client that does everything you need to build a basic web page. You can download FileZilla by clicking HERE.
- You will need a HTML editor. A HTML editor is require for you to create and format your web page locally on your computer. Again, there are many free HTML editors available for you to choose from. However, to build your very first "very basic" web page all you need is Notepad and it comes free with all windows operating systems. Another type of HTML editor that most people (a lot of webmasters won't admit it) use is a Wysiwyg (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor. A Wysiwyg editor has 2 panels, the bottome panel is the code editor and the top panel shows what the page will look like once uploaded to a server. The Wysiwyg editor that I like is KompoZer as it is open source, free, and works very well for basic web pages. The best thing about using a Wysiwyg is, you get to see what your page will look like before you upload your page to the server. The best thing about using Notepad is you will learn much much more about building a web page, however the downside is you have to upload your web page to the server to see if it looks the way you intended it. I would suggest to start off with Notepad as that is all you need to start off on your web building adventure and you will learn and retain the code and tags more effectively.
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