Web Design Page
Getting Started on the Web
You will need a Computer with a Browser and an internet connection to see the Internet with. Your Computer and OS will determine what browsers you can use. It's good to keep up to date with the latest browser versions and plug ins to use their full features.
- Anonymizer.com if you want a great 56K dial up service nationwide, that keeps your info private for less then the price of big names like AOHELL and EarthStink, try them! Also privacy services available.
- Browsers.Com A great variety of the big name and some more obscure browsers here to download.
- iCab great browser for Macs
- Lynx is a text only browser, great for when you have to research or find information in a hurry and don't want to see all the bells and whistles of some sites that take FOREVER to load.
- Netscape although why you'ed want it is beyond me :(
- Microsoft's Internet Exploder I hate Microsnot, but it is the best browser I've used ...
Free Web Based Email Account
With so many free e-mail providers out there, it can be confusing. Eventually though, it will all boil down to which one suits your needs best. Here are a few "mega-lists" along with some of my personal opinions on who's great & who to avoid.
Web Page Hosting
Now that you have your email set up, you can find a home for your new web pages to reside at. It's usually best to start with a free webhost to get the feel of what you're doing. The down side of this is the forced advertising in the form of popups, banners, and all kinds of annoying intrusive things the host will put on your pages.
Once you feel confident creating your pages and feel like you have a good following of people accessing your site, you'll probably want to move to a paid webhost. A few paid hosts that have my personal recommendation are listed below as well.
- The Free Site's free web hosting listings, also lists many other freebies for your pages
- free-webspace.org searchable list, with babelfish translater
- free-webhosts.com searchable list, sorts out cobranded providers
- freewebspace.net searchable list
- Free Host Department is a great free host, although the pages are a bit slow to load.
- AOL Hometown if you have AIM, you can get a free website with AOL.
- How to kill popup ads on free Web hosts
Basic Text Coding and Formatting
First of all, you don't need an expensive program to make good web pages. I've been coding by hand for YEARS now and would not have it any other way. You will then want to get an idea of what you want your web pages to look like, probably based on some neat ideas you have seen on other people's pages, or maybe from an inspirational design idea of your own. You will need a basic text program such as Simple Text, Nisus Compact, or Microsoft Word for this. (The first two programs are free) Coding is easy to learn and the basics can be learned in a few hours.
Colors, Backgrounds, and Graphics
Once you have basic HTML text coded, you can then decide on your background and text colors, background images, and graphics such as bars and buttons for your site.
- ColorMaker Java & Colormaker Original. It's a great little chart that lets you test colors for you background and text on a sample page or on your webpage. Gives you a body tag to copy into your page. Links to Framemaker & Tablemaker.
- Robin's Graphics List has links to many different pages of freely available graphics to decorate your web pages with.
- RGB Chart of color codes
Customizing with Goodies!
Now that you have a basic web page up, you will want to add some goodies to it and customize it to be both more of a reflection of you and to provide you with more functional help and information. Most of these places are free and only require a link back to them for their services.
Promote Your Web Page
Once you have your web page(s) up and running, you are ready to have thousands of internet surfers come by. Here's some ways to promote your web pages. It may be a good idea to have a "spare" email account to use when signing up & registering with these places, as you will get quite a bit of spam.
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