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  Here are some tips and hints on how to get a website set up on your own. HTML is not so hard as it seem, yet, it does look like greek to someone seeing it for the very first time! In this page you will find some help along with links on where you can get a website hosted, your domain, etcetera.

:: Basic Introduction to having a website, explanations of terms, what does it all mean...

:: Basic Introduction to HTML

:: Guestbooks

:: Ultimate Guide to Web Hosts

:: Ultimate Guide to Domain Registration with or without Site Hosting

:: Misc. Web Services - Counters, Submission, graphics etc.

Basic Introduction to to having a website, explanations of terms, what does it all mean...

Building My Web Page
Ok now that you have the web page idea and hosting down (see below for hosting info). How are you going to build this page you ask?

Free Templates - If you choose to go with a free web hosting, most of them have free templates that you just fill in the information on the web page. You do not need to know how to write html code or to have another program to use these.

WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Programs - These programs consist of html generators. What this means is that you simply layout your web page with graphics, text etc. and the html is made for you. All you do is copy and paste the html into your web-hosting page. These programs work similar to Microsoft Word, in that you see your layout. You can change the fonts, the colors the backgrounds, add images etc. to your document and it will be viewable, as it would look on your web page.
Some of the programs that will do this for you are
- Microsoft Front Page (both the full version and Express),
Netscape Composer,
I personally use Dreamweaver. If you have Netscape on your computer, you will have Composer. It is an easy program to use and as you get familiar with it you can do anything with it. Microsoft Frontpage Express came with some versions of Internet Explorer, if you do not have it on your computer, do a search for it on the internet. I have used it and it is good. Dreamweaver is very expensive, around $299.00. It is the absolutely best program I have used, and I have used them all. Using all these programs after laying it out, you can save your document, preview it in a browser, so you see exactly what it will look like. The HTML is generated for you from your layout. You can then either FTP it to the web-hosting site or copy and paste the HTML.

Your own HTML code - If you can write your own html code you can write a web page in Notepad, Microsoft Word or anything other word processing program. You can also use it in the above mentioned programs, FrontPage and Dreamweaver. With these you can do some things with the WYSIWYG, such as layout, and then hand code some things in separately, like counters (counts the visitors to my pages), forms (that people fill out and the info is sent back to me), Paypal button codes for items purchased.Although with Dreamweaver you can paste the HTML code right onto the WYSIWYG and it will recognize it.

FTP what is that? FTP stands for file transfer protocol. FTP is commonly used to transfer Web page files from their creator (you and your computer) to the computer that acts as their server (your web host). There are many good programs that you can use.

Tips for building your website
After your page is loaded and available for viewing, be sure and check it out using both Netscape and Internet Explorer. This used to be more important, but nowadays, as long as it works fine with IE you're fine, not many people use Netscape anymore. Keep your image size small so that the page loads quickly. Large images will cause your page to load very slowly. I do my own images and logos and do them in an imaging program called Micrografix Picture Publisher. Another great program is Paint Shop Pro (PSP). It allows you to design and resize your images for the web. Center things like pictures, counters, and headings. Keep your information paragraphs short and having more white (blank) spaces on the left and right hand sides make it easy to read. If you choose to use a pretty background for your page, be sure that it is transparent enough so that your information is still readable. Example would be having a dark blue background with blue fonts, it would be very hard to read. White is best with color added from your images and fonts. If you want to sell items from your web site, consider using Paypals shopping carts and Buy buttons. They are easy to set up and give you the html codes you need. Shopping carts get expensive and as a Paypal member they are free. You can find plenty of graphics on the internet to use on your pages for free. Just make sure that you read the terms of service very carefully on each page that you want to take graphics from. Most graphic designers do not allow you to use them on commercial pages, but will grant you a license for a small fee for an entire matching set. You can do searches for a certain theme and find lots of graphics. Most designers ask that you place a link back to their web site on your page if you use their graphics, please give credit where credit is due. And last thing about graphics, always download them to your own computer and never link directly to their web site.

**Basic Introduction to HTML**

You will need a basic text editor, such as Notepad, which is available on any PC. One thing to remember is that every HTML tag MUST have a beginning and an end

Here are your basic webpage tags:

<TITLE>Your page title goes here</TITLE>

Everything that you want to appear on your webpages is put into this space, between the body tags.


This is how you make a link... remember, you need the full url, including http:// such as:

<a href="">Sleeping Angel Creations & Services</a>

That creates: Sleeping Angel Creations & Services

Linking/Jumping to somewhere on the same page can be done with anchors... I used anchor at the top of this page to link to this same page... just somewhere below. Put the anchor like you see below where you want to bring the visitor to: <A NAME="basic"></A>
You can then link to it by using this if on the same page: <A HREF="#basic">Basic HTML Help</A>
If you are linking to it from a different page, then use the full link, followed by #basic like such: <A HREF="">My Links</A>

Back to the top of the page?

You would write the html coding for your anchor as: <A NAME="top"> placing that next to your first line of your "table of contents". Then, further down on the page, where you want to put a "back to top of the page" type link, just put in: <a href="#top">Back to Top</a>

Make an Email Link?

<a href="contactme.htm">Email Silvia</a>
Creates: Email Silvia

Everything between the <a href=...> and </a> tags is part of the link "text", even if it is an image, or, includes words and an image.

To add a background image to your page, you need to add this into the opening body tag; remember that you can use a .gif or a .jpg, you just have to change the filename in the following code if you use a .jpg. Substitute your own information where you see bold text:

<BODY BACKGROUND="your background image name.gif">

If you just want a background color different than white, add this where you see the bold text: <body bgcolor="#000000" (whatever color # you want)>

If you want to have a color background AND a background image (you will have a color background while the background image loads), you can add this tag: <body background="name of background.gif" bgcolor="#000000" (whatever color # you want)>

You can also have a fixed background. When you scroll down your page, your images and text will move but the background image will stay in a fixed position.

<BODY BACKGROUND="YourImageName.gif" bgcolor="#ffffff" bgproperties="fixed">

To add text, you need to set up a paragraph with paragraph tags. The text will automatically be aligned to the left:

<p>You put your text here</p>

To center your text you do this:

<p align=center>This will center your text</p>

To align your text on the right you do this:

<p align=right>This will align your text to the right</p>

To make your text bold you do this:
<p><b>This will make your text bold</b></p>

To italicize your text you do this:
<p><i>This will italicize your text</i></p>

To underline your text you do this:
<p><u>This will underline your text</u></p>

In order to make a line break you need to add this tag wherever you want to return to the next line: <br>. You can use this tag to make vertical spaces between images, and it works just like the enter key on your keyboard. The special character [ &nbsp; ] (non-breaking space) forces a space break, and can be used when you want to force a web browser to show:

         extra blank space.                     Like this.

Just use as many &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; as you need to create the effect you want.

An entire section of text can be indented on both left and right edges using the <blockquote> tag:

A paragraph can be set off as a quotation, getting indentation on both left and right sides, by enclosing it in a pair of 'blockquote' tags.

You can change the font on your page by adding this directly after the <body> tag. This will change all the text on that page to the same font.

<basefont="your font name" size="3" color="#your color">

If you want to change the font for just a portion of your text you can override the above code by adding this code:

<font face="your font" size="your size #" color="#your color number">your text goes here</font>

All of the text in between <font> and </font> will be changed, but the text before and after this tag will be the default font that you set up in the basefont tag.

To put an image onto your webpage, you would put this in your html:

<img src="imagename.gif">

Now, if you wanted to put an image on your site that is linked to another site (useful when having adopted creatures/images on your site), you would put this on your site:

<a href=""><img src="angel.gif"></a>

This will make a border on your image, to get rid of the border, add border="0" to your image tag, which would make it look like this:

<a href=""><img src="angel.gif" border="0"></a>

For GREAT HTML books for beginners, may I suggest...

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HTML Gear - Very nice place-they improved it dramatically in the past few years.

Dreambook - I have all my guestbooks with this site, very nice.

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**The Ultimate Web Hosts Guide**

Your own ISP - Most ISP's (your internet provider) provide web space to their members. Some ISP's limit the free pages to personal pages and commercial pages they charge a fee for monthly. For example, your internet provider may allow you free personal pages Up to 2 megs. Megs is how much info you can store on your web site. When doing a commercial page, 2 megs. is not much space. For commercial web sites, they charge $14.95-$34.95 depending on the size of your web site. You can host your images on your site.

  Free web hosting - They usually provide you with some templates that you can use for your pages. You can change the text and graphics on them to fit your needs. They often provide enough web space for a small web site. If you are going to have lots of images or are in need of a shopping cart for selling, you most likely will not have enough room without up grading to a pay site. Free web sites all have some form of advertising on them. Either they are large banner ads or the pop up ads. The pop up ads tends to annoy people and I recommend for a business site that you choose a free site carefully. Some free web hosts give you a choice of either banner advertising, which you can customize for your web site or pop up banners. I can handle banner ads on a site, but the pop ups personally cause me to leave a site more than often than I stay.
Here are some examples of free web sites:
Be sure and read the terms of use for the site you choose as some of them have some strict terms. You could suddenly loose your entire site if you violate the terms. Free web sites limit the amount of bandwidth that your site has. Meaning that if your web site ends up getting a lot of traffic to it, at some point someone will click on your link and get a "this page has exceeded the allowed bandwidth", and your page will not be there. It will come back up again, but if someone is looking to buy something from you, they most likely will go elsewhere. Most free sites allow you to upgrade to a pay package, which would give you more space and more bandwidth.

Paid Hosting - Paid hosting is just that, you pay a per month fee. Some range from $4.95 a month to $50.00 or more depending on the hosting package you choose. Below are many links for web hosting, just be sure to read the fine print.

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**The Ultimate Domain Purchase with or without Site Hosting Guide**

Your own domain is a web site that you register for a yearly fee. You pick a domain name of your choosing. One of mine is Having your own domain name allows you to have ownership of the name, customize it for your business and usually is easier for others to remember you by. Remember if you are building a site for your business, you want to pick a name that is easy and clear for your buyers to remember you by. There are many places on the net that you can go to and register your domain from. The costs are anywhere from free to $50.00. The free domain registrations are usually found on web hosting sites. So if you register for web hosting with a pay per month plan they will register your web site for you for free. It is not as complicated as it sounds, but like everything else read the fine print. There are a lot of registry sites out there. So be sure and read thoroughly the terms and conditions.

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**Misc. Web Services**

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Last Updated: August 24, 2006
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