There are lots of reasons for going into online publishing. Today, pretty much every business has a website, in the same way that fifty years ago, every business was in the Yellow Pages. Having a website is how most people find businesses now, even if they don’t do business online. Restaurants provide their menus online. Music shops offer tips and other resources. And used car dealers provide their current inventories and much more. But a lot of people go into online publishing for personal reasons. These can be business oriented, like when people put their resumes online. But they also publish online because they find it fun. Families even put up their own websites, just as they might have created holiday newsletters in the past. Regardless of your reasons, we offer all the information you need to get started on the road to online publishing.
- 1 Name Your Domain
- 2 A Home (Page) of Your Own
- 3 How to Blog
- 4 The World of Wiki
- 5 How to Build a Website
- 6 Identifying Content
- 7 Understanding Copyrights
- 8 Getting Site Design Help
- 9 HTML Overview
- 10 Designing for Different Audiences
- 11 Working With Graphics
- 12 Design Tips
- 13 Advanced Web Tools
- 14 Finding a Home for Your Site
- 15 Publicizing Your Site
- 16 Maintenance and Updating
- 17 Getting Feedback
- 18 Measuring Traffic
Name Your Domain
The first decision you have to make about your website is what it is going to be about. And closely linked to that is what you are going to call your website — or its domain name. If you own “Joe’s Coffee Shop,” you probably wouldn’t want the domain name BettysFishAndTackle.com. Rather, you might call it JoesCoffee.com. Once you have a domain name, you can establish a personalized e-mail addresses and get started publishing. Click the link above to learn how to find a proper domain name and acquire it.
A Home (Page) of Your Own
Your website is an electronic meeting place for your friends, family, and potentially millions of people around the world. Building your digital domain is easier than you may think. Best of all, you may not have to spend any money. Find out all about it at the link above.
How to Blog
We live in the age of blogs. They are an incredibly popular way of organizing a website because they make the process so much easier. In the old days, publishing online was a time consuming and very technical business. But with blogs, creating new content is just a matter of writing and clicking “publish.” Our blogging article above will get you started.
The World of Wiki
Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world, because of the wiki technology that allows disparate people to combine their various expertise to create a greater whole. But Wikipedia isn’t the only use of this technology. Many websites have specialized wikis for subjects like programming, war gaming, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Find out if a wiki is for you and how to get it set up.
How to Build a Website
No one builds a house without having a plan. It’s the same with a website. In this article, we provide a lot of guidance for planning your website from concept all the way through launch and marketing.
If you’re thinking about starting a website, you must have some idea of the kinds of things you plan to populate it with. That might be discussions of new movies you see, pictures of your trip to Disneyland, or coupons for specials at your pizza restaurant. But you may find continuing to build content a struggle. That’s why we created the article above to help you along.
The internet can be a copyright infringement tool — it is very easy to steal content that belongs to others. In this article, we explain how to avoid doing this, as well as how you can find free content to enhance your own work.
Getting Site Design Help
Often when you first start a website, it is useful to get professional help. This can involve a lot of different aspects of the website: design, logos, programming, and so on. We provide tips on finding the right help, how much it should cost you, and other resources.
HTML is the basis for almost all websites. So even if you don’t plan to do any serious coding, it is helpful to have a working knowledge of it. In this article, we provide information about HTML and links to tutorials and other resources that will allow you to learn it quickly.
Designing for Different Audiences
Not all websites are meant for all people. It is usually a good idea to target a particular audience for your site. In this article, we discuss how to define your audience and tailor your website to it.
Working With Graphics
Graphics are an integral part of the web. On any given page, they can be a critical part of the content — or just an adornment. But when graphics are poorly designed and bloated, they harm the user’s experience. Learn to create good images that load fast on your website.
You’ve probably had the experience of clicking over to a new website and waiting a long time for it to load. If you are like most people, you often just hit the “back” button and move on to something else. The internet offers many options. And even when a website does load quickly, if it is ugly or hard to use, people are unlikely to stay. We’ve put together some easy design tips to make your website fast, attractive, and usable.
Advanced Web Tools
Increasingly, websites are not made up of static webpages. Instead, they contain dynamic features such as Java and Flash content and a whole lot more. Click the link above to learn how to start using advanced web tools.
Finding a Home for Your Site
There are a lot of aspects of web hosting. Every hosting package offers different features. What you want will depend upon your specific needs and budget. So we have put together an article that discusses the basic issues that you need to consider in finding a host for your website.
Publicizing Your Site
Just because you build a website does not mean that people will come. You must at least announce your site to search engines. But there is much more that you can do to build a following for your website. We provide all the information to get your started in publicizing your site.
Maintenance and Updating
Internet users do not trust websites that are broken or which appear to have been abandoned. It is necessary to maintain your website, just as it necessary to clean your home. But website maintenance isn’t nearly as taxing. We’ll give you all the details at the link above.
Whether your website is intended for family members or people looking for new cars in the greater metropolitan area, interacting with users is one of the most fun and challenging aspects of owning a website. Learn all about the ways you can interact with your users and how best to do it.
One of the great things about having a website is being able to find out a lot about the people who are visiting your site. For example, you can find out which pages are attracting the most attention, so you can better tailor content for the site. And you can watch your website’s users grow over time. Find out what you need to know about using website statistics.