Thursday, August 6, 2009
Publish Your Website in 3 Steps.
The three essential steps to publish your website onto the web are:
1. Creating your website
First you have to create a website. Depending on your level on knowledge in web development you have the following options. Either you can create the site yourself through manual programming in an editor program like DreamWeaver, EditPlus or Notepad. Otherwise there are a number of open source alternatives available without any requirement of prior programming knowledge.
Wordpress.org is one free content management system that is used by millions of blogging laymen. With it comes a whole system that makes it easy to add new content to your site and already made web design themes for you to choose between. If interested, learn more about how to create your own Wordpress theme.
Joomla is another free CMS software which basically creates the site for you and eases the task of content administration. The only thing you have to do is to install it properly. In addition to this, you are also normally granted free access to site-building tools when you sign up for a hosting plan.
2. Get a hosting plan
Next step is to find somewhere online to put your website files and assign an address to that somewhere. Any given hosting plan include storage space on a web server and a domain name registration. Depending on what size your website has and potential traffic volume it's going to generate, you get a hosting plan based on three factors - storage space, bandwidth and CPU. Nowadays, there are many qualitative and cheap web hosting plans to choose between.
For all of you into blogging, there are also many great WordPress web hosts offering cheap hosting that is tailored to support this CMS.
3.Upload your files/Publish your website
Upload your files to the root directory of your purchased web hosting server space. You can do this either by using your hosting account's inhouse file manager, but those are often slow and manage large file volume poorly. Our recomendation is to get your hands on a FTP client. More specifically, a FireFox add-on by the name FireFTP. It will allow you to access your hosting account directly in the web browser and transfer website files with ease.