How to Learn to Build a Website

By Johnny Kampis

  • Overview

    The number of websites continues to grow as the Internet expands. Whether you would like to build a site for your business or just have your own site for personal blogging, building a website is a useful skill to learn. Depending on what you want and need, you can put together a simple website or one that has a lot of bells and whistles. Fortunately, the process of building a website is not very difficult.
    • Step 1

      Use the site builder provided by your host. If you just want a simple site, many of the services that host web space will provide tools for building the site. For example, if you purchase space from Yahoo! you can use Yahoo! SiteBuilder to put together your website. Each host's tools are different, so follow the instructions.
    • Step 2

      Buy site-building software. Dreamweaver is probably the most popular site-building software on the market and can be found at most places where software is sold. Another popular brand is Web Studio. Both are relatively simple programs but do require some learning. A number of guides for using site-building software are available at bookstores.

    • Step 3

      Learn HTML, which is short for Hyper Text Markup Language, HTML is the building block for websites. A program like Dreamweaver automatically converts your work into HTML, but for more customized controls you can learn HTML itself. A number of books are available to help you.
    • Step 4

      Seek out a pro. Many people learn better from one-on-one coaching than from a book or trying to figure it out on their own. If you have a friend or associate who is a whiz at developing websites, see if you can look over this person's shoulder and watch how it's done.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Computer
    • Web host
    • Site-building software

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