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You may also wish to use other publishing tools to createyour website, and in that case you will want to use a FTP client to transferyour web pages onto your web site. Here is a simple and quick guide to gettingyour website up and running in no time!
- Create Content
- Publish your content
- Publicize your site
There are a variety of ways to create content. Theeasiest way is to use a Web content publishing tool such as Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Fireworks or a variety of other freepublishing tools that you can find on the internet. Other tools that arehelpful include graphical editing tools such as Paintshop Pro and even more dynamic contentgenerators like Macromedia's Flash. Youmay also wish to edit your contents yourself by using a text editor and learningHTML. Here are some pointers to learning HTML
Once you've finished your page/site, you'll need toupload it to your web server. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) allows a person totransfer files between two computers, generally connected via the Internet. Youcan either FTP your files via the command line (i.e. DOS), or you can findyourself an FTP client which executes all the commands in a drag-and-dropinterface. We would highly recommend the latter to beginners and experts alike.FTP clients make the publishing process simple.
To FTP, you will need to knowthe host location (i.e. www.ensim.com), as well as your username and password.All your web site contents are stored in /var/www/html.
Using an FTP Client
Most FTP clients have the same basic layout, functionality, and price. Choosing one is simply a matter of personal preference. Some of the more popular clients for Windows-based computers include WS_FTP, CuteFTP, and BulletProof FTP and for Macintosh computers include Fetch, and Interarchy. All clients come with documentation, and it shouldn't take you long to figure out how to get started.But here are a few basics:
- There will be some kind of "Site Manager" featurewhich will store all your FTP locations and their corresponding logininformation. Once you enter this info, the client will automatically log youin.
- There will be three screens. One representing yourlocal machine, one representing the remote host, and one which shows the filesthat are queued for transfer. You will need to navigate to the correct folderson both your local machine and the host machine.
- You will then highlight the files you wish to uploadon your local machine, and there should be a button at the top that queues thefiles for upload. The upload might execute immediately, or you might have to hita "Go" button first.
- That's it! Your files are uploaded! You should nowbe able to go to your URL and view the page.
Search Engines and InternetCatalogs
Probably the most common way to publicize your site and generatetraffic is to submit it to search engines (i.e. Google) and internet catalogs(i.e. Yahoo!). Most of these sites have a form you can fill out to submit yoursite. To save yourself some time, you can try a service that submits your siteto multiple search engines and internet catalogs by filling out just one form.There are many of these services out there, such as www.submit-it.com. By addingmeta tags to your site, you can increase the relevancy of your pages in people'ssearches. Meta tags will be discussed a bit later.
If your page has a theme,seek out pages with similar themes and ask the webmaster to post a link to yoursite. In exchange, you promise to add a link to their site on yours. This is agreat way to get the word out about your site for free.
Look for newsgroups where youthink people who would be interested in your site might frequent. Post a messageannouncing your site and its features. Don't do this too often as it issometimes considered Spamming (unsolicited advertising).
If there are other pages that aresimilar to yours, there might be a web ring out there dedicated to your kind ofsite. Do an internet search for "web ring" and include a keyword related to yoursite. If you join a web ring, you will need to add a web ring graphic and linksto your page.
If you really want to give yoursite some exposure, you can create a banner ad and find a company that will getyour banner put up on numerous pages. The cost generally depends on the amountof impressions (how many times it is seen) or click-throughs (how many times itis actually clicked on).