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Go to TopPlanning a Site

Here is a list of the steps you should plan when creating a new site:

  1. Think long and hard about exactly what is to be published, how it is to be broken down into pages, and how navigation between those pages will work. A good rule of thumb is that no page should be more than three clicks from another. (If necessary, map it all out with pencil and paper!)
  2. Think about your page design. Make sure you understand the fundamental difference between paper and electronic documents, especially how Size Matters - for text, for graphics and even the windows in which people will view your site.
  3. Create a "Master Page", being careful to distinguish between Content and Styling, which will act as a template for your site's pages.
  4. Create a copy of your "master.html" file named "index.html" and use it to create your home page. Create further copies of your master file, as necessary, to generate any further pages.
  5. Upload the lot to your hosting service!

Expect the time consuming bit of this to be planning the structure of the site and coming up with the design (i.e. Steps 1-3). There is a tendency with beginners to want to get straight into generating the content (Step 4), but without a lot of experience, this always produces messy awkward amateurish looking sites with no consistency from page to page and a nightmare site to find your way around.

Templates (called the Master Page on this site) are a very necessary part of the web site creation process but, as you can see from the above, a template facility within the software isn't. Finally, do not be deceived! Grabbing a pre-designed template from the web is rarely either a quick or easy solution for a first timer to build a web site, as you will need a full understanding of a template's structure to take best advantage of it.

Go to Top Page updated: 9 July 2010