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Overview

Build a Website for Free

Build yourself a state-of-the-art website.It’s incredibly easy... and it won’t cost you a dime! You need a website. But you don’t need the hassles that usually go with building one, or the expense of hiring someone else to do it. Here’s your solution: Build a Website for Free! You’ll learn how you can use new Web 2.0 technologies to create a site that’s impressive and effective. And here’s the best part: You’ll do it all with software and tools that won’t cost you a dime!

• Plan, organize, and design a site that really works, using tools you can find for free

• Discover the simple secrets of writing pages people want to read

• Use video on your site—and get someone else to pay for hosting it

• Add an easy-to-update blog and start building your own web community

• Quickly and easily handle “nuts and bolts” tasks, from getting your site name to uploading your
content

• Get your site picked up by Google, Yahoo!, and other search engines

• Adapt your site for easy viewing on cell phones

Mark Bell is a Ph.D. student in the Indiana University Telecommunications department. He studies virtual worlds and mediated trust with the Synthetic Worlds Initiative and has spent 15 years in the computer industry. Mark created his first website in 1992, ran a web design company in the ‘90s, and consults on several academic web projects.

CATEGORY: Internet/Web

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  • ISBN-13: 9780133134926
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 872,520
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Meet the Author

Mark Bell is a Ph.D. student at Indiana University. He studies virtual worlds and their effect on social relations. Before returning to school, Mark worked for 15 years in the software industry as a technical writer, trainer, and developer. He started his first web design company in 1993 and has been making pages and managing websites ever since. He is the father of Jackson, 6, and the husband of Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins. Mark blogs at blog.markwbell.com. He can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . .1

Part I: The Basics

1 The Order of Things . . . .11

The Website-Creation Process . . . .12

1. Planning . . . . .13

2. Design . . . . .14

3. Building . . . . .14

4. Testing . . . . .15

5. Promotion and Maintenance . . . .15

Why You Should Follow This Order . . . .16

2 Choosing a Location for Your Site . . . .17

Web Hosting . . . . .17

What Is a Web Server? . . . .18

Determining Your Web Hosting Needs . . .19

Cost . . . . .19

Technical Knowledge Required . . . .20

Maintenance Needs . . . .20

Storage Space . . . .20

Accessibility . . . . .20

Bandwidth Needs . . . .20

Security Needs . . . .21

Domain Name Service . . . .21

Hosting Options . . . . .23

Home Hosting . . . .23

Free Online Hosting . . . .23

Online Hosting Service . . . .23

Professional Hosting . . . .24

Commercial Hosting . . . .24

So, What Works Best for You? . . . .24

Working with Different Types of Hosting Services . . .25

Free Services . . . . .25

Low-Cost Commercial Sites . . . .27

Other Resources . . . .27

Part II: Plan and Prep

3 Planning Your Site . . . .29

What Type of Site Do You Want to Build? . . .30

Types of Sites . . . .30

Learning from Sites You Go To . . . .34

Website Goals . . . . .35

Organizing Websites . . . .36

Organizing the Site . . . .37

Organizing My Personal Site . . . .38

Organizing the Page . . . .38

Web Page Designs . . . .40

Best Practices of Website Organization . . .41

Keep Your Website Simple . . . .41

Keep Your Website Consistent . . . .42

Keep Your Website Easy to Maintain . . .42

4 Designing Your Site . . . .43

I Can’t Make a Website That Looks That Good! . . .44

Content Before Design . . . .45

Overall Design . . . . .45

Design Ideas . . . . .46

Colors . . . . .46

The Magic Four . . . .46

Hex Color . . . . .47

Color Schemes . . . .48

Color Blindness . . . .50

Fonts . . . . .51

System Fonts . . . . .51

Fonts as Images . . . .52

Fonts and Color . . . .53

Images . . . . .53

Cascading Style Sheets . . . .54

Design Best Practices . . . .54

Content Is King . . . .54

Put What Is New Front and Center . . . .54

Keep It Simple . . . .54

Don’t Use Attention Grabbers . . . .54

Be Consistent . . . .54

5 Gathering Your Tools . . . .55

Finding the Right Tools for the Job . . . .56

Tool Sites and Reviews . . . .56

Downloading New Software . . . .56

Essential Tools . . . . .58

Operating Systems . . . .58

Web Browsers . . . .58

Office Suites . . . . .59

File Transfer Protocol Programs . . . .59

Text Editor . . . . .60

Graphics Editors . . . .61

HTML Editors . . . . .62

Sound Recorders . . . .63

Video Editing . . . .64

Advanced Tools . . . .64

Future of Free Web Tools . . . .64

6 Moving Files to and from the Internet . . .65

Storing Your Files . . . .66

Naming Files . . . . .66

Keep All Your Web Files in One Place . . .67

Have an Organizational Structure . . . .68

Use a Version Control System . . . .69

Back Up Your Files . . . .69

Uploading Files to the Internet . . . .70

Logging In . . . . .71

Creating a FTP Site Listing . . . .72

Adding New Files . . . .72

Changing Existing Files . . . .73

Downloading Files from an FTP Server . . .73

One File or Many . . . .73

Downloading from a Browser . . . .74

Types of Download Files . . . .74

Best Practices for Downloading Files . . .76

Part III: Website Building Basics

7 Elements of a Website . . . .77

Content . . . . .78

Content Best Practices . . . .78

Content Standards . . . .79

Parts of a Web Page . . . .80

Title . . . . .80

Header . . . . .81

Body . . . . .81

Footer . . . . .83

Sidebars . . . . .83

Navigational Elements . . . .84

Parts of a Website . . . .85

Home Page . . . . .85

Content Pages . . . .86

How Do I Know How to Organize My Site? . . .87

Web Advertising . . . .88

Banner Ads . . . . .89

Animated Ads . . . .89

Google AdSense . . . .89

iSocket . . . . .90

Advertising Widgets . . . .90

8 Using Existing Websites . . . .93

Social Networking Sites . . . .94

MySpace . . . . .95

Facebook . . . . .95

Twitter . . . . .100

Other Web 2.0 Sites . . . .101

Pinterest . . . . .102

Flickr . . . . .102

Delicious.com . . . .103

Promoting Your Website on Other Sites . . .103

9 Web Page Services . . . .105

Before We Begin . . . .106

Google Sites . . . . .106

Signing Up for Google Sites . . . .107

Creating a Google Site . . . .108

Editing a Page . . . .111

Creating a Page . . . .113

Move a Page . . . .114

Delete a Page . . . .114

Edit Page Settings . . . .114

Edit Site Settings . . . .115

Google Sites Features and Limitations . . .116

Weebly . . . . .116

Signing Up for Weebly . . . .116

Creating a Site on Weebly . . . .117

Editing a Page . . . .118

Weebly Features and Limitations . . . .119

Webs . . . . .119

Signing Up for Webs . . . .119

10 HTML 101 . . . . .121

The Structure of HTML . . . .122

Elements, Tags, and Attributes . . . .123

The Structure of Elements . . . .124

Common HTML Tags . . . .125

HTML Structure Tags . . . .125

Text Tags . . . . .126

Lists . . . . .129

Tables . . . . .130

Hyperlinks . . . . .131

Images . . . . .132

Free HTML Editors . . . .132

Text Editors . . . . .132

WYSIWYG Editors . . . .133

Resources . . . . .134

Using a Text Editor to Create HTML . . . .135

11 HTML5 . . . . .137

What Is HTML5 and Why Should I Care? . . .137

Standards . . . . .138

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) . . . .138

HTML and XHTML . . . .138

HTML5 Standard . . . .138

High Level of Changes . . . .138

Browser Overview . . . .139

HTML5 Resources . . . .140

HTML5 Elements . . . .140

Structure Elements . . . .140

Multimedia Elements . . . .144

HTML5 Forms . . . .145

Fun Stuff . . . . .147

Removed Elements . . . .149

12 Working with Images . . . .151

Creating Graphics . . . .152

Compression: Lossy and Lossless . . . .152

Editing Images . . . .154

Resizing Images . . . .154

Saving Images . . . .154

Optimizing Images . . . .155

When to Use Different File Types . . . .156

Slicing Images . . . .157

Image Maps . . . .158

Animated GIFs . . . .159

Images and HTML . . . .159

The Image Tag . . . .160

Inline Images . . . .161

Background Images . . . .162

Finding Images . . . .162

Free Images . . . . .162

Other People’s Images . . . .163

Using Your Own Images . . . .163

13 Working with Multimedia . . . .165

Digital Audio Files . . . .167

Audio Formats . . . .167

Audio Players . . . .168

Digitizing Audio . . . .169

Audio Editing . . . .169

Streaming Audio . . . .170

Audio Resources . . . .171

Digital Video Files . . . .172

Video Formats . . . .172

Video Players . . . .173

Digitizing Video . . . .174

Video Editing . . . .174

Video Hosting Sites . . . .175

Working with YouTube . . . .175

Video Resources . . . .178

Multimedia Best Practices . . . .179

14 Building a Site Using HTML . . . .181

How Web Pages Work . . . .182

Page File . . . . .182

Extensions . . . . .182

Tools for Creating Web Pages . . . .182

Parts of a Page . . . .184

Hyperlinks . . . . .185

Cascading Style Sheets . . . .193

Format of a Style Sheet . . . .194

Creating and Linking a Style Sheet . . .195

Putting It All Together . . . .196

Scripting . . . . .201

Using Templates . . . .202

15 JavaScript for Beginners . . . .203

Yes! You Can Be a Programmer! . . . .203

Geek Speak: Script Versus Language . . .204

Programming Process . . . .204

Programming Tools . . . .204

JavaScript Console . . . .205

Text Editors . . . . .205

Browser Add-Ins . . . .206

JavaScript Basics . . . .206

Functions of JavaScript . . . .207

JavaScript Versions . . . .207

JavaScript Requirements . . . .207

The Script Element . . . .207

Inline and External Scripts . . . .208

Simple JavaScript Example: Rollovers and Dynamic Content . .209

JavaScript Resources . . . .211

Tutorials . . . . .212

Script Libraries . . . .213

Part IV: Site Testing and Maintenance

16 How’d They Do That? . . . .215

Viewing Code from Other Websites . . . .216

Web Development Firefox Add-Ons . . . .216

Recommended Firefox Web-Development Add-Ons . . .217

Recommended Chrome Web-Development Add-Ons . . .221

Recommended Safari Web-Development Add-Ons . . .222

Badges . . . . .222

Widgets . . . . .224

Templates . . . . .225

Developer Networks and Sites . . . .226

17 Making Your Site Work on Smartphones and Tablets . .229

Why Should You Care About the Mobile Web? . . .230

How People Access the Mobile Web . . .230

Become a Mobile Web User . . . .230

Mobile Web Devices (MWD) . . . .231

Mobile Operating Systems . . . .232

Mobile Browsers . . . .233

Limitations of the Mobile Web . . . .234

Making Your Website Mobile . . . .235

Mobile Browser Detection . . . .235

Domains and Subdomains . . . .236

Use the Right Code . . . .236

Page Sizes . . . . .236

Interface . . . . .237

Things to Avoid . . . .237

Mobile Web Tools and Sites . . . .237

Testing Your Site on a Mobile Phone . . . .239

18 Testing Your Website . . . .241

Why Testing Is Important . . . .242

Building a Test Plan . . . .243

Starting at the End . . . .243

Testing Basic Functionality . . . .244

Testing HTML . . . .244

Testing Browsers . . . .246

Testing Resolution . . . .246

Testing Printing . . . .247

Testing Navigation . . . .248

Testing Consistency of Design . . . .248

Testing Security . . . .249

Testing Mobile and Tablet-Based Websites . . .249

Testing Accessibility . . . .250

After Testing . . . . .251

Testing Tools . . . . .251

Part V: Website Workshop

19 Promoting Your Website . . . .253

Self-Promotion . . . . .254

Have Excellent and Unique Content . . .254

Update Content . . . .254

Publicize Your URL . . . .255

Connect with Others . . . .256

Social Media Sites for Self-Promotion . . .258

Search Engines . . . . .259

How Search Engines Work . . . .259

Optimizing Your Site for Search Engines . . .261

Keywords . . . . .261

Meta Tags . . . . .261

20 Maintaining Your Website . . . .263

What? I’m Not Done? . . . .263

Regular Maintenance . . . .264

Weekly Tasks . . . .264

Monthly Tasks . . . .264

Annual Tasks . . . .264

The Power of Analytics . . . .265

Common Analytics and What They Mean . . .265

Using Google Analytics . . . .266

Tweaking Your Site Based on Analytics . . .270

21 Building a Blog Using WordPress . . .271

What Is a Blog? . . . . .272

Why Should I Blog? . . . .272

Blog Publishing . . . .272

Syndication . . . . .273

What Is WordPress? . . . .273

Software Versions . . . .273

Building a Blog Using WordPress.com . . .274

Signing Up for WordPress.com . . . .275

Activating Your Account . . . .278

Logging Into Your Blog . . . .279

Writing Blog Posts . . . .280

Managing Blog Posts . . . .282

Changing the Design of Your Blog . . .283

Manage the Comments on Your Blog . . .284

Setting Up Your Own Blog with WordPress Software . . .285

Information You Need Before You Begin . . .285

How WordPress Software Works . . . .285

How Much Does All This Cost? . . . .286

Before Installing Your Software . . . .286

Confirm That the Right Software Is Installed on Your Server . .287

Get a Text Editor . . . .287

Get an FTP Client . . . .287

Pick a Username and Password . . . .287

Download and Install WordPress . . . .287

Download WordPress Software . . . .288

Customization of WordPress . . . .288

Adding Themes . . . .289

Adding Plug-Ins . . . .289

Personalization of WordPress . . . .290

Modifying Themes . . . .290

Creating Themes . . . .291

Creating Plug-Ins . . . .292

Blogging on Your iPhone . . . .292

A Simple Blogging Solution . . . .293

Keep an Eye on Things . . . .293

22 Building a Business Site Using a Content Management System . .295

Five Reasons to Use Open Source as Your CMS . . .296

Building a Site with Joomla! . . . .297

Before Installing Your Joomla! Software . . .298

Download and Install Joomla! . . . .298

Adding Articles . . . .299

Managing Users . . . .300

Modules, Plug-Ins, and Templates . . . .302

Keep an Eye on Things . . . .302

Other Open Source CMSs . . . .302

23 Building a Multimedia Website . . . .305

Best Practices for Multimedia . . . .306

Using Multimedia . . . .308

Storing Multimedia Files . . . .308

Downloading Audio and Video Files . . .309

Streaming Audio and Video . . . .310

Advanced Multimedia Options . . . .314

Wix.com (www.wix.com/) . . . .315

Webtrends Apps (www.transpond.com/) . . .315

Advanced Open-Source Multimedia . . . .315

24 Building a Site Using a Wiki . . . .317

Five Reasons to Use Wikia to Host Your Wiki . . .318

Five Reasons to Use MediaWiki for Your Wiki . . .319

What Is Wikia? . . . . .319

Building a Wiki Using Wikia . . . .320

Signing Up for Wikia . . . .320

Adding a Page . . . .322

Editing a Page . . . .323

Linking Pages . . . .323

Viewing Page History . . . .324

What Is MediaWiki? . . . .325

Information You Need Before You Begin . . .326

MediaWiki Software Architecture . . . .326

Before Installing Your MediaWiki Software . . .326

Download and Install MediaWiki . . . .327

Keep an Eye on Things . . . .329

Part VI: Appendixes

A List of the Most Common HTML Tags . . .331

B Free and Open-Source Software Sites . . .335

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