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Overview

Build a great personal or business website… absolutely no experience needed!

Why pay a professional web developer? If you can use a word processor, you can do it yourself! This package contains all the software, templates, and simple step-by-step instructions you need to build a great site in practically no time!

Build sites like these using our professional-quality templates:

-Family sites

-Hobby sites

-Community and nonprofit sites

-Online storefronts that accept credit card payments via PayPal

-Post video on YouTube

8 Easy Projects

In this book you’ll see just how easy it is to create your own website. The CD included with this book contains professional website templates and a free web page editor. With the web page editor, you can quickly and easily customize the templates into your personal websites. Better still, using the editor is as simple as using a word processor.

Use easy web-based services to:

-Sell products at your own eBay Store

-Create your own personal or professional blog

-Display your digital photos on your own Snapfish site

-Share your videos on YouTube

-Create a MySpace page that’ll stand out from the crowd

-Build your social network with your own Facebook presence

You won’t believe how easy it is to build your own site...or how much fun!

CD-ROM contains all the tools you need:

  • The complete open source SeaMonkey Suite software toolset for building websites (no restrictions, not a demo!)
  • HTML sample templates
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672330025
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Edition description: Includes CD Rom
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,425,024
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Create Your Own Website is author Scott Mitchell’s eighth book; his others are Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days (Sams); Designing Active Server Pages (O’Reilly); ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code (Sams); ASP.NET Data Web Controls Kick Start (Sams); Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours (Sams); Teach Yourself ASP.NET 2.0 in 24 Hours (Sams); and Teach Yourself ASP.NET 3.5 in 24 Hours (Sams). Scott is a regular columnist for Microsoft’s MSDN Magazine and has authored more than 1,000 online articles on his website, 4GuysFromRolla.com. Scott’s nonwriting accomplishments include speaking at numerous technical user groups and conferences across the country. Scott also teaches web technology classes at the University of California–San Diego University Extension. In addition to teaching and writing, Scott is a software developer. He works as an independent consultant and has authored and sold several commercial software applications.

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IntroductionIntroductionWelcome to Create Your Own Website!

As the popularity of the Internet and the World Wide Web have risen since the beginnings in the early 1990s, virtually all businesses have established an online presence. Many individuals, too, have left their imprints on the web, creating a website for their family or posting pictures of their vacations. If you want to join the millions of people who have created websites but fear you lack the background or expertise for such an endeavor, this book is for you!

In this book you see just how easy creating a website can be. The CD included with this book contains professional website templates and a free web page editor. With the web page editor, you can quickly and easily customize the provided templates into your very own personal websites. Using the web page editor is as simple as using a word processor program. It's just point and click!

Since there are a number of different types of websites on the Internet, this book's CD includes templates for different types of sites. Specifically, the provided templates let you quickly create the following types of sites:

  • Family websites—With a family website, you can share pictures of you and your family with friends and members of your extended family.

  • Hobby websites—A hobby website allows you to share your hobbies with others who have similar interests.

  • Community websites—With a community website, your church, club, bowling team, or other group or association can post information, schedules, pictures, and other pertinent information.

  • Online storefront website—Sell productsonline by accepting credit card payments with an online storefront site.

In addition to showing you how to build your own websites from the ground up, this book includes chapters on how to use existing web-based services to quickly create common websites. Specifically, you'll see how to

  • Sell products at eBay Stores—eBay Stores are a quick and easy way to start selling products online. With eBay Stores, your products are listed on eBay.com, and payment processing is handled for you by eBay. You simply list your products for sale and ship them when purchased!

  • Publish content online with a blog—A blog is a type of website designed to allow users to quickly and easily publish content online. Blogs are springing up all over the World Wide Web, used by both individuals and businesses alike.

  • Share your digital pictures—You've just gotten back from your vacation to Tahiti with gobs of digital pictures. How do you easily share these beautiful pictures with your friends and family? Digital picture sharing websites make it easy to upload your pictures and share them with select friends and family.

  • Create a home page on MySpace—MySpace is one of many "social networking" websites, where visitors can stay in touch with friends, meet their friends' friends, and make new social contacts. In addition to maintaining and growing your network of friends, MySpace makes it easy for you to create your own web pages, post pictures, share music, and host a blog.

  • Share your videos on YouTube—With today's video cameras, it's easy to upload your home videos to your computer, where you can watch or edit them. Once a video is stored on your computer, you can upload it to YouTube and share it with a world-wide audience.

  • Build your social network with Facebook—Facebook is another popular "social networking" website, like MySpace. Unlike MySpace, Facebook allows users to join one or more networks which are organized by facets like geographic region, employer, and school. It's a great site for catching up with old friends from high school or college, as well as an excellent resource for making new friends at your company or in your neighborhood.

Whether you want to build your own, unique website or use a pre-existing web application, you learn everything you need to know to start building your own website today with this book. Get ready to see just how fun and easy it is to create your own website!

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Welcome to Create Your Own Website! 1

1 Creating Your First Web Page 5

The Components of a Website . . . . . . . . . . 7

Serving Web Pages with a Web Server. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Understanding Website Domain Names. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Web Pages, the Building Blocks of a Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Knowing Your Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Building Web Pages Using Web Page

Authoring Software Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Installing SeaMonkey . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Starting SeaMonkey’s Composer. . 17

Creating a Web Page with SeaMonkey Composer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Changing the Font . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Making Text Bold, Italic, and Underlined . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Changing the Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Positioning Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Saving the Web Page . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

2 Creating a Website 29

Finding a Web Host Provider . . . . . . . . . . 30

Important Web Hosting Metrics. . . 31

Picking a Web Hosting Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Registering a Domain Name . . . . . . . . . . 34

Choosing and Buying a Domain Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Configuring the Domain Name . . 36

Uploading Web Pages from Composer to Your Website . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Building a Website from a Template . . 41

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

3 Creating a Family/Personal Website 45

Examining the Family/Personal Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Customizing the Template. . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Changing the Upper-Left Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Specifying Image Properties . . . . . 49

Removing the Image Altogether. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Changing the Font . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Adding and Removing Pages from the Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Customizing the Family Pictures Page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Adding New Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Publishing Your Family/Personal Website. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Placing Linked Files in the Same Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Testing the Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

4 Creating an Online Storefront 63

Examining the eCommerce Website Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Customizing the Home Page . . . . . . . . . . 66

Configuring the Add to Cart Buttons. . 67

Creating a PayPal Premier Account. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Getting the Add to Cart Button HTML . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Adding the Add to Cart Button into the Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Viewing the Shopping Cart. . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Tying It All Together–A True Online Shopping Experience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

5 Selling Products with an eBay Store 85

Simplify the Sales Process with eBay Stores. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Creating and Customizing Your eBay Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

Managing Your Store . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Adding Products to Your eBay Store . . . 93

Collecting Payments and Order Fulfillment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Taking Advantage of Marketing Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Sales and Traffic Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Inspecting Your Site’s Traffic. . . . 100

Tracking Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

6 Creating a Blog with Blogger 103

What Do You Blog About? . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Creating a Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Adding Content to Your Blog. . . . . . . . . 109

Customizing Your Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Examining the Basic Tab. . . . . . . 116

Altering the Blog’s Appearance Through the Formatting Tab . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Managing Comment Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Archiving Old Content . . . . . . . . . 120

Working with Postings via Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Customizing the Blog’s Template. . . . . 122

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

7 Sharing Images Online with Snapfish 127

Choosing an Online Image Sharing Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Creating an Account on SnapFish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Uploading and Managing Your Digital Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Adding Pictures to Your Account. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Editing and Deleting Your Pictures and Albums. . . . . . . . . . 135

Sharing Your Pictures and Albums with Friends and Family. . . . . . . . . . . . 138

Ordering Prints and Gifts. . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

8 Hanging Out and Making Friends at

MySpace 147

Joining MySpace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Expanding Your Profile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

Customizing Your Profile Page’s Layout and Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

Configuring Your Name Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

Creating a Blog and Sharing Your Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

Uploading and Sharing Your Photos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

Expressing Yourself with Your Blog. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160

Growing Your Social Network . . . . . . . . 163

Making New Friends . . . . . . . . . . . 164

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

9 Posting Your Videos on YouTube 167

Getting Started with YouTube . . . . . . . . 168

Creating an Account . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Uploading Your Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Viewing and Managing Your Videos . 175

Customizing Your Channel . . . . . . . . . . 176

Customizing Your Channel Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Changing Your Channel’s

Colors and Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

Organizing Your Videos . . . . . . . . 179

Sharing Personal and Location Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

Embedding YouTube Videos into Your Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Embedding a Video in a Blog. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

10 Staying Connected with Facebook 187

Building a Social Network on Facebook. . 188

Finding Friends on Facebook. . . . . . . . . 189

An Overview of Your Facebook Home Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194

Viewing and Editing Your Profile. . . . . 196

Configuring Your Privacy Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198

Receiving Notifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Using Facebook’s Applications . . . . . . . 202

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205

11 Bonus Material 207

HTML—The Language of Web Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208

Understanding How the Internet Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212

Examining How the Postal Service Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212

The Internet as a Virtual Postal Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

Optimizing Your Digital Pictures. . . . . 218

Resizing Digital Images . . . . . . . . 219

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222

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Preface

Introduction

Welcome to Create Your Own Website!

As the popularity of the Internet and the World Wide Web have risen since the beginnings in the early 1990s, virtually all businesses have established an online presence. Many individuals, too, have left their imprints on the web, creating a website for their family or posting pictures of their vacations. If you want to join the millions of people who have created websites but fear you lack the background or expertise for such an endeavor, this book is for you!

In this book you see just how easy creating a website can be. The CD included with this book contains professional website templates and a free web page editor. With the web page editor, you can quickly and easily customize the provided templates into your very own personal websites. Using the web page editor is as simple as using a word processor program. It's just point and click!

Since there are a number of different types of websites on the Internet, this book's CD includes templates for different types of sites. Specifically, the provided templates let you quickly create the following types of sites:

  • Family websites—With a family website, you can share pictures of you and your family with friends and members of your extended family.
  • Hobby websites—A hobby website allows you to share your hobbies with others who have similar interests.
  • Community websites—With a community website, your church, club, bowling team, or other group or association can post information, schedules, pictures, and other pertinent information.
  • Online storefront website—Sell products online by accepting credit card payments with an online storefront site.

In addition to showing you how to build your own websites from the ground up, this book includes chapters on how to use existing web-based services to quickly create common websites. Specifically, you'll see how to

  • Sell products at eBay Stores—eBay Stores are a quick and easy way to start selling products online. With eBay Stores, your products are listed on eBay.com, and payment processing is handled for you by eBay. You simply list your products for sale and ship them when purchased!
  • Publish content online with a blog—A blog is a type of website designed to allow users to quickly and easily publish content online. Blogs are springing up all over the World Wide Web, used by both individuals and businesses alike.
  • Share your digital pictures—You've just gotten back from your vacation to Tahiti with gobs of digital pictures. How do you easily share these beautiful pictures with your friends and family? Digital picture sharing websites make it easy to upload your pictures and share them with select friends and family.
  • Create a home page on MySpace—MySpace is one of many "social networking" websites, where visitors can stay in touch with friends, meet their friends' friends, and make new social contacts. In addition to maintaining and growing your network of friends, MySpace makes it easy for you to create your own web pages, post pictures, share music, and host a blog.
  • Share your videos on YouTube—With today's video cameras, it's easy to upload your home videos to your computer, where you can watch or edit them. Once a video is stored on your computer, you can upload it to YouTube and share it with a world-wide audience.
  • Build your social network with Facebook—Facebook is another popular "social networking" website, like MySpace. Unlike MySpace, Facebook allows users to join one or more networks which are organized by facets like geographic region, employer, and school. It's a great site for catching up with old friends from high school or college, as well as an excellent resource for making new friends at your company or in your neighborhood.

Whether you want to build your own, unique website or use a pre-existing web application, you learn everything you need to know to start building your own website today with this book. Get ready to see just how fun and easy it is to create your own website!

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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