Can you give me some advice about starting my own website?

I would like to start my own website. It's nothing fancy. I want to buy www.insertmynamehere.com and have it be a resume type site so I can give it to potential employers after I graduate. I want it to display my writing samples, other pdf files, maybe have a blog, have my own email address from it. I don't need to have a store or anything. Just something pretty simple, nothing horribly elaborate.

I have some knowledge of html, and think that I can probably figure out the coding. I know it pretty much just takes a lot of tedious and sometimes frustrating work to build one. I don't really need to have any web hosts that have templates for dummies, but I wouldn't mind if they had some templates I could fall back upon. It would be nice if it was less expensive (I'm on a college student's budget), but if it is absolutely worth it to pay more for better service, I'll consider it.

So, my understanding is that you have to register the domain, find the web host you want, and then build the website? Am I missing anything? Also, I want suggestions on web hosts and domain registration sites. I was thinking about godaddy.com, any thoughts?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    As you may know a domain name is just a name, not a real website. If you are going to create your website: 1- Buy a domain name. A domain name is a name you want to call your website (ex: www.yahoo.com). To get a domain name, you have to pay an annual fee to a registrar for the right to use that name. 2- Buy a web hosting service to provide your online space and enable you to get your website online at your purchased domain name.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I would may be buy program like Dreamweaver CS4/CS3 or download something off the internet for free. Because it makes your work much more easier understand as most programs have both the HTML side and a normal viewing side. I would create the main bits of the website first and then find a host as you don't want to waste money paying for something which isn't on the internet yet or if you gave up you wouldn't have lost any money.I usually use a free one as they can give you a near enough name (http://insertmynamehere.110mb.com)/ to what you want. I used 110mb and I still have nearly 90% left of web space left.

    Also if you are wondering where people visit your website from you can use google analytics (free online website made by google) as you can find how many people visit your website and which page is most popular. You can even tell which city/town they viewed it from.

  • 1 decade ago

    Domain registration is pretty straight forward I tend to use godaddy (I have about 30 domains with them).

    As far as your construction and hosting requirements go if you get a host with cpanel AND fantastico you can use fantastico to automatically install wordpress (a blogging/content management system) so it takes Absolutely no technical skills.

    Wordpress has themes (styles) available for free download or you can create or modify one so you can fully customise your site.

    I would also have your work available for display on the site in standard wordpress pages so if people don't have a pdf reader installed they can still view your work.

    Good luck.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    The thing that I find that helps me most is to make a rough drawing of what you would like the site to look like. Then start working on the page and as you progress keep saving the page like index 1, index 2, etc. that way if you make a change and you do not like it you can just go back to a point where you did like it. Also do a yahoo or google search for java script, cgi scripts or whatever you wish to use on your site there is a lot out there. If you see something on a web site that you like sometimes you can right click on a blank spot on the page and go to "view source" sometimes you can read the HTML or even cut and paste it to a word processor for editing. As far as the money part the only think there is to do a search and see what you can find. In most cases there is stuff available and you can just cut and paste it to your page. Hope this helps, Roy

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hi Kim S,

    Actually, to make a website is easy, but you need a courage to try a new thing. I am like you before and don't know any programming knowledge. All I learn myself by book and do some research in internet. Now I can use my experience to build website for my clients. But, it just my part time job.

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