Now you've figured out what you want to put on
your website. It's time to choose a method for developing it.
There are several ways you can choose to develop your website.
Here is a brief list of your options and several suggestions in each
category - definitely not a comprehensive list. For additional
information on programs, check out the links at the bottom which give
you many options - some free and some to buy.
- Use a pre-programmed
web template - start with someone else's design and put your
information in it. NOTE: Some web templates may use
things (like FrontPage extensions or scripts) that are not allowed
on FreePages, so be careful what you choose. Some of these
have free templates while others are for a fee (small or large).
If you do use a web template, check out the instructions at
How to customize templates.
- Use a Visual or WYSIWYG editor - the middle-of-the-road
WYSIWYG is pronounced Whissy Wig. This stands for What
You See Is What You Get.
This means that you are working with a representation of the
finished page as it should appear in a browser. In real life
most browsers will show it similar to what you see in a WYSIWYG
editor, but all browsers are slightly different so it will only be
similar, not EXACTLY the same. There are many options from free to very
expensive. Here are a few of the more well-known and there
are many more in the links at the bottom of the page:
Some people believe that the only proper way to develop web
pages is that you MUST learn HTML coding and code
your pages by hand, but there's nothing wrong
with taking advantage of technology and the programs that have
been developed to help us make webpages quickly and easily -
as long as you choose wisely.
Even if you do start with a WYSIWYG editor, over time you may
learn some HTML in order to figure out how to do
something special that your program won't do - or to figure out
how in the world you created what you did!
- Handcode your HTML -
- If you do decide to handcode your HTML, you'll need
to learn how to do it, so check out my
page for some websites to help you.
- But what program to use? There are many options:
- We recommend that you don't use Microsoft Word. While
Word is a great program (I love and use many Microsoft products)
and documents can be saved as web pages/html documents, programs like that tend to add a lot
of un-necessary code. All that heavy coding can make
un-necessarily difficult pages for the user's browser to load.
If you are thinking of using Word to create your web pages, we'd
suggest you read the following articles
- Because HTML files are straight text files, any ordinary text
editor will do and most systems come with one pre-installed with
the operating system..
- If you use Windows, try Notepad, which comes with
all versions of Windows.
- If you use Macintosh, try either SimpleText or TeachText.
- If you want another HTML editor, there are a LOT of
them out there built specifically
to handcode your HTML pages - some free and some not. A
specifically-designed HTML editor can have some benefits
over a straight text editor like those above. Check
out the links at the bottom of the page to find many to choose from.
FreePages Online Editor
- you can
code your HTML directly in the FreePages Online Editor -
- Log into the Online Editor
- Go to the community/directory where you want to
add a page
- Look for the section called "HTML Editing
Controls" (see graphic below)
- Use the "Create New HTML File" button to start a
One major drawback to doing your coding directly in
FreePages Online Editor is
that you have no backup on your computer, which is
recommended. If for some reason FreePages lost all the
pages on their server (which would probably never happen, but
you never know), you wouldn't have a backup to load
back on your website.