What is needed in order to create your first website?
In order to create your first project on the Internet, you need to know not so much. For example, knowledge of programming languages is far from necessary, you only need to know the basic commands and at least have a general understanding of the syntax. So what does it take to create your first website?
Firstly, the necessary equipment: computer, keyboard, mouse, modem. The presence of additional devices, such as a printer, speakers, scanner, digital camera, etc., is desirable, but far from necessary, especially at first. All you need to create your personal resource is an Internet connection.
Secondly, knowledge. But it should be noted that this is not some special knowledge requiring special education. All that you need, you can master in the process. Moreover, to create your first web resource, you don’t need to know much: it’s enough to be an ordinary ordinary computer user and be able to work with the main programs for webmasters, which can be mastered in literally half an hour.
Cash is also desirable, especially if you intend to host your site on a paid hosting. Paid hosting is a rental of a certain place on the Internet to host your site. The amount in such cases is charged relatively small – from 1,500 to 3,000 rubles per year (it is better to pay in full for the year, it will be cheaper). Its main difference from free hosting is in the amount of traffic provided and the presence of certain advantages: support for a large number of programming languages, ease of use, competent design, improved security system, etc. But for newcomers to web programming, free hosting is quite suitable.
The most popular free hosting is “People” (address: www.name of your site.narod.ru) located on Yandex. At the “People” you will get a convenient and pleasant interface for creating a site, a guest book, personal forums and chats. You will be able to view the statistics of visits to your site, install a translator, etc. But promotion of such a site to the forefront is hardly possible, many advertisers refuse to cooperate with you, and you lose profit. In addition, “People” does not support many important languages, including PHP, and offers a relatively small initial amount (100 megabytes) for placing files, which can later be increased. Many sites will be forced to refuse to exchange links, as search engines do not take into account links located on free resources.
But, despite these shortcomings, “People” is very popular due to the convenient service. It is suitable for those who want to place mostly graphic and textual information on their website. For those who want to place clips, films and music on their resource, paid hosting is more suitable. Note another good and popular free hosting: hut.ru, due to its reliability and support for the PHP language.
It would also be nice to have your own personal wallet for future necessary cash payments. The most common payment system is WebMoney. In order to open your account in this system, go to the website www.webmoney.ru and carefully read all the instructions for installing the program and creating your own wallet.
Once you have created your wallet (you can put a small amount of money into your account to check its operation) and decided on the choice of hosting, start training. The main language you will use at the beginning of the work is HTML. Look on the Internet for tutorials on how to learn it, for example, there is a good textbook, “First Steps – Html Tutorial for Dummies,” compiled by Natalya Allenova, which is written in an easy and understandable language for learning. It is not necessary to study the entire textbook; the first five chapters will be quite enough. As mentioned above, to create the first site, it is enough to have only a general idea of the language.
“But how to create a good website if you do not know the language for writing it?” You say. This problem was solved long ago, so now any novice user is quite capable of creating his own Internet resource. The fact is that there are special programs that simplify the writing of HTML-code and other languages, the work in which is very similar to the work in a regular text editor “Word” or in “Notepad”, so it’s not difficult to master them. For example, there is a good and convenient program Dreamweaver, which is not difficult to find on the Internet: for example, just type in the search bar “Dreamweaver download” and you will see many pages with links to get this program.
You can also download V. Dronov’s “Dreamweaver 8 Self-Tutorial,” which can help you solve various issues that arose when working with the program. If you want a simpler program, then HTML Reader is quite suitable, it is quite simple and convenient to use, besides it does not take up much space on the computer and practically does not consume resources.