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Getting Started
TylerDate: Friday, 18 Feb 2011, 10:50 PM | Message # 1
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When you first start a website, you need to have a topic and some sort of plan as to how you want your website to look. You also need to know if you'll be using a website builder or making it from scratch with HTML.

Pre-made Website: Website Builder
From Scratch: Website Host

If this is your first website, I recommend using a website builder as it gives you a pre-built template to edit and make your own, which will eventually strengthen your knowledge in HTML & CSS. Here's a good list of builders & hosts:

Website Builders
-Freewebs: http://webs.com
-Ucoz: http://ucoz.com
-Spruz: http://spruz.com
-Webstarts: http://webstarts.com

Website Hosts
-000Webhost: http://.000webhost.com

Once you've chosen a host or builder, follow the instructions on their website to get started with your website. If you have any troubles, you can most likely find a youtube video or tutorial on their website or you could even use Spiral13 to find your answer.

Please view the next tutorial in this series and be sure to see the Common Mistakes series
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TylerDate: Saturday, 26 Feb 2011, 2:08 PM | Message # 2
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Once you've planned out your website and setup an account with a host or website builder you'll be given some instructions:

Host
Upload your forum, blog or other webpages(Win.rar)

Website Builder
Choose a pre-built template(design) to start with
Select types of pages to start with
Fill in your content

NOTE: I'm not really going to help too much with hosting or HTML is this tutorial, you can either ask a question or wait for the release of such a tutorial.

You should have already planned out your website a little bit, gotten your business name, maybe a slogan, and most importantly for your website, how you want it to look. Eventually you can make your own template/design or hire someone to do this task for you, but for now simply choose the best one for your website.

After you've chosen a template most website builders will help you create your website and will have a list of pre-built pages to build off of. Let's say you're making a website for your OWN game like Runescape or WoW, you would want to start with something like this:

-Home
-Game
-Community/Forum/Members' Area
-Support

Or maybe you're making a fansite for Pokemon:

-Home
-Pokemon Games/Videos/Pictures
-Community/Forum/Members' Area
-Links

Of course every website is different and you can definitely have more than 4 pages. Once you've selected your starting pages, look over them, use the pre-written content to your advantage and look at other websites or example sites for help, but NEVER copy. Copying another website is a guaranteed way to lose visitors.

Please view the next tutorial in this series and be sure to see the Common Mistakes series
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