Building Your Own WEB Site At Little or No Cost            

Michiana PC User’s Group              6/28/07

By Joe Vangsness

Internet Background

-           World Wide Web is a part of the Internet

-           Web browsers access web pages on web servers and read and interpret the code written in html, xhtml, xml, etc.

-           Domain names are registered and assigned Internet addresses

-           Domain name servers translate the domain name, www.amazon.com, into an IP address so the browser can find the web site

Design & Build Options

-           Build the website yourself using web design software

            -           Sign up for a web hosting account and register a domain name

            -           Design and produce the web pages using software on your pc (FrontPage, Composer)

            -           Transfer the web pages to your web host's web server

            -           Test out your new or changed web site

 

-           Use website builder software at a web hosting company

-                      Use a website builder program at a web host to build your web site and then publish it to the Internet

-                      Domain name registration is optional

-                      Example: www.tripod.com or www.godaddy.com Web Site Tonight option

 

-           Build a Blog

            -           Use a free blog host like www.blogger.com and build your own blog

Resources

-           Web hosts with website builder software:

                        www. tripod.com

                        www.godaddy.com

 

-           Obtain the free Mozilla Composer software at www.mozilla.com

            Go to downloads page and download the Seamonkey suite

 

-           Blog builder:      www.blogger.com  (owned by Google)

 

-           Create Your Own Website, by Scott Mitchell, Sams Publishing

            Introductory book shows you how to:

            -           Build a family or personal website using Mozilla Composer

            -           Build an eBay store

            -           Build on online storefront using Paypal

            -           Share images on an image-sharing site

            -           Build a blog

            -           Create a profile on myspace.com

Demonstration Sites

            -           http://joevangsness.tripod.com was built using Tripod's software

-                      www.vangsness.consulting.com was built using Godaddy.com “website tonight” option

-                      www.chicagotrackclub.blogspot.com was built using Blogger.com from Google

 

 

 

approach to building a website

Software Cost

Web Host Cost

Learning Curve

Control

Your Time Needed

1. Build the website yourself using:

 

$90 - 120 per year

 

 

Many Hours

Dreamweaver  

$400

 

High

High

 

MS FrontPage  

$200

 

Moderate

Moderate

 

Mozilla Composer

Free

 

Less than Moderate

Moderate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Use Website Builder Software at web hosting company

 

 

 

 

 

www.tripod.com

Free

Free

Low

Low

2 to 3 hours

www.godaddy.com

Free

9/year

Low

Low

2 to 3 hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Create a Blog with www.blogger.com

Free

Free

Low

Low

1 hour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Vangsness

Vangsness Consulting Inc.

833 W. Chicago Ave. Suite 204

Chicago, IL 60622

(312)455-1126

reg@vangsness.com

www.vangsness.com

© 2007 Vangsness Consulting Inc.