Web Hosting Overview

Step 3) Building Your Site

So, you're ready to start building your site, eh?

We have much more detailed information in our Support Central section at EZ-Web.biz, so for now, we'll just give a brief outline of the process. You design your web pages on your PC using whatever software you like. This is really a personal choice, but we can offer some suggestions.

Front Page Express is freely available and works fairly well for basic websites. Netscape Composer is another freely available program that works well for simple sites. There are probably hundreds of others out there, as well, but we won't get into that. The important thing is to try out a few and use what you like. We also suggest viewing the HTML code directly from time to time and getting used to the structure. If you learn to understand HTML, you can throw away the editors and edit your webpages directly in your favorite text editor (like Notepad, Wordpad, vi, emacs, etc).

After choosing an editor, the first thing you'll have to create is an "index.html" file. Your index.html is the first page that gets loaded when someone types your URL in their browser. It should contain links to the parts of your website that you want others to see.

You can have as many pages as you like, you just have to make sure that you have links for others to follow to get to your pages. We cover this topic in greater detail in our online support section, which you will have access to when you sign up for hosting.

Once you've built the pages that you want to publish, you will need to transfer them to your new server (at EZ-Web.biz). In the next section, we discuss how.