Building Your Website, Part 4

Dreamweaver: is the most popular web-authoring program for building websites. Here are the basic steps for setting up a website using this application:

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Step 1: Install and start your Dreamweaver. Then, define the site by selecting ‘Site’ and then clicking on the ‘New Site’ tab. This will enable the Site Definition window to appear; click on ‘Advanced’ and then ‘Local Info’ category.

Step 2: Type in your name in the site name field. Identify the root folder path that is stored in your computer. Select the ‘Refresh’ option to see a list of the local files. Activate the cache option.

Step 3: Enter the URL that you have chosen for your website in the Address field. This will allow Dreamweaver to confirm the links in the website.

Step 4: Select the ‘Remote Information’ tab and then click on the ‘Access’ drop down menu to select FTP. In the FT field, enter the name of the remote server that will be hosting your website. You may choose to enter the domain name if it is directed toward the appropriate host.

Step 5: Type in html or a www in the host directory field. This is where your website will be stored. Type in the FTP login information and then examine this connection using the Test button. Ensure that you select the ‘Use Passive FTP’ tab.

Step 6: Choose the remote server model that you will use from the Testing Server menu. When you set the preferences, select OK to allow for the completion of the set up.

Step 7: To insert attributes such as color, font and font size, go to the work area in Dreamweaver and type in your text. Select the text and then use the ‘Properties’ tab to choose the various attributes you want to apply on your text.

Step 8: To have images in the site, choose the ‘Insert’ option and then Image.’ Choose any image from your computer files and then insert this into the webpage. You may also use the images ‘Properties’ tab to apply various attributes to your images including text, names, color and size.

Another option is to pay someone to build the website for you. Various web development and design companies will charge you to develop a site for you. You may find these companies online or listed in local directories. You may also use freelance sites such as Elance.com or Guru.com to find individual web developers and designers from anywhere in the world, who can create a site for you. The advantage of outsourcing your web development needs is that you will save a lot of time than you would were you to create your own website. In addition, unless you are familiar with website creation, expert web developers and designers might be better placed to create a more professional looking website.

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