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Basic skills

It seemed to me that the technical skills I would require to start off with would be fairly small:
I was correct!... and after reading the instructions in the help files for the ftp uploading tools and checking out some really basic web sites - and of course asking questions and talking to the people from my second hosting company, I was up and running.

Free hosting

The best tip I can provide here for someone who's on a budget is to use whatever free hosting you can get from your ISP to play around with HTML (and javascript and CSS - cascading style sheets etc) before spending anything on hosting.
It's fun to play with .htaccess and eventually PHP includes etc and databases but, if you want effecient web sites (ones that load fast) it's great to get a good solid background in the basics.

Scour the web for help

I've provided one link above to a page with some good basic stuff but keep searching.
And if else fails, counsult the w3.org HTML manual (although I found myself looping around a bit but eventually got the hang of it).
The companion very much abbreviated guide from the W3C site ('Getting started with HTML' by Dave Raggett) is also very handy.

You may want to buy a book

Within a short period of time I'd already written some pretty fundamental and fancy html (or so I thought) using any number of online tutorials as help (as above). I actually found that an idiot's guide book (you remember, those things you leave open beside your monitor as you beaver away) was ulitimately the most useful tool for this part of the learning. Idiot's guides (good ones) often provide suggestions about other paths you may wish to follow (eg. Javascript)
I've included a few tips for finding a good book here.

Putting your pages up on the server

If you're using free hosting you'll only need something simple to load the pages up with (ftp planet as mentioned above - free), but you may also eventually want to load pages up to your site using a secure connection. This will depend on you hosting company supporting this (and this is perhaps one of the things you may want to investigate before you start paying for hosting - do they support SSH?). If they do you'll also need a more robust secure ftp client (WINSCP also free).
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