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.
The best tip I can provide here for someone who's on a budget is to use whatever
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
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
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).
[Content of this page last reviewed: 12-Jun-2004]