||How to make
my own website free?
Do you really believe it will
be possible to
make my own website free?
If you think about that for a while, you will agree with me
this is hardly possible. Because even if I do not pay for it, I will
have to spend time to
make my own website. So just if you say my time
is free; it is indeed possible to
make your own website for free.
of the people who are asking for a free website just want to keep there
money bag closed. Therefore I will limit myself here on
website without paying money for it. So it will be of value
all us who want to make their website themselves.
we want to build a house we all know that we need bricks and
to do this. If
we want to build a website we need software pieces,
called files, and some connectors, called links, to glue the software
pieces together to what we call a website. Moreover we need a piece of
land, so called webspace,
on which to build our website and
an address, so called domain name,
where this website will be located in the web.
In order to make the software files for our website we need tools and
skills to do so. These tools and skills are the following
I suppose you have already a PC, so you don't need to buy one
your webproject. Thereafter you have to find your software programs to
create your files. The
required computer programs can all be
downloaded from the web for free. These programs are
excellent quality because very many users are applying and improving
this software continuously. These
programs are so called open source
(OS) programs and are permanently updated.
I apply open source programs as well as paid programs. In several cases
I prefer the open source programs, because they are not overloaded with
seldom used modules and therefore simpler to use. Small and
simple is beautiful. To find the open
source programs go to Google and search for free web editor etc.
soon as the programs are downloaded and installed on my computer, I
have to use them properly and that will take time. So the question “how
to make my own website free” is answered by using some of
my free time.
highly recommend starting with a one page website at first.
page, the so
called home page, will usually be composed of text
contributions and images. The text contributions, written with a modern
editor, are as easily edited as writing a letter
in Word. In the community
this is expressed by the sentence; “What You
See Is What Get” (WYSIWYG
– Editor). The images usually have to be reduced
in pixel size
and in dimensions in order to assure a fast access to the site by
visitors. If I do not have an own video I can embed an appropriate
foreign video from a public video portal like for instance YouTube with
a life link.
everything in life organisation is more than halve of the work.
Therefore I create a special
project folder (MyFirstWebproject) on my
and save all information of my site in the project folder. The project
folder contains all the text files and all the images. The images
should be saved in a special images folder (sub-folder) which belongs
to the project folder.
- a home
computer; our already available PC
computer program to write the software files; a so called web editor
graphic program to create and to edit image files
program to make or to edit a video
to use that all
filestructure is quite typical for websites and reflects the way
internet browser are handling image files and text files separately.
Moreover the text files don't have an ending .doc like after writing a
letter with Word but an ending .html. These
html-files can just be
created with a so called web editor. Therefore I first
focus on finding
an appropriate free web editor.
There are several editors available but I prefer the KompoZer-editor
which I use daily. Also this site was made with KompoZer. This editor
is free, is open source and therefore regularly updated, it is simple
to use and it delivers very well results.
order to get KompoZer
you should see the following screen.
to Google search and type in "Kompozer + download". One of the first
results will be the download page for KompoZer.
shortcut to desktop
closing the popup window, the program is ready to use. The upper part
of the remaining window contains the editing dashboard and the lower
part contains the page to be edited. The next picture shows a page in
in general each page looks like a collection of text
pieces, images and hyperlinks (blue underlined words). The
pieces are "written" with the editor and the images
are embedded in the page with links pointing to the images folder.
However before the images can be inserted into the website they have to
be adapted in size and information depth. The upload time of a web page
should be smaller than 100msec. This means that the size of a picture
can not be in the order of 1Mbite, the usual size of a digital camera
picture. It has to be reduced to 20 to 50 kBite preferably. This is
done with another free program called IrfanView.
The bit-reduction is usually done such that a visitor do not experience
a quality reduction of the picture. The image looks like the original.
order to get IrfanView
you should see the following window without the picture of one of the
loveliest places in Germany called Bamberg.
- do a
Google search for Irfanview + download
- find the
download page as one of the first results
a shortcut to the desktop
The whole procedure is done with a few clicks; really very simple. By the way
I am using this tiny program also to make screen pictures.
I really love this program.
cases pictures have to be edited by
contributing text to the pictures. This I am doing with
a small program which belongs to the assessories of each Windows PC.
more extended version of paint you will find in the Internet
doing a Google search ...... and again it is for FREE. Of course
you should make a donation for paint.org.
order to get Paint, you should do the same procedure as before.
Paint has been used to incorporate the sentence "Is that
Isn't it?" Again a very simple program, easy to use and if there are no
artists requirements to the image mostly good enough to do the job.
principle this is all you need to make your website for FREE.
If you want to learn more or if you want to develope your skills further I highly recommend
you to visit this site. If you do have questions
don't hasitate to ask
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