April 17, 2021

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A Quick Guide to Publishing on the Internet

Step1 - Register your domain name
Step2 - Create your website
Step3 - Sign up with a webhosting company
Step4 - Upload your files
Step5 - Promote your site
This guide is for individuals, designers, small business owners and anyone who is interested in internet publishing. Most of us surf the net but don't have a clue on how sites get there or how to set one up. This is Quick Guide attempts to help you to understand the process of having your web site published on the internet.

Step 1 - Register Your Domain Name
Every site needs an address (URL) in order for people to access it on the World Wide Web. The first step to publishing on the Internet is to register a domain name, eg.
www.yoursite.com, www.microsoft.com.  Go to a domain name registration site (www.DomainProcessor.com) to register your domain name. You will need to pay a registrar fee for the ownership of your domain name.

Thousands of domain names are registered each day, so you should act quickly. Visit www.DomainProcessor.com to check the availability and register the domain that you desire.

Step 2 - Create your website
If you have not created your web pages yet, you will need to do so before continuing to the next step. To create web pages, you may hand code the html or utilize a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) web page editor. These are some of the most popular WYSIWYG editors: Microsoft Expression Web, Adobe Dreamweaver, NetObject Fusion and Adobe GoLive

Even if you are using a web page editor to create your web pages, it is a good idea to learn the basic html so that you will have an easier time fine tuning and trouble-shooting your web pages.

Step 3 - Sign up with a webhosting company
Once you've registered/paid for a domain name and created your web pages, you'll need to sign up with a hosting company (www.webmage.com). The hosting company serves as a place where web surfers can get your files to be viewed on their browsers. Your hosting company does the wiring and sets up your address (URL) so that when people type
www.yoursite.com they will see the right files.

If you are just testing out and not ready to commit $$ for professional hosting of your website,  there are free hosting services on the internet, such as homestead.com, tripod.com, or geocities.com.  These free hosting services have templates or tools that allows you to build quick and simple web pages.  Instead of charging you, they will place advertisements, pop-ups or banners on your website.      

Step 4 - Upload your files
The last step is to upload your files from your computer to the hosting company's servers. If you've hand coded the html, the most common way is to upload your files with FTP. Free FTP software is available. Go to Filezilla's web site You may not need to use a FTP programs if you've created your web pages through a web page editor because most of the web page editors provide built-in "publishing" or "uploading" capability.

Step 5 - Promote your site
Now that your website is up and running, you will need to promote it in order for web surfers to find your site. One great way is to submit to the popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

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