Why Beardmore.com ?
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Creating and maintaining a web site is a lot of work, and when
you have a fairly entertaining or functional website, people often want to know
what tools you used and how you accomplished what they've enjoyed.
Here I'll list all the applications that I've used in the
production and maintenance of my site, including
HoTMetaL PRO and plain "old-fashioned"
Approximately one year ago, I became quite interested in web
design and how amazing and complicated some internet sites have become!
Listening at work to some of the younger kids talk about the HTML
classes they were taking at school and just how easy it was, I started asking
them a few questions. - Heck, I figured that if they could do it, so
could ol' Joe!!!
So, off to Barnes &
Noble I went... in search of that ONE perfect book... you know, the one
with ALL of the answers!!! - Well... I came home with a few extras.
- Creating Web Pages for Dummies . . . by IDG Books
- HTML 4 for Dummies . . .
by IDG Books
- Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 4 . . . by
- Teach Yourself FrontPage . . . by
But all the books in the world couldn't have helped me - I
mean... What the heck is this HTML stuff and how am I supposed to understand
it? - It all looks GREEK to me! - So..... Back to the drawing board (or kids in
this case). -Where can I get classes? - Adult-education classes? - 'Could
one of you teach me' classes? - Anything at all? - Could someone please
help me??? Their answer was quite simple..... Why don't you go back to school?
- - - So, after a little research, I signed up for a few weeks of night classes
at Metropolitan Community
College - Yep, "HTML 101".... That's for me! A beginner's guide to internet
web design! - - Approximately 24 class-hours later I graduated with just enough
knowledge to do some very basic pages. - But that's all I needed to get me
It was during these classes that my instructor recommended
several alternative methods of creating a web page or site. - He discussed many
of the recently released software programs that do much of the design work for
you. - So back to the research store I went! - - There are countless Internet
Sites specifically designed to compare, rate and download almost every type of
software program ever released. - These are just a few:
These sites (and others like them) offer valid comparisons and
suggestions regarding similar types and classes of software titles. - They even
provide links to download 'trial' or actual versions of each program. - It was
here that I found several of the Web Development programs currently offered on
the market. - Everyone has their own opinions about the use of these 'Utility'
packages versus good ol' fashioned HTML programming. - Personally, I
feel that such programs were developed to assist the average Joe-Blow in
designing fair-quality web pages and sites! - But a 'basic' understanding of
Tags, Headings, Formatting, Frames and Tables is essential in
successfully 'tweaking' your creation before finally publishing and uploading
it for the entire world to enjoy!!! - Most of the popular Web software
developers offer a short trial period where potential users can download and
'sample' their products. - I examined several before finally choosing one that
I felt the most comfortable with. But believe me... There's dozens available
and they're ALL good !!!
After creating a few basic pages, it was time to choose a URL
and register it with Network Solutions
(formerly Internic). I also had to start looking for a provider to Host
my site. I would suggest that you allow your host to complete the registration
process for you, even if they charge a small fee for doing so!!! It took me
nearly three months to complete mine due to my own ignorance. . . . and
their's!!! - Again, there are hundreds of 'Hosting' providers available.
Things to consider when choosing the right one for your site are, of course,
price, size allocation, and customer support. I took my brother's advice and
chose American Web Hosting - The same
provider that he was using for his site. They've got a plan for every size and
type of site on the internet! - They're very easy to work with and always
willing to lend a helping hand when the need arises.
To Be Continued
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