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WEB SITE BUILDING


INTRODUCTION

There's a real pioneer-spirit associated with building your own website - on a par to building ... hell, anything that takes a few solid months out of your life. Of course, to do so is to cease to be intoxicated by the luxurious look and feel of commercial sites and to realise that, underneath all those flashy graphics and sophisticated coding, is the same basic foundation and tools as anyone else's site.

The major problem when building a site is the 'trying to do everything at once' syndrome. The content dictates the form, which, in turn, influences the content, which then alters the form, etc. Then you get to the stage where, in order to change one thing about the site, you have to change that thing in every page of the site individually. Not to mention all the things which you didn't think you'd have to learn about (or even knew existed): HTML, java-script, graphics-conversion and placement, CGI-scripts, hit-counters, and so on.

The great thing about site-building is all the people who are prepared to help you along the way: books (some ridiculously expensive), tutorials, software development-tools, free graphics and so on. Best of all, if you see something on someone else's webpages that you like, you can grab it and put it on your own. Sometimes you can even get away with doing it.

In the end, the two most surprising things that I've learnt from building my own site are these:

- there is no such thing as building a 'simple' site; and
- expect your site to look different on every machine and browser it's used on.

Unlike the wheel, the notion of a website is reinvented every time someone wants to make one. At least each of the following links will help make your task a little easier along the way. The sections are arranged into the order that you'll probably want to use them.

FREE SITE LINKSgeocities

HTML LINKS

GRAPHICS LINKS

CGI LINKSconstruct

PROMOTION

AWARDStopfloor

INDUSTRY LINKS

NEWSGROUPS


GEOCITIES SEARCH - search the 2 million+ sites of geocities.com


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