Building Your Own Website

There are several levels of sophistication:

  • Using wizards
  • Leveraging open source packages
  • Mastering HTML, CSS and Javascript in the browser
  • Writing server programs to use a database

Really simple websites can be built using

These are all good for static, slowly changing content.  If you want to publish content regularly consider blogging with

If you want to go beyond blogging consider an open source package like Joomla or Drupal. Sign-up for hosting with a company like Dreamhost or GoDaddy and they will give you simple installation scripts to get started with these packages for a few dollars a month. If you want to customize these or do something more your own you will need to master HTML/CSS/Javascript (DHTML aka. DOM scripting).  Get an HTML editor and study the tutorials at W3 Schools After you’ve learned DHTML you can go on to build database driven sites using Microsoft’s technologies, PHP or Ruby On Rails

1 thought on “Building Your Own Website

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    Piers C - August 2, 2011

    See also http://www.doodlekit.com/ and http://www.snappages.com/ for drag and drop site composition.

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