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My experience on how to go about it.

If you want to do it yourself the "old fashioned" way then read on.

The first question that arose is really how do I go about it ? The answer is really very simple - Open "Notepad" on your computer and start writing (typing) HTML code. "Notepad" is found under the "Accessories" section in Windows.

The next question is - "Where do I find this HTML Code ?"

The internet is awash with information on how to write HTML. Simply search on your browser for "html codes" and numerous web sites will appear to assist you.

I have found the best tutorial on the subject under NCSA. Access this web site and work through the items shown.

The next step would be to plan your web site and create a directory under your "C" drive called "WebPage" or something similar. A sub-directory should be created for each of the web pages linked to your index or main page. Name these sub-directories with names that easily identify the pages to the content. In each of these sub-directories the files relating to that web page should be stored or saved. REMEMBER to save your HTML code that you have written with a HTM or HTML extension.

Not all Service Providers support Microsoft FrontPage.

In order to view what you have written and/or designed, simply double click on the file name under "Explorer" in your Windows section and the page will appear as it should be shown on the Internet. Be careful of different types of browsers. Check your codes regularly with a HTML validator. I used CSE HTML Validator Lite v1.00.

An important tip is to see how other people wrote their web pages. Go to "View" on your browser and click on "Source". The window that appear will show you how they have written their HTML.

Most search engines now work better with "meta tags" in the "head" section of your page. Minimum requirements are a short description and some key words that identify your site. VirtualPROMOTE explains the basics of meta tags very well.

I have found the following web sites excellent in my endeavours:

A site which is full of excellent tips and an ABSOLUTE MUST to read is:
         Toolbox Button Cyndi's Genealogy Home Page Construction Kit

Just before you publish and if you require the following, then:

You are now ready to upload your information to your service provider.

Obtain a FTP program and transfer the information bearing in mind the rules laid down by your Service Provider.

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Date Last Updated: 10 September 2002
Date First Published: 26 June 1999

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