Written by Gini Graham Scott

Today, it is possible to create your own Web site in minutes and at no cost. Then, when you are ready, you can get your own domain name and Web hosting service. But first, you can experiment, develop what you want to say, and put up a site with 20-50 pages - about 5-50 MB - absolutely free. To get started, you can get a free site at many different services. These include a site through an on-line service provider, like AOL. Or you can sign-up with any number of web-based servers, generally in return for allowing for some ad banners or links on your site. Some of these servers even have their own Web building software to help you get started. Some ofrepparttar servers I've used myself are, which is connected to Yahoo, and You can also find over 200 free Web site hosts if you go to Typically, if you use a free sites, you choose a name, if available, and then your name followsrepparttar 134792 address ofrepparttar 134793 site, such as -repparttar 134794 name I used for one site. And if you want another site, come up with another name and sign on again. Once you have your site, you can easily start building your first pages in one ofrepparttar 134795 latest word processing programs, like Word 2000, which already haverepparttar 134796 coding to turns a word processing document into a Web page. The coding is called HTML (which stands for hypertext mark-up language), but when you're just getting started you don't need to know this. Just save your document as an HTML document. If you are only going to create a few pages, a word processing program is fine. Just create your first page as index.html or index.htm, which is understood asrepparttar 134797 first Web page on most servers. Then, as you create and name additional documents, add in hyperlinks to these pages, so you can move to these pages by clicking that hyperlink. Add a hyperlink on each ofrepparttar 134798 linked pages to take you back to your first index page and call it "home". Once you start each new page, put in your copy and any graphics just like in any word processing program. And for more control, use tables. Start with a table for your whole page and divide it table into three columns. Userepparttar 134799 first column forrepparttar 134800 narrower navigator section,repparttar 134801 second for a very narrow separator column, andrepparttar 134802 third forrepparttar 134803 bulk of your copy. Make as many rows as you want, and use these sections to put your copy and images where you want them.

Let's Get Navigational

Written by Chrisi Darrington

Navigation is extremely important for your website. It's part of your design, look, and feel. The right navigational tools will create a user-friendly website, while a poorly mapped out website can crush your success.

The following are some points to consider: Presentation - Functionality - Familiarity -User-Friendliness

Place main website links atrepparttar top and bottom of every page, or onrepparttar 134791 side and bottom, depending on your page layout.

The reason for this is so that visitors can instantly discover your key features.

Some search engines cannot navigate through your entire site through pictures, icons, or graphics. They need text links in order to spider through your website.

Limit your navigational links to three clicks. So, say you're a pet store. Your main links might look like this: HOME - DOGS - CATS - CRITTERS - SPECIALS

These would be your main links. Your top links can be linked pictures. The bottom links can be simple text links. The following is how your next menu would look if your visitor clickedrepparttar 134792 dog site.


Your main links would still be available; however, your sub-menu forrepparttar 134793 different dog links would now be visible. Let's take it one link further.


In three clicks your customer has reached his desired goal. Dogs/Toys/Squeaky. This should be your goal as well.

Nothing is more frustrating than having to click deeper and deeper into a website to find what you need. If you're looking for a dog squeaky toy, you shouldn't have to go through more than a few clicks to get there.

Here's how your clicks might go:

Dog Toys - Small Squeaky Toys ... you're there.

Unlessrepparttar 134794 shop has too many of that type of squeaky toy and you have to click for more squeaky toys to view, you should get torepparttar 134795 squeaky toy section or directory within a few clicks.

A large website should have a site map. (Our site map should be up and running this week) A site map is a page that will direct your customers to any place they want to go.

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