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How To Start A Web Page

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Web Page Editors

You may be surprised how many web page editors are available and that you probably already have some on your PC . Most Microsoft Office and Apple Office Software usually allows you to save in html format which is the web page file type. However, you may be disappointed with the way your documents appear in the web browsers - the format is typically rearranged into something awful. Then how do you link it and publish it on the web for other people to read?

The most diligent web designers will use nothing more that a text editor such as Notepad. This method makes them think about every aspect of the web page format the efficiency of loading times. If you are unfamiliar with HTML then text editors are not you cup of tea.

Then there are specialised web page editors that apply a term called WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). These specialised editors don't always format the web pages correct, add unnecessary code, and may require more patience to learn but they are an excellent place to begin. I often use MS Expression Web and Photoshop Dreamweaver.

Web Page Construction

Web pages are made up a format structure called HTML. The HTML structure and text (words) are combined into one file. You may also insert other file objects into web pages, common files types may be images (gif, jpg), Portable Document Format (PDF), and movie plug ins (often YouTube). Each of the inserted objects are separate files so they must be available when you publish the web page.

Search Engine Friendly Web Pages

Well, there is a lot of hype and scams about making web pages search engine friendly. This topic is often encompassed within SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and there are tools and knowledge needed to make sure that your web page is fully read by Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Some basic principles are:
- Inserting an accurate, short page title
- Apply the same page title as you do for the first "Heading" of document
- Label every picture and iFrame with meaningful descriptions
- Applying well structure code and tables

There are tools to test how search friendly your web pages are and I prefer to apply WooRank to test all aspects of the web pages within a website.

Usability Basics

Usability measures the quality of a user's experience when interacting with a product or system-whether a Web site, a software application, mobile technology, or any user-operated device.

It is important to realize that usability is not a single, one-dimensional property of a user interface. Usability is a combination of factors including:

  • Ease of learning - How fast can a user who has never seen the user interface before learn it sufficiently well to accomplish basic tasks?
  • Efficiency of use - Once an experienced user has learned to use the system, how fast can he or she accomplish tasks?
  • Memorability - If a user has used the system before, can he or she remember enough to use it effectively the next time or does the user have to start over again learning everything?
  • Error frequency and severity - How often do users make errors while using the system, how serious are these errors, and how do users recover from these errors?
  • Subjective satisfaction - How much does the user like using the system?

More information may be found at Usability.Gov.

Publishing A Web Page Onto The Internet

To allow other people to view your web page on the Internet, you must save it onto a, "Web Server" sometimes called a, "Host Server." There are a millions of servers and they have a wide range of costs, features and capacity. Typically the provider will provide a simple tool that allows you to save the files on the server but usually it is easier with software that allow you to transfer the files to the server, those tools are called File Transfer Protocol (FTP). If you purchase a web address, www.[yoursite].com.au, then you may link it the the web server.

Is There An Easier Way To Start A Web Page In Australia?

Yes, there are easier ways to try some out. The web technology is advancing rapidly and to publish simple web page then you may want to try some of these free services out:

  • Facebook - A simple single page to share with friends
  • HotFrog - A preformatted web page for businesses to advertise
  • Webs - An easy to use hosting service

Of course nothing is really free and the above have restrictions about using your own web address and hey will place advertisements onto your web pages.

Good luck with your web page and call us if you would like help.

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