How to build a website

When learning web design, many people wish to build their own website as soon as possible. To smooth your path, we've narrowed down the minimum knowledge you'll need.

We suggest you start with the articles linked to in this table, moving left to right, row by row. If you have difficulty with a term, please use our glossary.

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1 Begin your Web project
In this article we discuss the first, indispensable step in any project: define what you're accomplishing and why.
   
2 How the Internet works
This article explains what the Internet is and how it works.
   
3 Understanding the difference between a webpage, a website, a web server and a search engine What is a web server?
In this article we are discussing what Web servers are, how they work, and why they matter.
Which software do I need (and what does it do)?
In this article we explain what software you need in order to edit, upload, and view a website.
4 Understanding links on the Web
In this article, we discuss links in detail, one of the main reasons for the Web.
   
5 Understanding URLs and their structure
This article explains what URLs are (Uniform Resource Locators) and how they're structured.
Understanding domain names
In this article we go over domain names: what they are, how they are structured, and how to get one.
 
6 Anatomy of a webpage
When you're making your own website, it's good to be aware of some common layouts.
  How much does it cost to do something on the Web?
Getting involved on the Web isn't as cheap as it looks. In this article we discuss how much you may have to spend and why.
7 Beyond design, the basics of Web design   Choose, install, and set up a text editor
In this article we highlight some things to think about when installing a text editor for Web development.
8     Set up a basic working environment
This article gets your workstation set up for building your website.
9   Write a simple page in HTML
Learn how to create a simple webpage.
Open a file in your browser
This article explains various ways to access a file in a Web browser, and why it's important to do it the right way.
10   What are HTML tags & how to use them
This article covers HTML basics: what tags are and how to use them.
Upload files to a Web server
This article shows how to publish your site online with FTP tools.
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Checking that your website is working properly
This guide outlines basic strategies for catching and fixing common website errors.

These are the basics you need for your very first website, but if you want a more advanced, professional website, please keep reading:

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12 What do people need in order to view my website?    
13   Using CSS in a webpage
This article explains how to make CSS styling take effect in your webpage.
 
14 What is accessibility?
This article introduces the basic concepts behind Web accessibility.
What are CSS properties and how do I use them?
CSS specifies how a webpage should look. This article explains how to use selectors to apply CSS properties to HTML elements.
 
15 Design for all types of users 101
This article provides basic tips for designing accessible websites.

Basic text styling in CSS
A brief overview of the most common CSS properties.

 
16   Using images  
17 Common pitfalls to avoid in Web design Basics of User eXperience (UX) Design Design of navigation menus

 

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