Back in 1999, during the dot-com bubble, I decide to take a class on Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the programming language used to design and display web pages and websites; we were taught to use a text editor, for me that was Microsoft Notepad, and an FTP program, I used WS-FTP. Designing, hosting, updating and maintaining a website at that point in time required extensive knowledge of web programming; however, running a personal website has become much easier and less involved.
Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need:
- Hosting package – can be free or paid for, I use PowWeb.
- Domain Name -once again can be a free domain name or one that you paid for. I used MyDomain to purchase verITableLIFE.com.
- An idea of what you want your site to be
Okay, now you have your checklist, what next? I will use verITableLIFE.com as my example. You’ll notice in my “list of things that you’ll need” that there are a lot of different links. These are just a few of the free, open source web applications to help get your site off the ground. Back to my example,
- Purchased a hosting package with PowWeb
- Bought the domain werITableLIFE.com from MyDomain.com
- Decided to blog, and chose Word Press as my posion.
- Got very creative!! Here is the default Word Press install of verITableLIFE.com
The creative steps I took to get to my final result: all of which were quick and easy.
- Found a theme that I liked.
- Shuffled around my “Widgets”.
- Created a nice little banner graphic, although might be considered a little more advanced.
- Started filling in the content.
So there you have it, the quick and dirty story behind verITableLIFE.com. Look for Part 2, which I will show how easy it was for me to rent my duplex out with the help of technology.