Do-It-Yourself Websites — A few basics to get you started

DIY Websites



FOR a do-it-yourself website, it's hard to beat Facebook. Sign up and start posting content. It's that simple. Facebook controls the design, but that has advantages. For another option, with more control over how it looks, you can start a blog pretty quickly by joining the Word Press revolution, especially if you let Word Press host the site.

To have a website that's all yours, you need three, separate things:

1. A Domain Name: A "dot com" name, also called a URL (uniform resource locator). You can acquire a domain name through a registrar, a company licensed to sell you one. The price varies depending on which supplier you use.

2. A Host for Your Website : You need to rent space on a server, a specialized computer capable of displaying your site on the Internet. The suppliers you're looking for will be offering "hosting packages." Again, there are lots of pricing options.

3. Your Website: The pages written in code that web browsers can display. Different browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.) all display that code a little differently.