What is a good way to build a website from the ground up?
Do you have any favorite resources, books, or tutorials? Any advice for beginners?
First, map out your website by hand on a sheet of paper and decide what you want to do, what will be included, and how it will be used. Then you decide what type of capabilities you will need. For most people, you can probably use a free web hosting service like blogger, wordpress, or webs.
If you actually want to learn HTML and code your own site, there are plenty of tutorials online. Lynda.com is a good one, but it costs a little money. If you willing to pay, it might be helpful to sign up for an introductory web design class at your local community college. This way you can learn in a classroom setting with an experienced teacher. Either way, beginners will probably benefit most from using a web design program like Dreamweaver or Coda. They allow you to design your website visually then code it on the backend.
I agree with Seth. The first thing you need is a map of what your site should be. Remember, content is king.
If you don't know anything about building a website, and you want to do it yourself, it's not a great idea to build it from the ground up. There are many tools that do all of the tedious foundation work for you. Webs (as Seth mentioned) - http://www.webs.com is a great, and FREE one! You don't have to worry about anything except how you want your site to look and what content you want to put on it.
The builder tool is very intuitive and flexible. You essentially just drag and drop blocks on the page where you want your content to appear. It does all of the coding for you in the background.
This is really the way to go. You should spend time focusing on what you want your website to be rather than trying to learn a new, and very in-depth, skill.
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