"The Internet will help achieve "friction free capitalism" by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other." - Bill Gates
"The beginning is the most important part of the work." - Plato
8 Important Things:
Choosing a top ten web hosting company is a good start. These have free online software, to search for a new domain name. When deciding on your url, it's wise to keep the characters as short as possible and include your theme's keyword (does not work in Internet Explorer browser).
Webmasters who maintain a site with a theme they are interested in should find it easy to create new content. This will help improve organic ranking at engines, in the long run.
Your culture is your brand.
The expert in anything was once a beginner.
Any attractive site design will do at the beginning. As the site generates income and your html skills improve, it should be easy to fine-tune its look.
Here are some helpful html code to go between the <body> </body> tags:
<table align="center" cellpadding="16"><tr><td valign="top" width="185">Content here</td></tr></table>:
Tr is table row. |
Td is table column. |
Td valign="top" keeps the alignment of content at the top, when other columns, because of content, are taller. |
[For webmasters who do not wish to use <head><style type="text/css">CSS code here</style></head>]:
<a href="http://www.ipage.com/"><img src="ipage.gif" alt="Web Hosting" height="250" style="border:none;float:right;margin:9px 0 9px 16px" width="250"></a>:
style="float;right(or left);margin:__;" embeds images in a table without having to use another table or other more difficult, lengthy code. The less tables and html writeup characters, the faster the site.
Content (words) do not look good when too close to images. The #px is the pixel space (margin) around the image going clockwise starting north (at the 1st 9px above). Px is not needed when the value is 0. |
When visitors click on a navigation link that has target="top" in the <a href code, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers open a new tab. Not using target="top" in navigation keeps users in the same tab.
There should be at least three navigational links within, above or on left of main content table row and column of every page. These are the hyperlinks that point to your site's other (inside) pages. Visitors should be able to tell what links are the navigational ones. They must be easy for the mind to grasp (obvious).
New page names should include a keyword in the web address.
Based on experience using Google Webmasters, a webmaster must keep up every page created that has a backlink. These pages should stay online with or without content.
The title, description, author, and meta http-equiv meta tags should be added to all pages. They look like the following:
<head><title>Website Creation Tips</title>
<meta name="description" content="Any attractive site design will do at the beginning. As your site generates income and your html skills improve, it should be easy to fine-tune its look.">
<meta name="author" content="Scott Coplen">
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8"></head>
The meta http-equiv charset is the "Encoding" used when saving a web page's text file (version), under "Save As" [in notepad]. Charset utf-8 is the most recommeded because it is universal coding.
Each web page should have 2 documents in a site's folder on the webmaster's computer. The 1st in notepad (.txt) or other text document, and the 2nd saved as a browser version in .html (same as .htm) or .xml.
Edits are made in the text version. The browser version is the actual web page that is uploaded to the server.
An edited web page document must be saved in text form first (Save), then .html, .htm or .xml (Save As..). Documents that are not saved in text version will not keep the edit made.
Keeping a site fast for courtesy of the web surfer should give it a boost in popularity. This is done using Page Speed. Surfing a slow loading site could cause visitors to feel impatient.