Create a Web Site With Bravehost - Your Site, Your Domain
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At the “Welcome to Your Account” screen you’ll be presented with three different options. Select the big blue link which reads “Start building your FREE website.” One click, and the online world is now yours to rule.
Click “build your new website” on the next screen. You will now be faced with three different options: use a subdomain, use a domain registered elsewhere or register a domain. Unless you do have a domain registered elsewhere (and you would know if you did), you’ll want to use a sub domain, which is a free Bravehost service.
You’ll come to a screen with an empty field (where you type) followed by .bravehost.com. This is going to be your Web site address. Simply type in whatever you’d like to use for your site’s address (mypages, for example -- in this case, your site’s address would then be mypages.bravehost.com). Once you make your decision, it’s made. Type it in, click to move forward, and there you have it.
The Web site manager is what will greet you when you log into your Bravehost account from now on. This is also the tool you’ll use to build your site. There are Web templates and Web site wizards available, tools which help you simply and quickly create pages online. When creating a site with Bravehost, however, the File Manager is the best tool for the job. Click this to explore everything about your site.
Near the bottom of the page, you’ll see a link named index.html. If you click on this link, you’ll be taken to a page which reads “This Website is under construction.” This is your first glimpse of your site. To change that page into what you want the world to see, select “edit” (which is located next to the index.html link).
The index page is automatically the first page, or welcome page, of your site. When you select the “edit” option, you’re taken to the HTML editor. Some initial code should already be present. It will look something like this:
<title>Bravehost - Website under Construction</title>
<iframe src="http://www.bravenet.com/hosting/error_pages/restricted.html" title="Bravehost - Website under Construction" width="100%" height="700" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" margin="0" frameborder="0">
Bravehost - Website under Construction
Much of this is standard code, present on every site on the Internet. The <html> tag at the top makes it possible to use HTML code to create your Web pages. The <head> and <title> tags allow you to create a title for your page; this is what appears at the very top of the Web browser when the page is opened. Put whatever you’d like that title to be between the <title> and </title> tags.
The <iframe> tag which follows (it does not end until the corresponding </iframe> tag located several lines below) may be deleted in its entirety. This simply creates the words “Website under construction.” You will create your own HTML in between the <body style> and </body> tags.
All Web sites must have words of some sort, and it’s a good idea to write those words before you begin adding your images, backgrounds, colors and other features. When talking HTML, the word for text is <font>. To change the color, use the tag <font color=000000> (for help with learning the HTML color codes, look up RGB color chart on a search engine). Size is <font size=3> (most sites use sizes ranging from 2 to 10). To change the type of font (say, Arial instead of Times New Roman), the code is <font face=“arial”>. Remember to close codes with the </font> tag. You won’t be able to change from one size or color to the next unless you end words with the </font> before typing the new HTML.
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