Website: From templates to HTML

An easy-to-understand tutorial from one low tech person to another

After having gone through a lot of time, money, and frustration about building a Website, I'd like to share with you the experience so that you don't have to go through the same thing.


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Website: From templates to HTML

An easy-to-understand tutorial from one low tech person to another. -After having gone through a lot of time, money, and frustration about building a Website, I'd like to share with you the experience so that you don't have to go through the same thing.


An Introduction

Five years ago, if anyone had asked me if I had a Website, I'd have looked away and mumbled, "No." Why? Because it was still the handing-out-of-business-card days. Not a lot of people had their own Websites, and phones were still devices used primarily for talking -not so much for texting or use as a camera, video/audio recorder, music player, or Web browser, etc.

Soon, though, I found myself looking into building not just one, but two Websites: one for my dearest husband, and one for me. Come to think of it, those were the days of simplicity, when all it took for me to build was to pick a template and type in the content. -Voila! -A pretty Website!!! I could be careless about the title, keywords and description, and never mind any search engine optimization!

Ignorance is bliss? I'd say yes, at least while it lasts!!! Soon enough, though, I found myself frustrated with all thirty-eight templates (or whatever the number of selections) because I wasn't able to make the lay-out of my Web pages "exactly" what I wanted!! When I couldn't find an answer from my Website provider, I started searching in popular search engines for ways to improve the look of my Website -on my own- without using any templates that come with the (Website) service.

I soon realized that I needed to expand my "horizon," as the more I knew was the less I could take from the (very generous) provider. I started shopping for other providers and found many. Many new (to me) vocabulary words were added to my limited hard drive -aka my brain- without any understanding of what they meant: DNS, PHP, SQL, and many more -what-what-what-WHAT!!!! Whoa!!!! Information overload. Yikes!!!

I decided that the best way for me was to pick a provider -as they all looked and sounded the same- and plunge into a pool of foreign substance and learn my way from there. I did that, only to stare at a blank screen displaying some FTP on my cute laptop. These aforementioned abbreviations to me were just letters; and even after I looked up their definitions, functions, and blah, blah, etc, they were all still so alien-language-like. -I could not compare and relate these words to anything I had ever learned in my life.

I canceled my subscription and lost most of the pre-paid money. It was my mistake. This is what happens when you think you can just plow your way through. -Well, it has worked many times for me before, but certainly not this time.

After another six months, or so, of research in depth (I learned from my last expensive lesson), I found a Website provider that actually provides and teaches one not only how to build a Website, but also how to go about getting it out there and be found.

I've used this service for three years now. It has taught me the basics that I hadn't learned on my own, or from other providers; and, like a foreign language, once I start on the track, I continue and expand.

Now, I know a lot more, and I would like to share it with you so that you can save yourself from a lot of frustration.


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