Some who view this site may be prompted to publish a site of their own or for their
model engineering club or similar and if so, may be interested in the approach I
have taken to produce what is seen here. It does not of course have to be as large
or involved as this site is.
Whilst an absolute beginner when it becomes to Web Design I have, as a control systems
engineer, been involved in programming at many levels. With that background I was
keen to produce the site using the HTML programming language but after some consideration
decided that at this stage in my life that using a program that did a lot of the
donkey work for me would be a quicker and easier approach and therefore a more sensible
way to go.
Easy Website Building
I first obtained a copy "Easy Website Building", being one of Computer Active's "
Ultimate Guide's", that was published in magazine form in March 2008. This can still
be had from the publishers as can others in the series. Computer Active is well known
for its "Plain English" approach to computer magazine publishing and "Easy Website
Building" makes a very easy introduction to the subject for one starting from scratch
as it covers the whole process right through to choosing your domain name and a server
on which to host your site.
The publication, among other things, reviewed a few website building programs from
which I chose Serif's "WebPlus 10", Serif are well know for publishing very capable
programs that are relatively easy to use and at a very reasonable price. Another
major plus is that they still provide printed manuals for their software rather than
relying on one provided on the CD, surprising when one finds that the overall cost
is only a few tens of pound. An updated version is now available known as "WebPlusX2",
still at a very reasonable price.
I also obtained a copy of their PhotoPlus X2 photo editing program which integrates
well with with WebPlus 10 though it is not essential, any photo editing package will
suffice. Again it is provided with a printed manual, is easy to use and is not expensive.
If you do want to have a go at producing a web site then “Easy Website Building”
and “WebPlus 10” will make the process a relatively easy one. If you already have
an insight into desk top publishing or using a word processor beyond just simple
text documents, then a very easy one.
WebPlus 10 and its successor, WebPlus X2 are capable of much more than I have used
to develop this site, Typically, creating an E-commerce site with shopping baskets
and payment methods such as PayPal. Also provided are templates that would permit
a web site to be created and up and running in a matter of a few hours. If say you
just wanted a gallery for your photographs then this would certainly be easily achieve
by this method.
For details of the these two items click on the pictures of the relative books.
For a Domain name and a hosting package to permit access by the internet user I have
used UK2. I found the technical assistance given by this company excellent. Replies
by E-mail within the hour even in the evenings and at weekend. Serif was almost equally
as good. If though your website is small your Internet Service Provider will probably
provide hosting space for you at no extra cost.