If you have acquired web site hosting (free or otherwise) and want to quickly put a placeholder homepage, you’ve come to the right place. Here I will show you how to write the most basic web page and put it on your web hosting server.
You would need the following to write a web page and put it on your web host:
All web page are written in HTML which stands for the Hyper Text Markup Language. Referring to HTML as a programming language is not entirely correct since it doesn’t even have the most basic features of one. Instead, HTML consists of a set of tags which define how certain elements are to be displayed or laid out in a browser. Below is the HTML code for the simplest homepage. Start your text editor (such as Notepad) and use the mouse to copy-paste the code:
<html> <head> <title>Welcome to [YOUR-WEBSITE-NAME]</title> </head> <body> <div align="center"> <h1>Welcome to [YOUR-WEBSITE-NAME]</h1> <br /> <p>Hello, our web site is under construction.</p> <p>It would be ready by [DATE]</p> <br /><br /> <p>[YOUR-COMPANY-NAME]<br /> [YOUR-CONTACT-ADDRESS] <br /> [YOUR-PHONE-NUMBER]<br /> <a href="mailto:[YOUR-EMAIL-ADDRESS]"> [YOUR-EMAIL-ADDRESS]</a> </p> </div> </body> </html>
Once you have copied the above code in your favorite text editor, you can substitute the phrases in the square brackets with actual values. Thus, substitute [YOUR-WEBSITE-NAME] with the actual name of your web site.
You can also create a fancier homepage if you have a WYSIWYG HTML editor like FrontPage or Dreamweaver.
Are you ready to save the file?
Homepages on web hosting servers have a specific file name – index.html (or .htm) or default.html (or .htm). Unless your web hosting server has been configured different (might be), web site homepages will have the above names. (If in doubt, or if this exercise fails for you, consult your web hosting company FAQ or support pages or send an email to their technical department).
Save the text file as index.html (or index.htm, if you like).
There are two common ways to upload files on to your web hosting space:
Both the methods require you to connect to your account at your web hosting server for which you need to have your login details (username and password) ready.
To connect and upload files to your web host using FTP you need to know the server hostname, your username and password. These details would be provided in the email you have received from the hosting company. The email would also mention the document root, the directory in which you should store all your web pages. This directory under the Unix/Linux/FreeBSD web hosting servers is generally public_html or www or httpdocs.
You can work with FTP in two ways:
Start your FTP client software (or a web browser if you chose that), enter the login details and upload your homepage file to the root directory. The homepage would now be live and you can test it by checking it with a web browser; simply enter your web site address and you should be able to see the homepage. To make changes to your homepage, you need to edit it in the text editor and upload it once again.
If you don’t want anything to do with FTP, most web hosting servers also provide a file manager or a similar utility from the control panel. Log in to your web site control panel (the address to the control panel and the login details can be found in the email you receive from the web hosting company). Once inside the control panel, you should see an icon for file manager (or similar) utility. Click on it and follow the steps to upload your homepage.
How many times can button be pressed in a second? The record, set in 1980s, is 16 times per second by Japanese executive and gamer, Toshiyuki Takahashi. Check out the button mashing video at YouTube. His official web site is at 16shot. [more...]