How to Build Your Own Website
You can build your own website by following these steps:
- Make sure you have:
- A web browser, like Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari
- A basic text editor, like WordPad or NotePad
- An FTP (file transfer protocol) program. If not, you can download one for free from the UGA internet support site at
- A server that can "host" your website. At UGA, you can have the arches server host it by going to
- Now that you have the software and the place to put your website, you can write your own program, which is easy:
- The language that is used to create webpages is html (hyper-text markup language).
- These html commands (also call tags) are used to tell your browser what to do.
- A useful set of tutorials for html can be found at
- Another resource is: http://www.webhostingschool.com/html-beginner-guide
- My own summary of tags (html commands) can be found at:
- I also have some examples at:
- For any website (even this one) can serve as a template, or model, for your website. To see the html commands for this website, right click on this page and select "View Page Source".
- You can view the web page you are working on by using the "open file" command to view the file on your own computer.
- Once you have constructed your web page, you must now move it to the server
- Open the FTP program (WS_FTP from UGA).
- Create a "New" Profile
- Create a "Profile Name". You can use anything. I use ARCHES
- Enter the "Host Name". You should enter ftp.arches.uga.edu
- Enter your Arches User ID where indicated
- Enter your Arches password where indicated
- Press the "OK" button.
- On the left will be your computer's directory. On the right should be your arches directory.
- Enter the public_html directory, you should see the file index.htm which is your current webpage
- Replace that webpage with the one you created using the left-to-right arrow between the screens. Make sure it is name index.htm
- Check your website on arches using your browser. It should look like the one on your own computer.