There are a few things you should know that will not only make the process of putting together a site easier and more efficient for you, but also make the site interesting and easier to find and navigate for your visitors. After all, even though it is your site, the site's audience, or lack of it, will determine whether or not the site was worth the time and effort you put into it.
There are various resources available to help you learn how to make a website, and many of them can be found for free. Numerous books, available at your public library, have been written on the subject, and there are an uncountable number of online tutorials on how to make a website. Any resource that is worth your time will stress that although bells and whistles can be great, the most important aspect of any site is its content.
The most critical initial task is to focus on the real objective of your site. Is the site established to create a network for the promotion of family news and photos or do you wish to share specific technical knowledge such as how to make a website? Once this is established, assemble and organize the relevant information in a coherent manner. The family site could be arranged on a thematic basis based on holidays, events, or seasons.
The next step is finding your site a home. If your internet service provider does not offer web space, you may want to search the internet for free hosting. Before deciding on a host, remember to compare it to other available services. Some sites offer more space, while others allow various scripting services, templates and helpful templates to help you learn how to build a website.
Once you've completed these steps, it's time to start putting it together. Again, there are many options. You can learn how to write HTML and CSS by hand. Not simple, but fun if you have the interest. An easier alternative is to use a WYSIWYG editor. This stands for What You See Is What You Get, and is a visual way to put together and edit your pages, rather than having to write the HTML yourself.
A third option is to use the tools that may be provided with your hosting account. They often include a variety of templates, colors, styles and clipart that can be selected or changed with a click of the mouse. This is the way many people put together their first site, and then move on to WYSIWYG editors and eventually a combination of WYSIWYG and writing the HTML themselves.
Whichever option you choose when learning how to make a website, always remember that content is what counts. Photos, clipart, animation and other additions can add interest, but do not let them overshadow the content. Too many extras can make the site difficult to read and slow to load, sending your visitors away quickly. Remember: less is more.