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Create Your First Home Page in 3 Easy Steps

It is quite easy to create and publish your own home page for either personal or business reasons. All you need is a domain name, a web hosting account, and a basic knowledge of how websites are put together. You can create your own simple home page in just a few steps using basic HTML (hypertext markup language).

Step 1: Get Your Domain Name and Host

In order to publish your own home page, you need a domain name and a web host. Pay $10 to $20 per year for your domain registration and $10 per month for a standard hosting plan-some hosting plans include the cost of the domain (see “Resources” for an example).There are also some free web services like that allot you a small amount of space to host a web page, but you will have to deal with a domain name that includes “” or a similar extension. You can go here to check out some of them.

Step 2: Type HTML Code into Notepad

*Quick note — do not leave a space between the caret characters and the words inside of the tags discussed.

Open up a blank file in Notepad or another simple text based program. Start writing your HTML code here. Type in  lt; html gt; and then  lt; title  gt; tags (both opening  lt; title  gt;and closing  lt; /title  gt; tags). Enter a short two to five word title for your home page between the two title tags.

Next type in  lt; body  gt; tags (opening and closing). Write your desired message between the body tags-it can be a simple welcome message. Feel free to add an image in between the tags (the code is  lt; img src=yourimage.jpg  gt; ). You can also add links to text and images-use the tag  lt; a href=  gt;, type in the text or image code, then close the tag with  lt; /a  gt;.

When done, close the HTML code that you just wrote with the closing tag  lt; /html  gt;

Name your homepage file “index.html,” index.htm,” “default.html” or “default.htm” (index.html is the most commonly used file name-we’ll use that in this example). Your web directory will recognize any of these as your homepage so that the page will appear when you type in your web domain address (such as See supporting links for an example of what your HTML code should look like.

Step 3: Upload it Via FTP

Download an FTP program to your computer. There are both paid (WS FTP) and free services (like FileZilla). Click “Connect,” “Add Connection” or similar and type the account log-in information that was provided to you by the paid web service. Click on the “public_html” folder and place your “index.html” file there.

Visit your website address (such as to view your new home page online. Edit your index.html file whenever necessary and re-upload it your site.

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