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how to build a web pageI think almost everybody in this modern age realizes the importance of a web presence. It’s already part of our culture and serves as the way to show ourselves to the world. Among the many available methods of establishing our existence in the virtual world, having a website is one of them.

But most layman internet users that I know shiver when they heard the phrases “web building” and “web design”. So I tried to compile a list of methods of how to build a web page without any web design skills in less than 5 minutes.

The Applications

Let’s start with the obvious: web building applications. The quickest and easiest way to build webpages and websites should be by using applications that are built specifically for that purpose.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. While there are many powerful website builders, the ones that can help novice users to build webpages without any web building skills are next to none. Add the word “free” in there and you are looking at the (almost) impossible.

The only application that I could find which fits the quick, easy and free requirements is Apple’s iWeb iWeb - Build A Quick, Easy & Beautiful Website [Mac only] iWeb - Build A Quick, Easy & Beautiful Website [Mac only] Read More . The app is part of the iLife Suite (costing $79), but the suite comes for free with every Mac purchase.

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After setting up a new site, you can create a new page in iWeb. Go to the “File – New Page” menu. You’ll have your new page based on the pre-designed template that you chose.

how to build a web page

The rest is just a matter of changing the text and replacing the photos.

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What about other alternatives? One website building application that most users will be familiar with is the classic FrontPage from Microsoft (part of the Office Suite, again not free). Sadly, this fairly easy to use WYSIWYG Web Editor has been discontinued since 2006 and replaced by Expression Web – which is not WYSIWYG and also not free.

Dreamweaver might be one of the most powerful web builders, but it’s not free and also not for the faint of heart.

There are actually few free web building apps out there, such as NVU (discontinued) and Kompozer Kompozer - Free Web Design Software To Whip Together Webpages Kompozer - Free Web Design Software To Whip Together Webpages Read More , but they are definitely not for novices.

The Web Services

On the other hand, there are virtually countless easy and free web building services in the virtual world. You might as well go wild and create more than a mere webpage but websites instead. We have discussed lots of them here in MakeUseOf, such as:

And don’t forget tons of free blog services out there like WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, Posterous, Linkedin, Tumblr, and lots more. Using these services, you can have your own website(s) in no time. Let alone a webpage.

But if a page is all you need, it’s also possible. Let’s take WordPress as an example. In WordPress, creating a page is as simple as clicking “Add New” under the “Pages” side menu.

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Fill in the information that you want to present. Add some images if you want to.

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And after hitting “Save“, your page is ready, and the design is already taken care of by the theme that you use.

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The Unthinkable Words

There is another quick way to build a webpage: using word processors. Most modern word processors, like Bean Four Free Creative Writing Applications For The Mac Four Free Creative Writing Applications For The Mac Read More for Mac, or Microsoft Word for Windows, have the ability to save the pages as webpages (please note that I personally think this method is only fit to be used as a last resource when all others are unavailable. Still, you can create a valid webpage using it).

Most of us would agree that using MS Word just to type words would be an overkill. We have discussed several “uncommon” ways of using Word like building mind maps How To Build a Mind Map In Microsoft Word How To Build a Mind Map In Microsoft Word Read More and creating wallpapers Create Cool Desktop Wallpapers Quickly using Microsoft Word Create Cool Desktop Wallpapers Quickly using Microsoft Word Read More . So why not webpages?

If you know how to do a decent layouting with text and images (or how to use one of the templates from the Project Gallery as the basic), all that’s left to do is just save the page as a webpage.

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To do that go to the “File – Save As” menu.

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And choose “Web Page (.htm)” from the “Format” setting and hit “Save“.

how to build a web page

Of course you can’t expect the result to be professional grade. Based on my experiment, the more complicated your layout is, the more messed up the result will be. So, if you really want to take this path of creating a webpage, keep the page display as simple as you can.

And surely there are other methods of creating a webpage other than these three. If you know of any other alternatives, why not share them using the comments below?

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  1. Davexprice
    October 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    how about how to install an add as favorite html link

  2. Nonono
    September 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Good Lord! Don't use those old programs for anything but yourself! They produce horrible code, aren't indexed properly by search engines, and aren't very accessible. http://lifehacker.com/5579328/... or go look at Google Sites: http://www.google.com/sites/he...

  3. Nonono
    September 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Good Lord! Don't use those old programs for anything but yourself! They produce horrible code, aren't indexed properly by search engines, and aren't very accessible. http://lifehacker.com/5579328/five-best-wysiwyg-html-editors or go look at Google Sites: http://www.google.com/sites/help/intl/en/overview.html

  4. thurana
    September 19, 2010 at 1:33 am

    While MobileMe is the default option, you can host iWeb-made site in any ordinary hosting service. Just choose "FTP Server" from the Site Publishing Settings. (More about iWeb in this article: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/i...

    I also mentioned above that iWeb is Mac only.

  5. Anonymous
    September 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    While MobileMe is the default option, you can host iWeb-made site in any ordinary hosting service. Just choose "FTP Server" from the Site Publishing Settings. (More about iWeb in this article: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/iweb-a-free-mac-web-design-tool-for-easy-beautiful-websites/).

    I also mentioned above that iWeb is Mac only.

  6. Eugene Obinyan
    September 18, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Good article, but you will confuse the faint at heart especially since you did not mention anything about HOSTING. For Iweb, you will need a mobile-me account ($100 bucks a year). Simply building a webpage on your PC or Mac is not the same as having your intended audience view it using a regular browser.
    And for those regular PC users, iweb is no option at all as application runs only on a Mac.

  7. thurana
    September 17, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I haven't tried Dinky Page. Will definitely have a look at it.

    Thanks.

  8. Pete Stewart
    September 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    What about Dinky Page?

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2010 at 6:08 am

      I haven't tried Dinky Page. Will definitely have a look at it.

      Thanks.

  9. Peteschramm
    September 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I just did a web site using Office Live and it was fairly easy to use - if you are content to use their templates.
    I am still looking for a good tutorial on creating a quality photography site.

  10. thurana
    September 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Customizing Facebook pages? Hmm...

    Thanks for the idea.

  11. Ben
    September 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm

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  12. Sam
    September 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    You spoke of FrontPage. Lets not forget about the free version: FrontPage Express. It is/was packaged with Windows 95/98. It was a WYSIWYG editor and is not the most technically advanced piece of software, but for the learning curve (um... none?) and the price (FREE!!!) who can really complain?

    It is no longer available NOR supported my Microsoft, as it has been discontinued a few Office generations ago, but if you search for it, you can still find it.

    One helpful page (with D/L link): http://www.stormthecastle.com/...

  13. Sam
    September 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    You spoke of FrontPage. Lets not forget about the free version: FrontPage Express. It is/was packaged with Windows 95/98. It was a WYSIWYG editor and is not the most technically advanced piece of software, but for the learning curve (um... none?) and the price (FREE!!!) who can really complain?

    It is no longer available NOR supported my Microsoft, as it has been discontinued a few Office generations ago, but if you search for it, you can still find it.

    One helpful page (with D/L link): http://www.stormthecastle.com/mainpages/frontpage_express/frontpage_express_index.htm

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm

      Hi, thanks for the link.

  14. Krishna B
    September 15, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Could you give some tips on how to use Dreamweaver? I got a Dreamweaver CS5 DVD as a gift, and I'm really interested in web design...

    • Gaming PC
      September 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

      Where to start! Tips on what? Just play around with it, you soon get the hang of it.

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      You might want to start by finding literatures about Dreamweaver - either from the net or from local bookstores/library around you.

    • 457m
      October 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm

      You can try these or simply write Dreamweaver tutorials in your search box http://tutvid.com/tutorials/
      http://www.justdreamweaver.com/dreamweaver-tutorials.html

  15. jasray
    September 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    No Office Live? May want to take a second look; it's come a long way.

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      I honestly never tried Office Live. Will give it a try. Thanks for mentioning it.

  16. Jamie Northrup
    September 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Great post Jeffry, I think web services is the way to go, specially for the faint at heart to use your words and honestly even for those who aren't, I have been designing websites since the wonderful FrontPage days in the late 90s and early 00s, but have switched to WordPress a while back, and now I run all my websites with it, just so simple, quick and so many resources available out there and support.

    Another option is with the ability to customize Facebook pages we are starting to see a lot of people buying domains linking to their Facebook pages as their primary website which could be really good, or not so much depending on your situation.

    Thanks,
    Jamie Northrup

  17. Jamie Northrup
    September 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Great post Jeffry, I think web services is the way to go, specially for the faint at heart to use your words and honestly even for those who aren't, I have been designing websites since the wonderful FrontPage days in the late 90s and early 00s, but have switched to WordPress a while back, and now I run all my websites with it, just so simple, quick and so many resources available out there and support.

    Another option is with the ability to customize Facebook pages we are starting to see a lot of people buying domains linking to their Facebook pages as their primary website which could be really good, or not so much depending on your situation.

    Thanks,
    Jamie Northrup

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      Customizing Facebook pages? Hmm...

      Thanks for the idea.

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