Starting a New Website?



  • What are the basic things need to start a website?
    What are the procedures to work on it to have a website
    Any language needs to learn to start a new website?
    Any kind of Payment has to provided for the hosting person or else we can host the website by ourself?


  • Service Provider

    Well, this is a bit of a broad question. Let's start with what a website is. A website is a just an HTML file being served from an HTTP-based file server to someone requesting it. That's all. It's a file server and a text document of a certain format. No more, no less. That, alone, should answer nearly all questions. But that has to be understood up front.


  • Service Provider

    @Lakshmana said:

    What are the basic things need to start a website?

    A source of HTML, typically just an HTML file. And something to serve it out, a web server.


  • Service Provider

    @Lakshmana said:

    What are the procedures to work on it to have a website

    Not sure that there really are any. The purpose, use and production of web sites is so broad and varied that there cannot be a simple guide.

    Consider another field. What does one need to travel? Or what does one do to publish something written?


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    @Lakshmana said:

    Any language needs to learn to start a new website?

    The only language of necessity, the only intrinisic language, of the web is HTML. It is not a programming language, it is a markup language for marking up documents (similar to what Word uses, or PDF, but much simpler.)

    So to make HTML you can go as simple as using Notepad or vi and making the file yourself. I've run some pretty huge websites doing nothing more than this.


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    @Lakshmana said:

    Any kind of Payment has to provided for the hosting person or else we can host the website by ourself?

    Is there anything that you cannot host yourself? Running a web server is incredibly common, so common that it is just part of many other tasks. Many servers run web servers to handle their own administration, Spiceworks does this, for example.

    Web hosting is one of the most common hosting services and is quite cheap. I know that we pay a premium for high end (ish) hosting at $5/USD per month. (We being NTG.) You can get web hosting much more cheaply than that. That's rather a good service for that price.


  • Service Provider

    You can make HTML files to learn about HTML on your desktop (any OS) and no need for a web server. HTML will work in a browser the same from a local file as from a remote file server. It will work from a traditional fileserver (SMB, NFS) the same as HTTP servers as well.

    Running your own web server to learn is pretty basic.


  • Service Provider

    I'm a bit surprised at this question as you set up and ran a web server in the NTG Lab for Zabbix.



  • Yep,I have seen some webhosting giving their service for Rs.99 per month


  • Service Provider

    Of course in the real world few people run their own web servers for others to use (MangoLassi does, it's a special case) and very few will create their own HTML. It is common today to generate HTML programmatically using special software for this purpose such as WordPress. These tools are called Content Management Systems (CMS.)


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    @Lakshmana said:

    Yep,I have seen some webhosting giving their service for Rs.99 per month

    That is a reasonable price for a "starter" website service.



  • @scottalanmiller I know that in NTG Lab.But now I am having some interest to provide some PDF materials for the users in India and also give many information regarding the government exams also. So I am thought many procedures would be there for the starting process


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    @Lakshmana said:

    @scottalanmiller But now I am having some interest to provide some PDF materials for the users in India and also give many information regarding the government exams also.

    The concepts and procedures are the same, though. Likely you will want a very simple WordPress site. Be aware that serving out PDFs can use a lot of bandwidth very quickly.


  • Service Provider

    Are these government exams for IT?



  • @scottalanmiller I am planning for government exams in IT as well as Non-IT also?Whether can I provide some links to download it reduce the bandwidth?
    What are the other costs will be present in maintaining a website?


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    @Lakshmana said:

    What are the other costs will be present in maintaining a website?

    The costs are the same as anything. You need storage, bandwith, etc. If you buy that from someone else, great, but you have to buy it and make sure that you get enough. We can host our websites easily on a $5/mo plan, but our storage needs make us use a $20/mo plan. We storage a lot of stuff on our web servers.

    If you are running your own web server the costs are what you would expect... storage, bandwidth, etc.



  • Sounds like you have a bit of ground to cover. Are you looking to learn about web hosting or just want to get something up and running? If you want to learn, set up an Apache web server and built some HTML. Lots of "Learning HTML" resources online. Once you understand that, install Wordpress and learn how that creates HTML on the fly.

    If you just want to get something up and running, look for a server that doesn't just do web hosting but runs the Wordpress site for you too, so you just add content.



  • @StrongBad Any links to learn HTML?



  • @Lakshmana said:

    @StrongBad Any links to learn HTML?

    Not sure if it is the best, but it is definitely the most famous.

    http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp



  • Code Academy has "Make a Website" Course:

    https://www.codecademy.com/skills/make-a-website



  • And a more advanced HTML one:

    https://www.codecademy.com/learn/web



  • While 'hard coding' is still very much used, many forgo that avenue and take the route using CMS - Content Managed Software.

    CMS software includes Drupal, JOOMLA!, WordPress, and more that I can't think of right at the moment.

    You can set these or any other hosting up in a easy or 'hard' way. There are companies like GoDADDY, HostMonster, BlueHost and so forth that will set you up with a $5.00 month plan, Registry and all. With those you can use the Script Installer to install any number of software. you get the Registration, Hosting and etc all in one package.

    You can also go to any company for hosting, managing your registration separately. There are some differences of opinion that this is better way to go. Commercial wise - that may very well be true. But for a personal site (like mine) that isn't dependent on it,... a 'package' is fine.

    You can use HTML anywhere as @scottalanmiller stated. I started with FrontPage, and deciphering HTML - While I used FP, I never really liked it as it added dozens of other folders that I felt was pointless.

    Today if I needed to build a site I would use either WordPress or JOOMLA! I cut my teeth on JOOMLA! 1.x and was able to get a simple, limited content site online in about 20 minutes.



  • @gjacobse

    As a matter of fact,.. even with a CMS system, you can still use HTML codes. Knowing HTML structure is something that continues to carry forward.


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