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Welcome to Create Your Own Website! 1 1 Creating Your First Web Page 5The Components of a Website . . . . . . . . . . 7 Serving Web Pages with a Web Server. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Understanding Website Domain Names. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Web Pages, the Building Blocks of a Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Knowing Your Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Building Web Pages Using Web Page Authoring Software Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Installing SeaMonkey . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Starting SeaMonkey's Composer. . 17Creating a Web Page with SeaMonkey Composer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Changing the Font . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Making Text Bold, Italic, and Underlined . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Changing the Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Positioning Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Saving the Web Page . . . . . . . . . . . . 25Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 2 Creating a Website 29Finding a Web Host Provider . . . . . . . . . . 30 Important Web Hosting Metrics. . . 31 Picking a Web Hosting Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33Registering a Domain Name . . . . . . . . . . 34 Choosing and Buying a Domain Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Configuring the Domain Name . . 36Uploading Web Pages from Composer to Your Website . . . . . . . . . . . 37Building a Website from a Template . . 41Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 3 Creating a Family/Personal Website 45Examining the Family/Personal Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Customizing the Template. . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Changing the Upper-Left Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Specifying Image Properties . . . . . 49 Removing the Image Altogether. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Changing the Font . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Adding and Removing Pages from the Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55Customizing the Family Pictures Page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Adding New Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57Publishing Your Family/Personal Website. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Placing Linked Files in the Same Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Testing the Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 4 Creating an Online Storefront 63Examining the eCommerce Website Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65Customizing the Home Page . . . . . . . . . . 66Configuring the Add to Cart Buttons. . 67 Creating a PayPal Premier Account. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Getting the Add to Cart Button HTML . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Adding the Add to Cart Button into the Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78Viewing the Shopping Cart. . . . . . . . . . . . 79Tying It All Together-A True Online Shopping Experience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 5 Selling Products with an eBay Store 85Simplify the Sales Process with eBay Stores. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87Creating and Customizing Your eBay Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Managing Your Store . . . . . . . . . . . . 90Adding Products to Your eBay Store . . . 93Collecting Payments and Order Fulfillment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96Taking Advantage of Marketing Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97Sales and Traffic Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Inspecting Your Site's Traffic. . . . 100 Tracking Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 6 Creating a Blog with Blogger 103What Do You Blog About? . . . . . . . . . . . 105Creating a Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105Adding Content to Your Blog. . . . . . . . . 109Customizing Your Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Examining the Basic Tab. . . . . . . 116 Altering the Blog's Appearance Through the Formatting Tab . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Managing Comment Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Archiving Old Content . . . . . . . . . 120 Working with Postings via Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121Customizing the Blog's Template. . . . . 122Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 7 Sharing Images Online with Snapfish 127Choosing an Online Image Sharing Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Creating an Account on SnapFish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129Uploading and Managing Your Digital Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Adding Pictures to Your Account. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Editing and Deleting Your Pictures and Albums. . . . . . . . . . 135Sharing Your Pictures and Albums with Friends and Family. . . . . . . . . . . . 138Ordering Prints and Gifts. . . . . . . . . . . . . 142Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 8 Hanging Out and Making Friends atMySpace 147Joining MySpace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149Expanding Your Profile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Customizing Your Profile Page's Layout and Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Configuring Your Name Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156Creating a Blog and Sharing Your Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Uploading and Sharing Your Photos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Expressing Yourself with Your Blog. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160Growing Your Social Network . . . . . . . . 163 Making New Friends . . . . . . . . . . . 164Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 9 Posting Your Videos on YouTube 167Getting Started with YouTube . . . . . . . . 168 Creating an Account . . . . . . . . . . . 169Uploading Your Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171Viewing and Managing Your Videos . 175Customizing Your Channel . . . . . . . . . . 176 Customizing Your Channel Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Changing Your Channel's Colors and Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Organizing Your Videos . . . . . . . . 179 Sharing Personal and Location Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180Embedding YouTube Videos into Your Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Embedding a Video in a Blog. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 10 Staying Connected with Facebook 187Building a Social Network on Facebook. . 188Finding Friends on Facebook. . . . . . . . . 189An Overview of Your Facebook Home Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194Viewing and Editing Your Profile. . . . . 196 Configuring Your Privacy Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198Receiving Notifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201Using Facebook's Applications . . . . . . . 202Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 11 Bonus Material 207HTML-The Language of Web Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208Understanding How the Internet Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 Examining How the Postal Service Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 The Internet as a Virtual Postal Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213Optimizing Your Digital Pictures. . . . . 218 Resizing Digital Images . . . . . . . . 219Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222

About the Author

Create Your Own Website is author Scott Mitchell's eighth book; his others are Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days (Sams); Designing Active Server Pages (O'Reilly); ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code (Sams); ASP.NET Data Web Controls Kick Start (Sams); Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours (Sams); Teach Yourself ASP.NET 2.0 in 24 Hours (Sams); and Teach Yourself ASP.NET 3.5 in 24 Hours (Sams). Scott is a regular columnist for Microsoft's MSDN Magazine and has authored more than 1,000 online articles on his website, 4GuysFromRolla.com. Scott's nonwriting accomplishments include speaking at numerous technical user groups and conferences across the country. Scott also teaches web technology classes at the University of California--San Diego University Extension. In addition to teaching and writing, Scott is a software developer. He works as an independent consultant and has authored and sold several commercial software applications.

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