Everyone is getting onto the web lately because it is about the easiest and cheapest way of making your message available around the world.
In the last few weeks I’ve mentioned blogging as an easy way for people and organisations to communicate via the web. It’s like keeping a diary and is well suited for people who want to say something on a regular basis.
It isn’t so good when you want something more like a paper publication where you can have a contents page linking to sections dealing with different things. In that case, a website is the best option and getting one is easier than you might think.
Websites hosted in South Africa are generally more expensive than those hosted overseas, with a basic site hosted by Telkom costing you between R150 and R200 per month, for example. An E-Insites site (www.e-insites.com), hosted in the USA, will cost you around $8 per month, and come with a lot of bells and whistles.
There are even some organisations which offer free websites, which do have drawbacks, but may still be suitable for you if you don’t mind the fact that adverts will appear alongside your web pages. One place you can get a free website is at www.yahoo.com and I decided to try it out and see how easy it was.
It is the work of only a few minutes to sign on and get going with building your site. There is a page building tool called SiteWizards which I would not recommend unless you are only going to have one page on your site.
The tool to use is PageBuilder which opens up in your browser and looks like a mini-wordprocessor. Creating the first page is as easy as clicking the New button, which opens a blank new page, or selecting New Page from Template from the file menu.
The second option is handy because it gives you a pre-designed page as a starting point, and you’re free alter it as you like and add your content to it. Adding text, for example, is as easy clicking the Text button and drawing a text box on your page.
I made a quick sample website and even managed to add a blog page to it. The Yahoo Help feature is pretty good but I’ve put a couple of hints and a link to the sample site below.
Hints for creating your site on Yahoo
Create your first page and call it index.htm when you save it in SiteBuilder. Create additional pages in the same way and give every page a different name when you save them.
Click Open to edit any page
To put pictures on your pages
- Click the Pictures button in SiteBuilder
- Select from the available Clipart or Click Upload to select a picture on your computer
- Browse to find the picture and click Upload
- Double-click User Files once the upload is complete
- Select the Picture you want and click OK
Create hyperlinks between pages
- Type something like Link to page 2
- Select the words you’ve just typed and click the Link button in SiteBuilder
- Select My Page from the Link to a Location List
- Type in the name of the page you want to link to or click Choose and pick the page from those already saved on the site
Adding a blog to your site
- Create a page called blog.htm with PageBuilder
- Go to Create & Update on your Geocities Control Panel
- Click on Yahoo 360 Blog
- Fill in the required details but make sure you select the Advanced option and the option NOT to replace the main page of your site with the blog page
- Type blog.htm when it asks you for the name of your blog page
- Select the code you’re given and copy it – Edit Menu => Copy
- Go back to SiteBuilder and open blog.htm
- Click on an existing text box or create one where you want the blog to go
- Make sure the box is selected and go to Insert Menu => Forms and Scripts => HTML Code
- Type Blog in the Description box
- Click in the Script box and paste the code you copied – Edit Menu => Paste
- Click OK – you won’t see anything except a blue background in the text box until you preview your page.
Edit or add a post to your blog
- Go to Manage in the Geocities Control Panel in Yahoo
- Click Blog Manager
- Select Edit or Post