Eight Easy Pointers to Add Pages to Your Own Web Site

Do it Without Expensive I.T. Assistance

Adding pages to your web site is a very useful skill, and it’s a lot easier than it seems. Following the instructions below will save you a lot of money and help create a more dynamic web site for your firm.

1. Go to Ipswitch and download their FTP-Home program.

This software, known as a file transfer protocol (FTP) program, makes it easy to switch files from your document folders to your live web site. It is available as a free trial for 30 days.

After downloading the program, you will see two windows with a column in the middle and two arrows, one pointing from left to right, and the other in the opposite direction.

2. Determine your FTP address, user name and password and input them into the corresponding boxes at the top of the screen.

The information above may be obtained from your web site host. Once you enter it into the corresponding boxes, the files from your live web site will appear in the right-hand window. You can choose any folder in your hard drive for the left-hand window.

3. Copy a standard page from your live web site into the left-hand window.

This is simple. Just highlight the file and click on the arrow pointing from right to left.

4. Select the Notepad (text file) option by right-clicking on the file you just transferred in the left window (item #9 discusses an alternate approach for Dreamweaver).

You’ll then see the complete web page file. Ignore the html coding and make any changes you wish to the written text. By keeping the html coding the same, you will maintain the structure and framework of all the other web pages on your site.

5. Use the “save as” command to create a title for your new web page.

You’ll also need to add an html extension (.html) at the end of the name. If you’re just editing the web page, you should keep the same name as the original file and “overwrite” it.

6. Transfer the new file to your live web site.

Make sure you refresh the FTP program first to include your new document. Then, select the new file in the left window, and click on the arrow pointing from left to right.

7. Use html coding for formatting and links.

Html is really quite simple. It uses opened and closed brackets in the following format:
<command> text </command>.

For example, <b> text </b> creates bold text. You can search Google for many other html formatting commands.

A more sophisticated use of html is used to create active links:

<a href=”URL”>anchor text</a> is the basic format.

For example, <a href=”http://www.google.com”>Go to Google</a> would appear as Go to Google and would go to its home page.

8. Use your new knowledge with Dreamweaver.

FTP programs work together with Dreamweaver to enable more complicated coding such as adding images and changing navigation bars. You just follow the process above and use Dreamweaver to open your files instead of Notepad. You should set up Dreamweaver with a window on the top showing the coding and a window on the bottom showing how the new web page will appear.