If your PC starts to slow down, one of the first things to consider is when you last defragged. If you want to see why I'm trying to write a simple How To on this take a look at Microsoft's defrag explanation.
FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is used to get your files on a web server so that they can be seen on the internet. If you have been working in Notepad and located some server space it's now time to begin thinking of some FTP software to transfer your HTML to the server. If you are trying HTM-Kit as we suggested you will find that it has a built in FTP capability as do FrontPage and Dreamweaver. They are all basically set up the same with a view showing server files on one side and your local PC files on the other side.
We are just going to give you a few thoughts based on our own experience. It's like renting a house where knowing the reputation of the landlord can save you a lot of grief. If they let spammers live in your neighborhood you could wind up having your email blocked.
We will be discussing HTML tutorials that I have actually used. There is no sense in me creating a tutorial when so many are available on the net. What we hope to do here is give you confidence in the ones you select. It's the code thats important, and we will all ways be pushing you toward what is called standards compliant or "valid" code.
Very basically a HTML editor allows you to assemble your code and content in a form usable by a browser. You may have Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Netscape, or a lessor known application. If you notice we never mention Apple products for the simple reason we have no experience with them. We will use this page to tell a little about a few editors and then the next page will tell your how to get the code (html).
The need for SEO or search engine optimization really depends on how much you will be depending on web search for visitors. Beware of big promises for little money. There is only so much room at the top of the search results and not all can be there. If you are in a competitive niche expect fierce competition for the top. If you are selling pictures to decorate the walls of dog houses it should be easy to be in the top ten.
We are concerned with being visible to Google, Yahoo, MSN and any other search engines that might become players in this important area of promotion. It's an ever changing field and getting to the top of search results can take a lot of time and energy.
We advise settling on a domain name and registering it well before you get your site if you can. At the same time you get your web space you can set up your email accounts. Your domain will lead to a site under construction page but that's OK for now. 90% of the examples listed on this site are with ICDSoft. Feel free to go to ICDSoft hosting if you want to do it yourself. If you want us to do it you can use our Contact Form and we will get it for you. They are the only two web hosts we can recommend at this time.
If you are thinking about a web site you probably have questions on how you can get it seen by lots of eager eyeballs. You need to set some goals and have realistic ideas of what is possible. Putting a web site out there doesn't mean that people will automatically be able to find it.