- Up to this point, everything we created was stored locally. But now it's time the world sees our work!
- Firsts things first: We need somebody who will host our website
- There are a lot of possibilites. Two examples are:
- Neocities, just upload all your code like HTML, CSS or any other language and it's online
- WordPress.com, popular software especially for blogs. You can do a lot things with little effort and no knowledge of HTML, but creative freedom is restricted and the platform is financed through advertisements.
- Go to https://neocities.org and create an account
- Upload your files
- Go to
http://nutzername.neocities.org/webseite.html- look, it's your website!
- Send the link to your friends
- To update your neocities website, use the built-in editor oder upload the updated file
- Focus on blogs but the CMS is flexible and also suitable for hosting other sorts of websites
- based on the WordPress Software, which you can install on your own server
- You don't need HTML / CSS know-how
- Lots of ready-made templates
- Certain creative restrictions: Does not accept user written HTML or CSS in the free version
- financed with advertisements (at least it seems to be discret with that)
- Has a lot of functions, some say: Too much
- Focus on minimal micro blogs
- Accepts your own HTML & CSS for templates. You don't have to build a new one from scratch. Instead you can choose an existing one and adapt it.
- Can also be used for static pages. However not for single posts.
So, now we have learned a great deal about HTML and CSS: What the code acutally does, how to write it and finally where to host our creations. There is one thing we haven't talked about so far: Communication. The use of HTML & CSS enables you to publish but not to communicate with your readers. What do we do to change that?
Out there in the endless depths of the web exist a lot of different alternatives:
- Disqus, a forum. It works well, but advertisment display is possible
- Muut, forum
- Google Forms, forms e.g for surveys. Can also be used for non-public inquiries.
- Email, an evergreen
- Facebook Pages, wide range, very easy to reach people and you can combine it with blog posts, links etc. But it exlcudes everybody who does not have a facebook account and you influence on design
- Most blog platforms like wordpress or blogspot offer a built-in comment function which you can moderate and publish.
- Other ideas?