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Publish your website
Time to publish your site? If your website has been hard work, you’ll feel a huge sense of relief when you finally send it off into the wild blue web.
Road test your website after publishing
After publishing your site, ask or beg your family and friends to give it a road test – to ensure that all the links are working and that there are no glitches or elements out of place. If you belong to a forum where people are making their own websites, ask them to test it for you. Check for deadlinks with this handy checker: http://www.dead-links.com/
How do I publish my site?
This depends on what software you have used to complete your site, and which web host you are using. Your website host should provide instructions on how to publish – check their support information – or ask them!
Keep reading to gain a better idea of how you can get your website published.
Some web hosts come with automatic installers for certain software – such as Installatron and Fantastico.
With automatic installers, you install your software with a few mouse clicks. You can make your site visible or not visible to the public while you are setting your website up.
Hit the ‘publish’ button!
Yes, with some software, such as Swsoft Sitebuilder (when it comes included with hosting) and VodaHost’s Blue Voda – you really do just click a publish button, and it is all done for you.
Some will publish your whole site every time. Blue Voda publishes one page at a time.
Some newbies will be scratching their heads when they first learn that they will need to FTP their site to their web host’s server. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol.
You use an FTP client to transfer your files to your webhost’s server and publish them to the net. There are many different clients available, both free and ones that you can buy.
Free FTP Software
Robust, well-known ftp software. Can be difficult and complicated for newbies to use.
CoffeeCup Free FTP
Our favorite. It’s drag-and-drop simplicity
Here is some information on FTP to read:
Tutorial:Introduction to FTP
FTP video instructions
For those of you who would prefer to view video instructions, you could try searching youtube.com
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