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Build a Website One Piece at a Time

Aug 3, 2008
The best tip for beginning Website developers is to take things one step at a time. It's easy to become overwhelmed by the thought building an entire Website, so just look at each task in the process as individual projects.

For example you can start by breaking down the process of individual page construction.

Every HTML document consists of two parts, the head and the body. The head contains your HTML title, META tags, and other relevant data. The body area contains the part of your Web page that will be publicly visible. These two distinct parts of your document represent two separate steps in the building process.

You can break things down further by itemizing each major piece in the head and coding these step-by-step. For instance, you'll enter your title tag details, style sheet reference, and the META tags you have chosen to use.

Do the same with your body. Create your main table or div elements, and then slowly work your way inward.

Save your progress after each tag or attribute you enter. This will allow you to avoid the chaos of having to start over in the event your work is interrupted by a power surge.

Also, you can leave hard return spaces between lines of code in your HTML editor. These won't show up as extra spaces on your public HTML page, and they make it easy for you to find specific areas when you need to make changes or updates.

And you can use the comment tag to make notes to yourself that will only be visible when viewing the raw code. This is helpful for breaking the document up into more manageable sections.

The comment code looks like this:

< ! -- comments here -- >

Through practice you will begin to see the overall document clearly. The initial sense of anxiety and confusion that comes from opening a piece of raw code and trying to find your way around will pass.

Once you get the hang of building individual pages in a piece by piece manner, you can adapt this way of thinking and working to your overall site development. Identify everything you'll need to do to get your ideal site online and itemize this entire project into multiple smaller task sets.

For example:

- Graphics template

- Primary navigation

- Site content

- Adsense blocks

- Blog installation

- Audio effects

- Embedded video

- Opt-in forms

-And so forth...

Any project quickly gets easier when you break the whole up into sections, and this is especially true of the sometimes tedious and time consuming job of building an entire Website. Once you get a fluid system together you'll be able to work more quickly and with fewer mistakes.

And when you have a proven, systematic approach that has worked for you on your first site, you'll be able to apply this to the next project. With a little tweaking and fine-tuning you can easily come up with a generic project template and a set of module files that allow you to tackle even the biggest of projects in relatively short order.
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Tim Whiston is a professional entrepreneur who enjoys helping others achieve success. He provides a free ezine that focuses on how to make money from home , and he also offers an excellent Web Design Course .
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