A Guide to the Internet, from Princeton Hong Kong Students Association
When someone wants to put content on the internet, how do they go about it? In this guide we will discuss some of the basic ways that individuals can go about building a website, getting the website online and different ways to host that page so that a large audience can view the content.
The first step is to decide what kind of content you would like to have on your webpage. Most people already have an idea of the kind of page that they would like to build, or at least know the content that they want on their page before going into it. Next, you need to actually build the website. This usually involves writing the actual content into code. Having a background in HTML (the building block of a web page) or CSS (making pages look more professional) is not essential but it will go a long way in getting the results that you desire. If you are new to HTML, the internet, or building webpages, make sure you do a little online surfing in order to orient yourself with the proper information. Of course there are other ways to build a website than from scratch, such as using a program, or getting help from someone who has knowledge of building websites.
Once the website is built, there is the process of getting the content online. If you are a student at Princeton and are trying to get content online for student purposes, consider visiting our IT department in order to get all of the necessary information to host a page such as ours.
When building a website for commercial purposes, then there are a variety of options for web hosting as well as different web hosting price plans so make sure you do all of the necessary research in order to get the best pricing for your page. Pricing isn’t the only consideration; your domain name should also be a factor in determining how to host your website. We know for a fact that IX web hosting has a great selection of plans and can help from everything to developing and building the site to helping to attract more traffic.
If you are trying to host content that may be a bit sensitive but you still want to share it, consider using VPS hosting, which partitions a single computer to simulate multiple servers. VPS hosting allows for webmasters saving money and time if they cannot host their content on regular servers.
Once the website has been built and is hosted online, you will then need to connect your page to other websites. In recent years, social media websites have made it incredibly easy to get your webpage out to your friends, colleagues, neighbors, bosses, family and just about anyone else you can think of. Facebook, Twitter, Blogs MySpace, Google+, and LinkedIn are just a couple of ways to get the name of your website out there for other to see.
In terms of attracting traffic to your site, there is arguably no better way than a search engine. It is estimated that most people in America find new businesses, restaurants or services using search engines such as Google or Bing. Getting your content into these search engines is probably the best way to spread the word about your new website.
Now that your website is online, you now just need to maintain the website. We also suggest updating the content regularly in order to keep site traffic up and build new visitors to your website. Many pages will include a variety of different topics and subjects in order to keep their members interested and engaged in their material.
That concludes our guide to the internet. Although it was bit brief, there is an unbelievable amount of information on the internet. It is always a good idea to continue learning about new technologies and expanding your knowledge with computers. These are the skills that are necessary for people preparing to enter the ever-more competitive global workforce. If you are looking for more information on HTML, this link has some great resources!
Thanks for reading our guide and if you are interested in the Hong Kong Students Association at Princeton, we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.