General Website-Making Tips

Write / type all the content down. All the words and phrases and paragraphs of information that you want to put into web pages on your website should be written into a word processor (such as MS Office Word) first. This is helpful because:

  1. This will provide you with a saved backup in case you lose the content on your website
  2. This will help you identify spelling errors, grammar mistakes and other similar problems
  3. Word processors are distraction-free: they let you focus on the content

Read what’s on your screen. Most modern software is made to be as easy-to-use and intuitive as possible, and provide most of the information you need to know to use the software within the user interface. In simpler terms, the software tells you want you need to know to use it. When something goes wrong, read the error and warning notifications so that you know what might be the cause of problems you may have.

When you don’t know what to do, use Google (or another search engine). Almost every question you could possibly have about building websites has been answered on the internet. Think carefully about exactly what you need to know, and write the question into a search engine. Also, be as specific as possible by including relevant information like the software you’re using (and its version). Using Google (or another search engine) is usually more helpful than asking a person because:

  1. They provide you with the most relevant results / answers
  2. They can provide you with the most up-to-date information
  3. You will get answers / results immediately

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