Do you have an ISP (Internet Service Provider)? Most will have some web space you can use, and you can ‘rent’ more space if you need it.

Find a web space provider, if you need one. This can be either your ISP or a separate web-hosting company.

Do you need a domain name? Your ISP may give you theirs, or you can sign up for your own, with .com, .net, .org, .cc or other designations following any name you want that is not already in use.

You need some software to help you generate your web pages. We are using Microsoft Word, but you can use software that is better designed for this, such as Microsoft Front Page Express, or Front Page or Adobe Page Mill, or more powerful professional software if you want to make a complex, sophisticated site. Adobe GoLive, and Macromedia Dreamweaver.

You may also want some resources, such as clip art libraries or collections to spice up your pages, and even pre-designed graphics, like buttons you could use for site navigation.

Last, but not least, you will need a program to help you upload your files to your web space. This is called an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program. I use one called "Fetch" for the Macintosh, but there are dozens of freeware/shareware programs for PC’s too.

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