A couple things you will want:
-A Newer Computer
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Step 1: Finding a Website Name (Domain Name)
Step 2: Working With a Developer Application (Preferrably IWeb)
Once you have set up an account on either FreeWebs or WordPress, you will have a bunch of options (Or so it seems). First off, you will want to go to the part of your account where it says "Pages" or "Edit". When you're there, you will want to look for something like "New Page" or "Add Page". When it takes you to your new page, you will want to start editing paragraphs and titles. In FreeWebs, you can also change the "Footer" (Bottom of page message) by going to "Edit Site", "Edit Titles & Footers", then edit your footer, title, and catch phrase. It should be something like that for WordPress. You can also change your template in FreeWebs by going to; "Edit my site", "Change Template". WordPress I believe, is a little bit easier. As for everything else, you will pretty much get used to it.
Although these apps. will cost you about $100 a year, that are much better, and much more capable. Anyway, my preferred app. is called iWeb from Apple. If you're using HomeStead, you should have a PayPal, Web Requirements, and lots of Web knowledge. Anyway, If you're using iWeb, I will start teaching you how to use it in the next step.
Step 3: IWeb: Everything You Need to Know
Once you open iWeb you will notice a simple layout that requires you to choose a page layout. You can choose from many already created templates, or create your own. Once you have a page, you will need to get used to all of your tools. If you're using version 2.0.3 (Newest Version) the following will work. Let's start by looking at the bottom left of the App. you will notice a +, a Publish button, and a Visit button. Once you're ready to make your changed public, you will click on Publish. Once you've published, you can view a specific page by holding "Apple" and clicking Visit. Next, you will notice what I like to call the "Toolbar". These are on the bottom of the window. On the far left of the toolbar, you will see "Theme". This tool allows you to change the look of a page that you've already created. The next button to the left, is the "Text" tool. This will create a box, in which you can type your own text. Next, is the "Shape" tool. This allows you to create loads of shapes. If you double click, you can type text in it. Next, is the "Web Widget" button. This is probably your most powerful button. It allows you to take a few lines of HTML code, and create a widget with it. For example, you could put a YouTube video on your site if you found the HTML code which is located on the Video page. Next, we have the "Media" button. I know that I've skipped over a couple buttons, but don't worry, those are only important if you don't have a 2 key mouse. The media button allows you to quickly add movies, music, or photos. When adding any content that you haven't created, you must be careful, because if you steal a picture, or play music without paying the artist, you would be violating copyrights, in other words, stealing property, which could result in a large fine or even jail time. Anyway.... The next button you'll see is the "Adjust" button. This allows you to edit pictures and how they appear. Then we have a button that will give you even MORE options, this is the "Inspector" button. Once you are in it, you can create links, add a password, and access other stuff not available with the other tools. After that, we have the "Colors" and "Fonts" buttons. The colors, will not only teach you color numbers but also allow you to quickly color buttons, or shapes. You can also drag a color over text to change it's color (Not if it's a Link. Change link color in Inspector). Then we have Fonts. I personally don't usually change the font, but the font button helps if you like very fancy fonts.
As you've probably noticed, you have a bunch of options for pages; Welcome, About, Photos, Etc. The one kind of page I'd like to point out right now is the Blog page. This page will let you post paragraphs, and update your RSS feeds instantly. You're probably wondering what an RSS feed is. Well, to put it simply, an RSS feed is another version of your blog. The RSS feed of a blog usually ends in "rss.xml". So once you've copied the blog rss url, go to Widgetbox.com and create a "RSS Feed" widget. Use the URL which you copied here. Once you've put the information in, it will automatically create the "Blidget" (Blog-Widget) for you. You will be able to customize how it looks and also the "Tags" (How it can be classified) and title. Then, if your blog is interesting enough, you could reach MILLIONS! Especially with the help of Widgetbox.
Step 4: Blogging, RSS, and Blidgets
Blogging, is one of the best ways to attract visitors to your website. By posting on a regular basis, and by having interesting content, you can attract just about infinite visitors. With iWeb, blogging is extremely easy. The only other great blogging place is probably WordPress.
A blidget, or Blog widget, is a feed oriented widget that instantly takes a RSS feed (Blog URL) and puts it into a customizable widget. If you want to make a Blidget, I'd suggest Widgetbox.
RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is another way of saying a blogs URL that can be used for a Blidget or a RSS Reader.
Step 5: Exploring Widgets and Other Helpful Services
Forms are a great way to let visitors express their feelings, or allow people to sign-up for various things. Forms have never been easier to create with FormLogix. You can create your own forms with many choices of things to add-on.
The best way to get visitor's insight. Do you want great polls? Want to put them on your site? Now you can! Introducing, PollDaddy. PollDaddy allows you to customize your polls and post them almost anywhere! You can also use PollDaddy polls in "Sprout".
Step 6: Tracking Site Traffic
If you'd like a live view, I'd suggest "Whos.amung.us". Just go to the homepage and copy the code and put it on your site. It will start tracking immediately. It will also give you a map of where people are coming from.
When you want an overall view, you will definitely want either Google Analytics or W3 Counter.
Step 7: How It All Fits In...
Also, your widgets, or blog widgets, also can either be updated by you, or updated by someone else. These too are automatically updated if they are a blidget, or if you're using Sprout.
Your domain, or cover-up for a URL, is making it so that no one will be able to see your old address, unless you told them that one..... Also, with Name.com, you can get emails such as: "Bob@yoursite.com".
Hopefully that clarified what you've learned. If not, you may want to check out my instructable about website terms. (I don't have good pics. for that yet..) Click HereClick Here.