This article will show you how you can make your own web page within your iiNet Group members webspace. All broadband accounts within the iiNet Group come with 1GB of free web space which you can use to make a website. Learn more.
It's important to note that this article specifically relates to customers utilizing their free members webspace and not for customers with iiNet Hosting services. If you have an iiNet Hosting service, please see the Hosting Control Panel FAQ.
Please note: Expressing yourself is fun, but make sure your website doesn't contain any prohibited content.
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First, you'll need to know where to go to get started. The FTP address is where you can view and upload the HTML files for your web pages. Once they're uploaded, the web address is where you'll go to see your creation. These addresses vary according to your ISP within the iiNet Group, as listed below.
Please note: In the addresses below, you'll need to replace "USERNAME" with your own username (e.g. "john.citizen").
|ISP||FTP address||Your web address|
Within your FTP program of choice, you'll be prompted for your login details to any of the above servers.
Have you heard about HTML? It's one of the major languages of the web. You can use it to do everything from making text bold or colourful, to specifying where images or paragraph breaks should go on your web page.
Once you've got th ehang of HTML, you can also save some time by using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). This allows to to specify that every paragraph should be a certain font, and ever header should be a certain colour etc. without having to HTML code everything individually.
These websites can show you the basics of HTML and CSS. Once you know what HTML tags you want to use, you can write your web pages in your computer's free word processing software (e.g. Notepad for Windows or TextEdit for Mac OSX) and then save it as a .html file.
Your home page is a HTML file that must be named "index.html". It's the very first page you'll see when you go to your web address. These instructions will cover making your home page and uploading to the FTP through your browser.
If you're looking for a more user-friendly way to make your HTML files, you may want to consider downloading Sublime Text. Some users may have advanced web creation software (e.g. Adobe Dreamweaver), but we're just covering the basics here.
Note: You'll be tweaking this file a lot. If you're working with Notepad or TextEdit, even though the final product will be a .html file, you should save a version as a .txt file for easy editing in the future.
Adding images or videos to your website is fairly easy; you just need to know where the content is coming from, and what HTML tags to use.
Please note: It's important to use your public web address when doing this - if you use the FTP address (typically found next to Location in File Properties) visitors to your website won't see your image unless they provide your username and password, which is not information that you want other people to have.