Now's the time to do the dirty work. If you have never done a website before
and don't know how to code then there are websites out there that will teach
you how to do this. Just don't expect fast results. It takes time to learn it
all. Luckily, there are industry tips for coding that make it easier...
- to maintain the files for adminstrative purposes
- to optimize the code so that it runs faster and
- to enhance the code for search engine compatibility
Because of the items listed above, we recommend that you seek professional
help - especially if it is your first time and you need more than a single page
website! You might be able to do the design for yourself but it's pretty hard
to code the website. You normally create the files on your computer and then
transfer them to the web server that will be hosting your website. Organization
becomes critical. Remember what we said in Essential Design Elements.
Organization and Administration
Refer to the diagram below...the site map.
Create as many directories and subdirectories as you have different
file types. For example, one for images; one for template files such as
headers, footers and css files; and then for one each for Products, Services,
Specials, About Us and finally Contact Us. Within each of these directories
create a folder for current, old and underdevelopment - this way you can
keep track of where you've been, what is current and where you are going.
You don't want to get these files mixed up! And you don't want to write
one over the other. This is really important when it comes to testing
Once you've created your files you will want to test them. You can test them
on your computer before you transfer them to the web server. When you transfer
them to the web server you will want to put them into the under development
directory. Make sure that you have optimized your code to allow for web search
engines. From here, you can test your website files in the web server environment.
There are tools available that can hit your website a specified number of times
to test you web servers capabilities and the website code's robustness. Search
to see what is available.
When you are satisfied that your website files are functioning seemlessly,
you can transfer your files into the current subdirectory thus completing the
implementation of your website.