Sometimes, a blog isn't enough. If you really want to control the look and feel of your site, or if you want to do non-bloggy things like set up a shop that actually sells things online, you need to build your own Web site.
Creating your own Web pages and linking them together to form a site used to be a lot more work than dashing off a few pithy lines for a blog before breakfast. You had to do everything from writing the site's text to troubleshooting broken links to fixing pages that displayed weirdly in different Web browsers.
These days, though, creating a simple Web site can be every bit as easy—and free—as maintaining a blog. Granted, it won't be whiz-bang flashy or as sprawling as those monolithic Web beasts like Amazon.com or the BBC's extraordinary news site. But you have to start somewhere.
The following pages describe two different scenarios:
Simple sites using automatic, free, or cheap, idiot-proof online Webcreation services.
More professional sites that require a lot more knowledge, skills, software, and money to design and maintain.
In addition to its Blogger site, Google is tinkering with full-on Web site creation, design, management, and hosting for its Gmail members. Google Page Creator, which was still in the testing phase in early 2006, gives you 100 megabytes of server space and an editing program that lets you design your own customized pages without having to hack around in the underlying HTML code. If you have a ...