Articles on the Basics of Website Construction

This series of articles is focused on Internet Marketing newbies, giving an understanding of how websites work and some of the jargon you’ll hear.

It’s for people who are either just starting out with their online business or people who simply want to get a better understanding of how everything works.

Click the headline to read the full article, and if you need me to clarify anything leave a comment – I’ll respond as soon as I can!

This is a guest post from Tim Wilson at HostPapa. Web hosting is essential for anyone who wants to build their own website, and there are many providers that offer hosting services. Some provide a quality service – others, not so much. And, unfortunately, some companies blatantly cheat or mislead customers. This being the case… . . . Read more

This is a guest post by Ashlee McCullen, a staff writer on Apron Addicts. I’m sometimes surprised at the sheer number of people I meet who blog or write for the web and yet don’t know HTML. While you don’t need to know web technologies in-depth to make money online, you’ll find that knowing at… . . . Read more

For those who build websites by hand (rather than on a platform like WordPress or Joomla) one of the hassles is making sure your sites render consistently in different browsers. Internet Explorer is notorious for screwing things up, mostly because in the past they’ve never adhered to the W3C standards. That said, IE8 is better… . . . Read more

I’ve been lucky enough to pick up two new contracts recently for web design services for small companies in a totally non web-related industry. And, in both cases, the current providers have been giving a poor service. Understandably, their customers (my new customers) are totally unfamiliar with the web and the basics of promoting a… . . . Read more

In this post I referred to a question I saw in one of the forums: what is WordPress? Given that I write this blog for people who are new, or relatively new, to working on-line, and it contains over 40 articles on WordPress, I have been remiss in not writing one that describes exactly what… . . . Read more

A while ago I wrote about converting some of my websites to variable width. My thinking at the time was that, for someone using a wide-screen monitor, the appearance would be better if the content expanded to fill a larger portion of the screen. Having got a couple of them successfully converted I had second… . . . Read more

Do I need to learn HTML and SEO?  This was a question I saw in a forum today. For people new to working on-line learning these new skills with strange acronyms can be daunting. In another post I talked about how I tried to start my Internet business without a website because I didn’t want… . . . Read more

In this post I said that CSS is one of the codes or languages that have been developed to work with HTML, to improve the efficiency with which the fonts and styling of a website are defined. So what is CSS? CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets and it’s the way the themeing or styling… . . . Read more

Before I started building websites FTP was one of those terms that I heard but never understood. In fact, I initially hoped I could run an on-line business without ever needing to build a website just so I didn’t have to deal with things like FTP  :) Well, I found out the hard way I… . . . Read more

A friend told me the other day that although he read all my articles he didn’t understand any of them.  Not one. Which gave me an idea … Why not set up a new category and write a bunch of articles for people who are absolutely, completely new to the web (and possibly a bit… . . . Read more

Why would you want to build a variable-width website? Because the range of screen widths on which people browse the internet now ranges from around 12 inches to twice that size. And if you choose to view your computer through your TV you could be viewing web pages on screens many times bigger than people… . . . Read more

Corina, from Tall Corina asked me to provide some more information about RSS. Thanks Corina, and here’s some information that I hope will help.  But please ask if you need more details on anything! Really Simple Syndication RSS has been used as the abbreviation for a number of descriptions, but the one I find easiest… . . . Read more