Helping a Beginner Understand Getting a Website Live

Getting started with HTML, CSS, and JS is one thing, but putting those files onto a server with a domain name is something else. This post from Chris Coyier covers off those kinds of questions.

I remember back in 1999 when I had my first ‘proper’ job. I was an administrative assistant at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport which pretty much involved answering phones, refueling cars, helping coaches with expense reports and petty cash. One day they decided that we needed an intranet for our policies and procedures so I put together a file system based site using FrontPage 2000.

It was then that I started dabbling in building websites and began with a friends site, Nukkar Arts. I could build it so that it was available on the computer, but I couldn’t grasp how to get it onto the internet.

19 years later these questions are still important to answer for new folks getting started in web development.

I got a great email from a fellow named Josh Long the other day. He is, in his words, “relatively new to web design” and was a bit stuck on the concept of getting a site live. I should say that I’m happy to get emails like this an I always read them, but I typically can’t offer tech support over email.

In this case, it struck me what a perfect moment this is for Josh. He’s a little confused, but he knows enough to be asking a lot of questions and sorting through all this stuff. I figured this was a wonderful opportunity to dig into his questions, hopefully helping him and just maybe helping others in a similar situation.

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