While most Web pages that you see online were probably coded using notepad or other HTML editors, a WYSIWYG program like Microsoft Publisher can also do the job for you. The program is one of the applications usually included in the Microsoft Office suite and can be used for various publishing needs, from making business cards, laying out newsletter and yes, even making simple Web pages with point-and-click ease.
Here's how you create a Web page using Microsoft Publisher.
- Click the icon for Microsoft Publisher to open the program. If the Publisher icon is not on your desktop, you can look for it in your Start Menu under the Programs folder. This is commonly be placed under the Microsoft Office subfolder.
- Choose the option to start a "new document." You will be given a list of projects to choose from. Scroll down until you see the Web sites category. You may already pick the look that you want for your site on this stage. Otherwise, you can select a basic or blank Web site, if you will be designing from scratch.
- This will start a wizard. The wizard allows you to customize the color scheme, layout, sounds and other features that you want on your Web page. Click the Finish button to finalize the options that you've selected.
- Add text accordingly. You can also organize your text by tables and frames, to help with navigation of the Web page. Other components such as clip art, imported images, animation and sounds may be added through the icons on the toolbar.
- Access the Web Properties section on the File menu. This allows you to change the title of the Web page. This is also the area where you may add other site information such as keywords for search engines.
- To see if your page works well, use the Web site preview option also under the File menu. This allows you to view your page as if it were a real Web page being read in Internet Explorer. This displays your Web page on your default Web browser - usually Internet Explorer or Firefox. Try to see if the frames are lining up and if the links are at the right places.
- Save the file as HTML. Do this by clicking Save As under the File Menu and choosing the HTML type of file under file type.
Once you have the HTML and other files saved, you can upload the files to your Web host using an FTP client. If you would rather have this automatically done, you can set up your FTP host information in Publisher. Simply go to the "File" menu, then select "Publish to Web." You can save your FTP information by clicking on the Add/Modify FTP locations link. Simply specify the URL (usually preceded by "ftp"), and your username and password. When in doubt, check with your hosting company. However, the Panel username and password given to you when you signed up for hosting service will usually work.
Publishing Web sites using Microsoft Publisher is not usually the most sophisticated way to put up content on the Web. Most would consider this very basic and at times old-fashioned, because most webmasters today prefer dynamic content delivered by content management systems like Drupal and WordPress, which let site owners edit and manage content online. But if you need a quick and basic solution, then Publisher will suffice.