Just regarding your last question.
A website can, and should be built offline. Then after checking, and tweaking, you can upload all to your online webspace.
A handy free tool for testing before you upload pages is: CSE HTML Validator Lite
My son wants to build a site, as a computing exercise rather than for any commercial purpose.
I have webspace allocated (via my ISP NTL) and can get my page "up" (showing nothing much of course).
A Freeserve site builder is used by his school, but I guess they must have dedicated computers, because I am not happy at all with Freeserve's conditions.
My questions are:
How best to allow my son to use my computer safely to do this? Secondly, is there an obvious route to go?
So far, my best research says that:
1) Freebies have trojans et al (and a paid host is not warranted for this purpose of course). Dreamweaver seems to be quite popular though.
2) Templates seem to be available - but how can one know whether these are safe?
3) HTML is not a difficult language, as I see it, but clearly it is fraught with pitfalls if programming is not perfect, but seemingly there are kits that help out with the standard programming lines.
4) Protection via passwords back to my machine, given that I am allowing public access to the site, don't seem to exist in any secure form.
I don't know where to go from here. I don't want to say "No", if I don't have to. Can a site be built NOT on-line (i.e. not accessible back to my computer) for instance?
I appreciate any advice or pointers.
Thanks and regards