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Help re building a web site please ...

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
Mo

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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

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Dear Ray

Your reply makes me think that I could be a very happy bunny. Do you mean that I (we) can build it off-line, check it with the tool you recommended, but - and this is the question - have a "perfect" web-site that I (we) don't ever need to upload to my actual site?

Granted I don't know how to build it yet, but if I can do it offline, it is worth my finding out more.

Thank you
Regards
Mo

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While you can develop an offline "website" it will not be visible except on your computer or your local LAN.

You can get a free and pretty comprehensive HTML editor here http://evrsoft.com/download.shtml (1st Page 2000) You can also forego any editor and simply use Notepad or vi or vim or any other text editor.

This site can guide you through HTML developement. Just follow the menu down the left side of the page and you get examples and samples. http://www.htmlgoodies.com/ The PRIMERS section gets you the basics and below that the tutorials delve a little deeper.

Any specific questions that develop can generally be answered here

You might also want to look over this site http://www.angelfire.com/ak/olly/help.html where she has listed several free site hosts and other links you may be interested in.

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(NT) Many thanks for all replies. Off I go ... Regards, Mo.

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