You have finished learning HTML, what should you learn next?
This tutorial has taught you how to create a site using HTML.
HTML is a general markup language used on the Web. HTML allows you to format text, add pictures, create links, enter forms, frames and tables, etc., and save it as a text file, which can be read and displayed by the browser.
The key to HTML is tags, which are used to indicate what will appear.
For more information on HTML, please see our Guide to HTML and HTML reference manual .
Now that you have finished learning HTML, what should you learn next?
CSS is used to control the style and layout of multiple web pages at the same time.
By using CSS, all formatting can be stripped from HTML and stored in a separate file.
To learn how to create a style sheet, please visit our CSS tutorial .
Hosting the website on your own server is always an option. There are a few things to consider:
If you want to run a "real" website, you have to buy powerful server hardware. Don't expect low-cost PCs to handle these tasks. You also need a stable (24 hours a day) high-speed connection.
Keep in mind that server authorization is usually more expensive than client authorization. Please also note that server authorization may have a limit on the number of users.
Don't expect low labor costs. You must install your own hardware and software. You have to deal with vulnerabilities and viruses at the same time to ensure that your server runs normally in an environment where "anything can happen" at all times.
Use an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
It is also common to rent a server from an ISP.
Most small companies store their websites on servers provided by ISPs. Its advantages are as follows:
Most ISPs have high-speed connections to the Internet.
The ISP's web server is usually powerful enough to share resources by several websites. You also need to see if the ISP provides efficient load balancing and the necessary backup servers.
Safety and Reliability
ISPs are experts in website hosting. They should provide more than 99% of the online time, the latest software patches, and the best virus protection.
Points to Note When Choosing an ISP
24 hours support
Ensure that your ISP provides 24-hour support. Don't put yourself in an embarrassing situation where you can't solve a serious problem, and you must wait for the second working day at the same time. If you don’t want to pay for long-distance calls, then free phone service is also necessary.
Make sure that your ISP will perform daily backup routines, otherwise you may lose valuable data.
Study the ISP's traffic restrictions. If there is an unexpected surge in visits due to the popularity of the site, you need to make sure that you won’t pay extra for it.
Bandwidth or Content Restrictions
Study the bandwidth and content limits of your ISP. If you plan to post pictures or broadcast video or audio, please make sure you have this permission.
Please make sure your ISP supports the e-mail function you need.
If you plan to use the data in the website database, make sure that your ISP supports the database access you need.
Before you choose an ISP, be sure to read our Web Hosting Tutorial.