How to make a website after graduation


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Title:How to make a website after graduation
Creator:Nadia Barclay

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Hello. This tutorial will show you how to create a website on your own. When you graduate from the iSchool, you will no longer be able to use your iSchool web space, so the first thing you need to do to create your own website is to select a web host.
A web host is  an Internet hosting service that allows you to make your own website accessible on the World Wide Web.  Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own or lease for use by their clients.
There are a few things you should consider when selecting a web host. Costs can be as high as $100 or less than $10 per year. You might be able to find a deal by looking for promotional codes or special discounts. The first year will probably be cheaper, but after the first year you will probably have to pay full price.
Check to make sure the web host has Secure Shell Access and web applications like MySQL. These should be free of charge.
Many web hosts include free content management plugins, such as Word Press or Omeka. And many web hosts offer unlimited bandwidth and storage space. You can do your own research on the Internet to find a web host that best suites your needs. There are a lot of options. Two web hosts I suggest are Dreamhost and Hostmonster.
I'll briefly walk you through the sign up process and a few things to help you get started with Dreamhost. You can sign up for Dreamhost here on the left hand panel. The website will first ask you for an email address and a password. 
Next it's going to prompt you to select a domain name. The domain name you select depends on the purpose of your website and your target audience. I'm going to navigate back to the homepage to show you where you can test domain names to see if what you want is available. 
You may want to use your own name, or something else like your twitter name. You will also have to choose if you want to be a .com, .org, .info, etc.
Other elements of the site that reflect your personal bran are the tag line, logo, and overall site design. Once you've selected a domain name, you can insert your promotional code on that sign up process. Then you'll be prompted to install applications, select an FTP client, and select your content management system. All of this is totally customizable for your needs.
Some general ideas for the types of content you may want to include, if this is a personal website or online portfolio are: an about section that includes your background and professional goals, a resume, a portfolio of projects, which could include pictures, video, audio, and your contact information. 
A few notes about maintenance and upkeep. Remember to keep your website up to date and to install updates for your content management system and other plugins on the site. 
Finally, think about ways you can connect people to your website. This could include  posting your URL on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, an email signature or business card. 
Thank you for completing this tutorial. Good luck and have fun creating your own website!
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Selecting a web host
Signing up for DreamHost
Selecting a domain name
Finishing the sign up process
Content to include on your website
Maintenance and outreach