Publishing Your First Web Page

Publishing Your First Web Page

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Your First Steps in Web Publishing

By Ryan Kopf, University of Iowa Computer Science
Last Updated May 11, 2024

Publishing a web page is an exciting step in the journey of any budding web developer or enthusiast. This guide will walk you through the process from start to finish, ensuring you have a smooth and successful experience.

Step 1: Create Your HTML File

Begin by creating a simple HTML file. Open a text editor and type in the basic HTML structure. Here’s a simple example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>My First Web Page</title>
    <h1>Hello, World!</h1>
    <p>Welcome to my first web page.</p>

Step 2: Save Your File

Save your file with an .html extension, such as "index.html". This extension indicates that the file is an HTML document.

Step 3: Choose a Web Host

Select a web hosting service where you can upload your HTML file. For beginners, platforms like provide a straightforward and cost-effective way to get your site online quickly.

Step 4: Upload Your File

Upload your HTML file to your hosting service. Most platforms offer a simple file manager where you can upload your file directly, or you may use FTP software to transfer your file to the host. On Raven, instead you can pick a free subdomain, navigate to that page, and hit 'edit', and drop your code directly into your live site.

Step 5: Go Live

Once your file is uploaded, visit your web address (URL) provided by your host. You should see your "Hello, World!" page live on the internet.

Step 6: Share Your Page

Congratulations, your web page is now online! Share the URL with friends, family, or on your social media to show off your new creation.

Start Your Web Development Journey

Follow these simple steps and get your first web page published today.

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