Hosting Your Own Web Pages
Once you've built your HTML web content, you need to "get it on the Internet". A web server is needed to serve web files (HTML, images, etc.) to web browsers.
If your school already has access to a web server (maybe at the school or district level), that can be the best answer. When you do not have an existing web server, there are still a number of ways to get your information on to the Web.
If you prefer not to run your own web server computer (probably a wise decision), there are still a lot of options and choices you need to make. Here you'll learn what it means to host a website, what you'll need, all the different options and costs, and a FAQ.
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While web site hosting can be purchased for just a few dollars a month, one of the best ways your students can learn how the Internet works is to do it yourself.
If you've got a internet connection and an old computer to spare, you can create your own "free" classroom server. This post runs through the steps to create your own web hosting server.
Another option for getting your information onto the web is to run your own web server -- personally or at the school or district level. While running your own web server is not for the faint of heart, it provides easy access to and total control of your web content.
This post explains the steps needed to get an Apache web server up and running. Note that you'll need a newer version of the Visual C Redistributable than the one listed in the article. The Apache Lounge download page has the latest information.
Apache is free, open source web server software used by the majority of web sites world wide (including K12IRC.org). This manual from Apache.org gives you additional information on how to get the web server software running on your Windows PC (Windows 7 or later).
The nice thing about the Apache web server is that it doesn't require an expensive "Server" version of Microsoft Windows or the latest PC hardware. Your home computer will work nicely.
More information on using Apache with Microsoft Windows (much of it technical) can be found at the Apache Lounge site.
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The software here is a great way to introduce students to how the Internet works – learn by doing. The skills your students learn creating and hosting their own web pages will be useful for a long time to come.
No matter what option you choose, the best advice is to "just do it!".
Your first try at a web page may look like a Salvador Dali more than a Rembrant, but, with a little practice, you will be creating interesting and appealing web pages in no time.
If nothing else, make it a class project. You're students will surprise you.
And remember, it's the content that counts!