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You can do IT in later life - 43

July 2004  

You can do IT is a regular feature of aimed at trying to help laterlife visitors make the most of Information Technology on or off the web.

Jackie Sherman who runs the You can do IT Question & Answer section is an IT trainer and author. Jackie has spent her career in education and specialises in teaching IT to adults. Her courses for adults include such topics as MS Office, the Internet, e-mail and basic web page authoring. Getting the most from your computer.jpg (5543 bytes)

Jackie has also written the two books shown here - you can find more details about these by clicking on the cover images above. Jackie has also been running a course specifically for over 50s.


Via Jackie aims to particularly help those new to IT and the web to build up knowledge and confidence, so no question is too basic. At the same time she will cover Q&As for the more experienced user. 

So if you would like to ask a question of Jackie, why not email her

or if you have discovered something which may be of interest to others in making the most of the web, then she would love to hear about that too




July  2004 


Creating a Web Page- Part 1 

Recent research has confirmed that many of you want to continue working part-time from home well into your 70s and 80s. You may be involved in a charity or association or perhaps you teach private pupils, proof-read or translate, produce home-made jewellery, paintings or pottery, grow herbs or type manuscripts and CVs etc.  Whatever your skills, you will want to reach as many potential clients as possible.   

That is why you should be thinking about creating a web page. So this month, I want to answer some of the questions you may have about getting on the Web. 

Do I need to know HTML?

Most web pages are written in a code known as HyperText Markup Language (HTML).  However, you will be glad to know that you can produce a web page without knowing anything about this at all.  Obviously, understanding the underlying code can be a good idea if you want to “tweak” your page and make fine adjustments, but a simple page can be created very easily using normal word processing skills. 

How can I make sure the address includes my name or business?

For serious Websites, you are going to need a domain name – the bit after www e.g. - that makes sense.  The easiest way is to buy a domain name from an Internet company such as or   You can type the name you want for your address into the box on the site and find out if anyone has already taken it.  If the name is available, you can buy it for two years for under 10 and keep renewing it as long as you are in business.  

Decide if you want to end, com,, biz or name – they have different costings and some domain names may be more suitable if you are running a UK or international business or providing a free service.  (It may be worth buying a range of domain names if you have thought of a really excellent business name and don’t want a rival setting up with a similar address.) 

If you want to save money and don’t expect to have a Website of hundreds of pages, you don’t need to pay anything for storing (hosting) them.  Instead, take up some of the free space provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). 

This will have an address such as which is not very memorable.  Included in your domain name registration fee will be a free web forwarding service.  This simply redirects anyone typing in your new address to the web pages sitting on your ISP server. 

Do I need to buy special software?

If you have Microsoft Word, one option is to use the Web Wizard included with the document templates to help set up a web page, or to create a normal word processed document and save it as a web page which can then be published on the Web. 

A better method is to use a free cut-down version of web authoring programs such as FrontPage Express to help set up your pages.  This program was included free with earlier versions of Internet Explorer but if you do not have a copy, find it or alternatives to download and use by searching the Web for freeware or shareware authoring software programs.  One site: offers a link to free or trial versions of a wide range of programs. 

For more advanced features you will want to purchase a full-sized authoring package.  Visit amazon or use a search engine to find a package in your preferred price range. 

How do I publish my page on the Web?

Once you have worked out how you want your page to look, you should save the file as a web page into a new folder on your computer.  This folder should also contain all the pictures, backgrounds and any other files that have been added to your page so they are not left on your computer but will be published together on the Web.  (If you forget to transfer an image, it will appear on your page as an empty box with a small red cross – you have probably seen this quite often when searching the Web.) 

File transfer from your computer to your ISP’s web server (a computer dedicated to web pages) is quite simple if you use a program such as CuteFTP that is available to download from the Internet.  Your ISP will provide all the details you need to locate your personal space, including any settings for Cute FTP.  When you are ready, connect to the Internet and then locate and drag all your web page and image files across into your space and they will be stored ready to be viewed by your visitors. If you want to make any changes, you can update the published pages by dragging across the revised pages and overwriting those already on the Web. 

Next month creating a web page from scratch.


View previous editions of YoucandoIT for more useful Questions and Answers

View previous editions of YoucandoIT for more useful Questions and Answers

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