Web Development Tools and Hosting Options
As the Internet has evolved, so have the methods for creating and hosting Web sites. It is no longer necessary to learn complex Web development software; anyone who wants to can build a Web site using one of many free or inexpensive, easy online Web development tools and hosting services. We have listed a few options here.
Online Web Hosting Options
You can create and share a Web site using Google Sites, Google’s Web creation tool. All you need is a Google account. Built-in templates make Google Sites easy to use, and the program allows you to collaborate with others in building your Web site and to specify who can view your Web site.
To learn more, go to sites.google.com
NDSU Web Hosting Options
Faculty, students and student organizations now have NDSU Web site hosting options that allow greater flexibility, lower cost and better content accessibility for people with disabilities.
Enterprise Computing & Infrastructure, the department in the IT Division that operates campus networking and servers, has announced the following services are available for posting content online:
1. TYPO3 (Content Management System)
Faculty have the option of requesting individual Web sites on the TYPO3 Content Management System. These sites use the standard TYPO3 interface, but the faculty sites have a design that is distinct from the ones used by NDSU departments and business units. Previously, TYPO3 sites were only available to departments and business units.
Faculty can sign up for TYPO3 services and then request a site at www.ndsu.edu/cms
Accounts on the new PubWeb server are available for students and student organizations, provided that a faculty member provides sponsorship. These accounts provide 100 megabytes of online storage at no charge. Previously, PubWeb accounts were only open to faculty, staff, departments and business units.
More information on these accounts is available at www.ndsu.edu/eci/PublicWebHosting
ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) – NDSU Student Chapter
ACM provides Web hosting for a small fee. For information, visit the ACM office at the Quentin Burdick Building (formerly the IACC) 162 or call 231-9607.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5
Adobe Dreamweaver is a professional Web development program that is accessible on the public cluster computers at NDSU.
The Adobe Web site offers this multipart, hands-on tutorial on building your first Web site. Files are available for you to download and use as you go through the tutorial.
The Adobe TV Web site has many excellent video tutorials that can help you get started with Dreamweaver or enhance your skills.
W3schools Site has many resources if you like to learn to write your own HTML code for your Web site.