How To Set Up Your First Website For Beginners - Using Office Live

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  1. agentmanningctu

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    Creating your first website can be a daunting task. It’s easily one of the hardest things to get right. The most important thing to remember is to start small. If you are a true beginner, you’d be better off using a simple website creator like or Office Live. Sites like these make creating websites really easy. You pick a theme, add text, and you’re ready to go. There are modules you can add for forums, contact forms, and more.

    Now, which is the right website creator? It really depends on your needs. has several amazing tools that can help set up just about everything you need. Still, you can expect lots of ads. What’s more, you can’t add a custom domain name without paying up to $20 extra. If you want to run a permanent website, is not for you.

    Office Live is the probably the best choice. There are minimal ads on your site, which is better for viewers. Like, you can easily choose a theme and set up pages you need. The most useful tool on Office Live is the ability to add custom codes. This means that you can learn HTML and other coding to customize your website. Office Live also lets you redirect a domain for free, unlike most other sites.

    Here is a nice example of a site created using Office Live. Now, the owner of this site obviously has some coding experience under his or her belt, but it just shows you how Office Live is best for any level of experience. My first site was created with Office Live. I still know about as much HTML as a bird, so it was perfect for me. It’s simple, easy to use and easy for beginners to figure out.

    Setting up your Office Live website is fairly easy. Just go to and create an account. It is only compatible with Internet Explorer and Firefox; sorry Chrome users. Once logged in, click Design Site. You will be on a hub page that shows you statistics of your site and a list of your pages. You can add a new page from this menu. From here, you can add text, images, videos and more. You can add anything you want, depending on what you want your site to be. My best suggestion is to just play around with it.

    There are endless advantages to using Office Live. You can add your own domain, it is virtually ad-free, you can backup your site at any time, and there are options to change just about everything if you know how to code websites. With any service, there are a few drawbacks. There is no FTP access, so you cannot install a forum, blog, etc. There is also a poor selection of themes. If you are looking to make a stunning website, you may have a tough time finding a good theme.

    For a new website creator, Office Live is a dream come true. Not just because of its ease of use and friendly beginner interface, but because of the ability to expand. After becoming experienced with a website creator, you can learn coding and do whatever you want with your site. Office Live includes many tutorials on how to get started with learning coding, and helpful tips on their forum. This makes Office Live the best for new users who wish to improve in the future.
    #1 agentmanningctu, Aug 8, 2010
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2010

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