Intended for healthcare professionals

Career Focus

Creating a website

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7493.s128 (Published 26 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:s128
  1. Una Coales, general practitioner
  1. Londonwww.mrcgpcourses.co.uk

Getting professionals to create a website can be expensive. I was quoted £4000 ($7600; €5800). Here are my tips on how to create a website yourself.

  • Select a catchy domain name

  • Purchase a domain. Domains ending in co.uk start from as little as £9

  • Log on to www.easyspace.com. This site offers reasonable rates to purchase a domain.

  • Purchase a set up and maintenance package from this website for an annual fee ranging from £30 a year to £400 a year, depending on whether you also want facilities to take credit card payments or show multimedia

  • Purchase and download the WS FTP home software programme (£30) from www.ipswich.com, enabling you to upload your files on to your web page

  • Note your FTP user name and password as provided by easyspace.com as you will need to enter this information for the WS FTP software to log on to your web page

  • Design your own web page, starting with Microsoft Word, adding background colour, text, and jpeg picture files to your cover page

  • Save this cover page as “index.html” file

  • Purchase “Creating Web Pages for Dummies”, by Bud Smith and Arthur Bebak, for further tips to add multimedia, navigation bars, links, and MP3

  • Purchase “Creating a Web Page with HTML”, by Elizabeth Castro, for a visual step by step guide to embellish your web pages

  • Store all additional pages in html format

  • Sign on to your internet provider and click on the WS FTP link on your desktop. You will be asked to create a folder. I suggest “My Web-site.” The software allows you to move your html files directly to your website and execute them online

  • Get Googled. Submit your website page to www.google.co.uk/addurl.html