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Creating a website

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 26 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:s128
  1. Una Coales, general practitioner

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 start from as little as £9

  • Log on to 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, enabling you to upload your files on to your web page

  • Note your FTP user name and password as provided by 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