What is a Homepage?

     The Internet is a huge library where people can submit there own work for others to see.  Instead of having "books", the Internet consists of homepages.  These homepages can contain anything.  Some people create homepages about themselves, their pets, their favorite rock bands, their religious beliefs, or anything that interests them.  These homepages are connected through the World Wide Web where everybody can access them.  You can create your own homepage about whatever you want, and people all over the world will be able to see what you have to say. 

Where do I get a Free Homepage?

You can check out these sites to get free a free homepage:

Geocitites  -  Geocities is one of the biggest places on the internet to get a free homepage.  Something that Geocities does is it advertises itself on your homepage.  They are giving you a free homepage, so allowing them to advertise on it might not seem to be that bad of a deal, but if you'd rather not have Geocities ads on you're page, try getting a homepage through a different site.  Geocities is part of Yahoo!, so to make a homepage, you will need a Yahoo! ID.  You can go to Geocities by clicking the link at the beginning of the paragraph, and then simply sign up for a free Yahoo! ID.  Once you've done that, click on "build a home page" and sign in.  Next, click on "page builder", which will help you get started on your page.  Everything that you need to build it is on-line, so you can access it from anywhere.  If you pick one of their templates, it puts text on there and you just have to delete it and replace it with your own.  If you need more help with anything, Geocities offers tech support and will be able to guide you through it.

Tripod - Tripod homepages don't have the advertisements for Tripod at the top of the page like Geocities does.  Instead, a seperate window will appear that one can close easily.  Tripod claims to have an easy step-by-step process to help beginners create a homepage.  Go to build homepages icon and click on it.  You should see the icon for the step-by-step easy building towards the top of the page.  Click on it.  Once you select the format of your page, it will ask for your Tripod member name and password.  If you do not have one of these, don't worry, it's free.  Just go to where it says "sign up now."  It does not ask for an address, simply an email address and zip code.  Fill out the registration form and you're ready to start making your own Tripod homepage.

1 Chat Boulevard -  1 Chat Boulevard is less well known that Geocities and Tripod, but a benefit of that is the URL's to your homepage are not as complicated and long.  When you register for a free homepage, it asks you for a home address and a job description, but if you leave these fields blank, it will still register you.  To use this site, a little more knowledge about the internet is needed.  It is not as user friendly for beginners and lacks many of the easy-to-understand icons that Geocities and Tripod have.  Like Tripod, when someone goes to your homepage, a new, small window will appear advertising 1 Chat Boulevard, but it is easy to close and it is not actually part of your homepage.

Homestead  - Homestead claims that it is the easiest way to build a free web page.  Right under their logo, they have a quote from PC Magazine that says, "Building Web Pages just doesn't get any easier-- or more fun."   A neat thing about Homestead is that when you register, you get to pick what the URL to your homepage will be.  Also, when you register, they don't ask for a home address, simply an email address and zip code.  If you are a beginner, I would recommend trying out Homestead and seeing if you like it because PC Magazine is a reliable source.  



Project Site, Honors Composition 102, Fall 1999

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1999-2000 Clemson University First Year Composition
Dr. Christine Boese, assistant professor




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