Thanks to David F. Buckland for leading me to some of his blog posts that I think you’ll find helpful for starting a website and/or blog. They were written in 2009 and things move at light speed in the virtual world, but the principles still hold and provide detailed background information.
“Decisions for a Web Site – Part 1 – Design” explains basic principles about HTML and CSS, your domain name, and webhost, focusing on design. If these concepts confuse you, read the article!
“Decisions for a Web Site — Part 2 – Web Host” tells you what to look for in a web host and some guidelines for making a decision.
“Decisions for a Web Site — Part 3 – Domain” focuses on our domain name. This post is pretty technical, but again, it’s good to know these basics.
“Blog as Website” explains how you can use blogging software to create a website, with or without an actual blog. This is the setup I recommend for people starting out on their own without a big budget, as I explained in an earlier post, “How should you create your website?”