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Basic Steps in Developing a Website

by Ron Kurtus (updated 21 December 2022)

The basic steps involved in developing a website start with the creation of the site, including its web pages and navigation on a local computer. Then the pages are uploaded to your internet host server. You can later edit your material and synchronizing the changes.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.

Creating a local site

In developing a website, most of the work is usually done on a local computer and then uploaded to the server of the actual site. First, you should create a local site with your web development software—usually Adobe Dreamweaver. Then, you create your individual web pages. Finally, you create an effective navigation system for your site.

Local site

Dreamweaver has the capability to create a website. This is very useful in maintaining your links and performing other site management tasks. Part of creating a site is deciding how it will be organized. You may want folders to divide your material into logical areas. This is very similar to how you organize the folders and directories on your hard drive.


You can create your individual pages and file them in the appropriate folders. Images, sounds and other special effects can be added. They also should be filed in appropriate folders.

Development of web pages includes entering and formatting text, images, tables and other features.


It is important to create a good system of navigation, so the user can easily get from one place to another. At one time frames were used for navigation, but they created difficulties in printing pages, as well as problems for search engines to find a page.

Uploading the site

After the site is sufficiently completed, you can upload the files and folders to your online location. This is done via the file transfer protocol (FTP). It is assumed that you have a folder in your Internet provider's server for your site, as well as the FTP address and login permissions.

Once the site is uploaded, it is ready for viewing.

Making changes

You can edit your web pages and even change the configuration of your local site. Any changes in file location required that all internal links are still valid.

It is also important to have a good method to keep track up your changes and upload them to your site. Both FrontPage and Dreamweaver allow you to synchronize the local and online sites, such that the file dates are the same.


In developing a web site, you need to create the site, pages and navigation on a local computer, upload the material to an online site, and then edit the material and synchronizing your changes.

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