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If you come across a word you don’t understand try looking it up using Webopedia.com. They offer a great selection of computer/Internet related definitions, complete with links and articles pertaining to each term. Also, you can use these glossaries if you are unable to find any particular word:

For most basic shared hosting; the operating system should not make a big difference. UNIX and Linux are stable and more affordable than Windows. Microsoft FrontPage is supported on the Windows OS, UNIX, and Linux. To find out which OS best suites your needs read these articles:

Also, here are the official definitions of the different operating systems:

What to Expect From a Good Web Host:

Keep in mind budget web hosts cannot always provide all of this, but at minimum all web hosting providers should supply some kind of money-back guarantee and responsive support. Even pure email support can sometimes be quick and responsive.

24 Hour Support (preferably telephone)

Money-Back Guarantee (at least a 14 day minimum)

If you choose a free web host such as Geocities you won’t even need a web publishing tool. They let you make your web site online by using easy to use templates, and interactive online tools provided by their web site. For more free web hosts see our free web hosting guide. For those of us, however, looking to create a professional web site, a visual web publishing tool is a quite a valuable investment, unless you prefer working only in simple raw HTML, in which case Notepad should be sufficient. Listed below are some major WYSIWYG web publishing tools. WYSIWYG simply stands for “What You See is What You Get”. I’m not sure why the industry calls it that, should just be called visual web editor or publishing tool.

WYSIWYG Web Publishing Tools:

Dreamweaver(Street price:$399) In advanced web publishing, Dreamweaver is the industry standard, hands down. Sometimes knowing very basic HTML will help in developing pages using dreamweaver. The tool is far more professional, however the steepest learning curve of the visual editors.

FrontPage(Street price: $149) With FrontPage you don’t need to know a bit of html to design a professional quality web site, however it seems that FrontPage has complications with browsers other than Internet Explorer. Click here to look for web hosts offering FrontPage support.

Free Web Publishing FTP Tools:

Download.com – HTML Editors
Contains many free trials of web publishing tools; some are fully free.

Download.com – FTP
A useful selection of free FTP tools.

Graphics Design Tools:

Paint Shop Pro has a variety of different versions, demos, and free versions. All of them are extremely easy to use, and extremely powerful. We highly recommend you take the time to look around their web site. The majority of the graphics used on HostCompare.com have been designed using Paint Shop Pro. It is an incredibly affordable and easy alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

From Flash, to Fireworks, the people at Macromedia know how to make incredible graphics design software. Be sure to visit their web site, and take a look at the many products they have to offer.

Adobe provides industry standard software for creating visually attractive pictures and illustrations.

Also visit Download.com – Design Tools for a selection of free trials, and free tools.

Useful Beginner Resources:


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