Where do I begin?

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This is my first website and I'm totally lost. I have no idea where to begin. I thought there would be detailed instructions in the "help" list, but there isn't. Do you have tutorials?

Thank you for your assistance.

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Hi Deb,

Actually, we have prepared many tutorials for first time website creators, just like you! We've tried to make it easy for people to get started. That's one of the great things about SynthaSite which I think you'll find from using our builder and from reading what other users have had to say: it's easy, and is designed for people who may not have the background in website design and/or coding experience.

So let me give you the link to our Support page tutorials, where you'll find all kinds of topics to help you create a beautiful, customized (and professional looking) website in very short time. http://www.synthasite.com/tutorials. We even have a video tutorial called "creating your first website" which will be a good introduction for you.

(Right now you are in Get Satisfaction, which encourages our growing community of users to contribute their questions, feature suggestions, advice, etc. to us, and to each other. You probably got here from our Support page, if you filled in the "Community Support" entry box...)

Good Luck!

~ Adrienne
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Once you get your site started here are some tips:

To begin you need traffic for your site.

First try out google analytics!On this you can see how many page veiws, how many visits, how many different countries, sources, everything. Here is some more info: http://www.google.com/support/analyti... You just need to add an html to the bottom of every page. If you need help with that go here: http://getsatisfaction.com/SynthaSite... HTML is a computer language devised to allow website creation. These websites can then be viewed by anyone else connected to the Internet. It is relatively easy to learn, with the basics being accessible to most people in one sitting; and quite powerful in what it allows you to create. It is constantly undergoing revision and evolution to meet the demands and requirements of the growing Internet audience under the direction of the ยป W3C, the organisation charged with designing and maintaining the language.

The definition of HTML is HyperText Markup Language.

HyperText is the method by which you move around on the web โ€” by clicking on special text called hyperlinks which bring you to the next page. The fact that it is hyper just means it is not linear โ€” i.e. you can go to any place on the Internet whenever you want by clicking on links โ€” there is no set order to do things in.
Markup is what HTML tags do to the text inside them. They mark it as a certain type of text (italicised text, for example).
HTML is a Language, as it has code-words and syntax like any other language. When you put in certain codes you can make forms, backrounds (like for myspace) and so much more. The codes always use like theses <> Like ,These words will be bold and these will not because they are not in the triangle brackets. Go here http://www.yourhtmlsource.com/starthe... for more information. Once you begin to really get in to your web page it will be easier to understand.

Oh and about search engines...
Some search engines will pick you up, some won't.
To get noticed you need imbound links. An inbound link is a link on another website or blog that links to your site. So for example, if you posted a link here it would be an inbound link. You can read more about inbound links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inbound_...

There are a number of ways you can get inbound links:
1) Comment on blogs and include a link to your site (if the blog allows that sort of commenting and it is relevant to the thread - use good "netiquette")
2) Email people with sites that are related to yours and ask them to link to you

Remember to keep build up your links to other sites as well, as this also helps.

Here is a post in our forum where one user has shared a wealth of excellent ideas from his own experience:

And here is a thread in this forum where you can post a link to your site!:

Promoting your site through linking to other sites and getting them to link to you should be an ongoing project. It is especially important in with a new site, where most of your traffic will not come from the search engines, but from referring sites.

You can also try to add your site to google like this:
http://www.google.com/addurl/ When doing it like this there is no garuntee it will get on there though.

And by the way when you use google analytics it automatically adds your site to google. It may take a while to get on there though. So be patient. I hope that is enough information for you. Good luck on your site!