How to Create a Math Websiteby C.D. Crowder
A math website is the perfect way to provide extra help for others, create a place for students to share notes and study, and allow anyone to learn new or refresh existing math skills. A math website can be as simple or complex as you wish. You should have detailed instructions and examples at the ready. These are two of the main things visitors look for on a math website. You can host your website for free or purchase a domain and hosting for a more reliable math website.
Determine who will host your math website. See the Resources section for both free and paid hosting. You will also need to determine whether to use a sub-domain with a free host or purchase your own domain name. Domain names are typically around $6 to $10 per year. Some paid hosting sites will give you a free domain name of your choice with purchase.
Use a web page creator to design your web pages. Many hosting sites provide you with WYSIWYG editors. You can use these instead if they are available. Typical pages you will need are: purpose of the site (what topics you're covering), definition of terms, examples with worked-out solutions, problems with links to the solutions, and a list of helpful books or other websites.
Determine whether the site will require a user logon or not. If you will have forums, you should consider creating user logons. If the site is strictly for reference, then you will not need logons. For logons, you will need a host that supports databases. You can then link the database to your logon page to store user data. Most math websites only use logons if the site provides a tutoring or other for pay service. You can allow users to create a name on the fly when using forums to prevent using logons.
Create examples of each math concept you wish to cover. You can create these in the WYSIWYG editor or by scanning a written example. If you scan examples, simply upload these files to your web host and place them as you would any image file. Use a math text book or other math website as a reference. Keep examples in a logical order, or in order of increasing difficulty.
Test all links to different pages before going live with your site. You may want to ask friends and family members to also browse the site to help you test. Also, use testers to verify your examples and information. Double-check your equations yourself as well to be sure all information is accurate.
- check Decide in advance what topics you want to cover. This includes what area of mathematics and how advanced you wish to be. You can always add more later, but the initial information will help create a dedicated following.
- check Provide a contents page that links to each individual topic so users don't have to browse for their information.