Creating a Web Page in Linux
By Annie Mueller
Creating a Web page in Linux can be done in a variety of ways. There are many Web editing and Web design software programs, known as WYSIWYG programs, that are available for the Linux operating system. WYSIWYG stands for what-you-see-is-what-you-get; these programs allow you to see what your Web page will look like as you create it. Many people choose to install one of those programs and use it to design and create Web pages. Popular choices include TinyMCE, SPAW Editor and PWEditor (see Resources below).
For website creators with enough HTML knowledge, building a Web page using only an HTML editor is a quick and easy way to create a Web page. An HTML editor is usually very simple; you open it to find a basic text editor type interface and simply type in the HTML code that, when saved in .html format and published online, will produce a Web page. Popular choices for Linux HTML editors include EditiX and OpenWebSuite (see Resources below).
Once the Web page has been created, either through a WYSIWYG software program or an HTML editor, there are many options for Linux users in how to publish the Web page. One way is to use an open-source FTP client, such as FileZilla, to transfer the HTML file from the computer's hard drive to the appropriate folder on the server so that it will be published online. Of course, individual hosting services each have different methods of transferring files as well; some offer Web-based file uploading and some offer Web-based FTP options (see Resources below).
Any Linux user can also take advantage of the many simple options for creating a Web page online using platforms such as Blogger.com or Wordpress.com to quickly design and publish a simple Web page. Firefox is usually the Web browser of choice, though Opera and Songbird are also nice options. Once you open the browser, simply follow the normal procedure for creating a Web page through any of the online options for designing and hosting a Web page.
Annie Mueller is a professional writer and blogger. Since 2003 she has written extensively on small business, finances, parenting, education and personal growth, and has been published on Financial Edge and many other websites. Mueller attended Missouri Baptist College and earned her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in English from Mississippi State University.