A web site, for purposes of this very simple discussion, is simply a collection of "pages", which say what you want your site to say. We will summarize first the few steps involved in getting a web site up and running, and then discuss in simple terms your options for each step.
Generally the most expensive part of having a web site is paying someone to provide a home for your web site on their web server. Some ISPs ( Internet Service Providers) provide free web hosting if your website is only a few pages.
Probably you will want to find someone else to do this for you. He/she will use either a text-editor or word processor to write the pages directly in a language called HTML, XML, etc., or one of the many programs that generate the required code.
If you are motivated, it would not be hard to learn to do this yourself. The easiest way to generate your own web page is to use your browser to download and save one similar to what you want and then use a text editor to modify it according to your needs.
Unless your web hoster has a specialized proceedure for this, you generally will download the pages using a program known as an FTP client. FTP stands for file transfer protocol and the program will use that protocol to upload your pages to your web server. You will need to know the URL (address) of the webserver, typically something like "ftp.webserver.com", and the correct login name and password.
If you want your site be accessed as something like www.mychosenname.com you need to arrange for two things.
By far, the best and cheapest domain name registrar is GoDaddy.com.
The domain name you want must not have been taken previously by someone else.
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