How to Publish a Website With Microsoft Publisher

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How to Publish a Website With Microsoft Publisher
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Although Microsoft Publisher is certainly not the most powerful publishing software on the market, it can be used to publish simple websites. The advantage to using Microsoft Publisher instead of some of the more powerful software programs is that it can cost less than half the cost of other programs. Microsoft Publisher is also a what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) program, which means that you don’t have to learn programming language to create and edit Web pages in it. Both file transfer protocol (FTP) and publishing to Web location are supported in Microsoft Publisher.

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  1. 1

    Open the Microsoft Publisher file you would like to use for your website page on your computer. Click “File” on the toolbar after you have designed the Web page the way you would like it appear on the Internet.

  2. 2

    Click “Run Design Checker.” Place a check mark next to “Run web site checks.” Note any issues that may appear in the box below because these may cause problems for anyone viewing your website. Make the necessary changes.

  3. 3

    Click “Web Page Options.” Enter the page title you would like to appear with this page at the top of the pop up menu. Choose the file name you would like to associate with this page on your website. Enter the description and keywords you would like to associate with your page with search engines. Click “OK” to save your settings. Click “Web Page Preview” to preview what your web page may look like in your Internet browser.

  4. 4

    Click “File” from the toolbar again. Click “Save As.” Locate a safe folder on your computer’s hard drive to save the Web page file to for your own records. Change the Save as type to “Web page, filtered.” Click “Save.”

  5. 5

    Click “File” again. Click “Publish to the Web” if you upload your website through FTP. Click Add/Modify FTP Locations.” Enter the FTP site you use, your user name and the password associated with it. Click “OK.” Click “OK” one more time to finish the settings. Click “File” again and then click “Publish to the Web.” Double click the FTP site you use and click the folder you want use as your location. Click “Save.”

    Click “File” if you publish your website to a Web location. Click “Publish to the Web.” Enter the URL of the server you use to publish your website. Click “Save.” Enter your user name and password. Click “OK.” Double click the folder to save your web page to. Click “OK.”

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to name your home page “Default” or “Index,” depending on the guidelines of your web hosting company.
  • Microsoft Publisher 2007 is the last version of this program that supports creating HTML files. Microsoft Publisher 2010 will edit and publish HTML files but not create them.

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